Leeza Gibbons and Tony Dovolani cut from 'Dancing with the Stars'
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/11/2007
Former Entertainment Tonight, Extra and Leeza host Leeza Gibbons and her partner Tony Dovolani were the third couple eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' fourth season during last night's live results show on ABC.
"I think just showing up here makes you a winner. My kids have been here every week supporting me, so thank you for that," said Gibbons upon learning she was the third celebrity participant eliminated. "This has been such a life experience for me. I will definitely miss wearing two sets of eye-lashes and the body glitter. What if we demand a recount? Dangling chads! We will not go!"
Tuesday night marked the second straightDancing with the Stars results show that Gibbons and Dovolani were among the bottom two couples based on a combination of the judges' scores from Monday night's performance and viewer votes. On Monday night, the judges had awarded Gibbons and Dovolani 16 out of 30 possible points for their Paso Doble performance.
"To this group of celebrities and these professional dancers with nerves of steel and hearts of gold... good gosh," added Gibbons. "Who gets to work with world-champions in private lessons? So thank you to Tony. He has been such a teacher to me."
The fourth week of performances by the Dancing with the Stars' couples also saw the first 10 of the season, which was achieved by former N Sync singer Joey Fatone and partner Kym Johnson and was awarded by judge Carrie Ann Inaba based on the pair's Paso Doble. Their total score from the judges was a 28.
"We're just having a great time and [Johnson] is a great teacher," said Fatone. "I try to take [what the judges say] to heart... and I thank everybody that's been voting so far. Especially my mom."
Based on the judges' scores, Fatone and Johnson were followed closely by two-time Olympic gold medalist speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and partner Julianne Hough with a 26; former Beverly Hills 90210 actor Ian Ziering and partner Cheryl Burke with a 24; and former model Heather Mills and partner Jonathan Roberts with a 23. After wowing the judges during their first two performances, professional boxer Laila Ali and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy scored a 21 for the second week in a row. They were tied with country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his partner Karina Smirnoff, who the judges think have shown improvements due to Cyrus' intense training.
"It's very difficult [to fit all the training in]. But at the same time, we're used to juggling our schedules -- all of us -- and making it happen," explained Cyrus. "If you're committed, you've got to make time to practice, and that's how you get better. I think everyone here on this stage is doing exactly that. We were even here on Easter Sunday... come on!"
For the third week in a row, former NBA star Clyde Drexler and his partner Elena Grineko finished in last in the judges' scoring with a 15 but survived due to viewer voting. In the bottom two based on a combination of judges' scores and viewer votes with Gibbons and Dovolani were former Cheers star John Ratzenberger and his partner Edyta Sliwinska. They scored a 16 with the judges.
Dancing with the Stars' third live results show of the fourth season also had a few surprises, as co-host Samantha Harris revealed that she and her husband Michael are expecting their first child together. Dancing with the Stars 2 champ Drew Lachey also returned during last night's episode to dance with Burke -- his old partner -- during country duo Big & Rich's performance of "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." Lachey also offered some advice to this season's celebrity dancers.
"I'm kind of scared giving advice because they're doing a great job. But if I could impart any wisdom to them it would be listen to what the judges say," said Lachey. "They know what they're talking about."
Dancing with the Stars' fifth performance episode will take place on Monday, April 16 on ABC from 8PM ET/PT to 9:30PM ET/PT, with half the couples dancing the samba and the other half dancing the rumba. On Tuesday, April 17 beginning at 9PM ET/PT, another couple will be eliminated from the competition based on a combination of the judges' scores and viewer votes.