The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star and her professional partner Mark Ballas were revealed to be the third couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' seventh season during last night's live results show broadcast on ABC.
Kim and Mark were eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performances and home viewer votes cast following the broadcast.
"Tonight five years ago my father passed away, and I just know he's really happy and watching over me and I made him proud," Kim told host Tom Bergeron after he revealed her ouster over former The Mary Tyler Moore Show actress Cloris Leachman and partner Corky Ballas, who were the only other couple still on-stage facing elimination.
"My dad, he's doing such a great job, he inspires me and he's always been my hero and I'm so proud to be sharing the stage with him," Mark said of his father and professional member of the only other team onstage when his elimination was revealed. "I'm glad he's still alive [in the competition]. Keep voting for him!"
Kim and Mark's rumba during the show's second week performances -- which each couple was given only four days to prepare and practice for -- had received a lackluster response and a score of 17 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman.
While the judges had felt Kim had a lot of dancing potential, they'd also noted that the couple's rumba had lacked emotion.
"It's the 'Pussycat Dead' not the 'Pussycat Dolls.' It's colder and more distant than Siberia," said Bruno. "I understand you're not a dancer and I understand that you don't move very well. But get the character! Go to the actors studio! You grab the character and sell it. Then we're getting somewhere!"
Len admitted to being "disappointed during the performance because of Kim's untapped potential.
"I want you to be a good dancer. My expectations are that you're going to be good. and then you come out and, it's just a bit cold," he said. "[With] the rumba you've got to show chemistry. It's got to have action and those things weren't there."
After Kim's assertion that she was doing the best that she could, Carrie Ann agreed with her and offered some tips if she advanced to the next round.
"I do think you're giving your best, but [what] you've got to do is probably watch [the] playback because to me I feel like I've seen the same dance three times, and I really want you to do well because there's something about you that I think is so appealing. Everyone is so attracted to watching you," Carrie Ann told her. "We want you to do well. Watch yourself on tape to see if you really look and compare with everybody else. If [you think you don't], figure out a way to bring a little bit more to the dance floor."
"I've been through so much I don't think anyone can really put a dent in my confidence. I'm just gonna try harder and hopefully the fans keep us in. I'll have to put my -- what is it? -- rear into gear and work it a little more," Kim told co-host Samantha Harris after the judges score was revealed.
"Who cares! We're having fun!" she added.
For the third time in as many performances, former Rock Star host Brooke Burke and professional partner Derek Hough had led Tuesday night's judges leaderboard. However, the pair were matched by former NFL star Warren Sapp and partner Kym Johnson. Both teams received scores of 24 for their paso doble routines.
They were followed by Toni Braxton and her partner Alec Mazo who received a score of 23.
Olympic gold medalist beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, All My Children actress Susan Lucci and partner Tony Dovolani, and Hannah Montana actor Cody Linley and partner Julianne Hough then all tied for fourth place with scores of 21.
Former 'N Sync member Lance Bass and partner Lacey Schwimmer were next in seventh place with a score of 20, followed by two-time Olympic gold medalist track star Maurice Greene and partner Cheryl Burke, who took eighth place with a score of 19.
Kim and Mark had finished in ninth place with a score of 17, followed by celebrity chef and former The Restaurant star Rocco DiSpirito and partner Karina Smirnoff's score of 16.
Once again, Cloris and Corky finished last in the judges' scoring with a score of 15.
Dancing with the Stars' next seventh-season performance episode will air Monday, October 6 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
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