'Dancing with the Stars' ousts Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/11/2012
Dancing with the Stars eliminated Sherri Shepherd and professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy during Tuesday night's third live fourteenth-season results show on ABC.
The comedienne and The View co-host and Chmerkovskiy became the third couple ousted from the competition based on the combination of the Dancing with the Stars judges' scores they received during Monday night's performance show and the home viewer votes that were cast afterwards.
"I just want to say thank you for letting me live a dream that I've always had, and I want to say I've got the most amazing partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. I want to say to every person out there -- that thing that scares you the most, that makes you say, 'I don't know if I can do it. I'm scared,' run towards it because it's so amazing on the other side," Shepherd said following her ouster.
"She's an incredible person. She fought for me and I'm just really, really, really sorry. I'm really sorry that I didn't do a good enough job for you," Chmerkovskiy told her.
"This is the most amazing -- no, I love you," Shepherd interjected. "I thank you all and I had the most amazing time. Thank you."
Shepherd and Chmerkovskiy finished in ninth place on Monday night's judging leaderboard after they performed a tango routine which received 21 out of 30 possible points from Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The performance show had featured the competition's 10 remaining couples dancing to rock hits.
Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower were the other couple still in danger of elimination prior to Shepherd and Chmerkovskiy's ouster, as Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron noted they were actually the other couple in the bottom two based on the combination of the judges' scoring and home viewer votes from this week's performance show.
Fegan and Hightower finished tied for second place on the judges' leaderboard with entertainment reporter and Extra host Maria Menounos and partner Derek Hough after they each danced a routine which received 26 points from the judges. Fegan and Hightower performed a Viennese waltz, while Menounos and Hough danced the tango.
NFL player Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd finished in first place on the leaderboard after they performed a paso doble which earned 27 points.
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas finished in fourth place after they received 24 points for their paso doble performance.
Singer Gavin DeGraw and partner Karina Smirnoff followed closely behind Jenkins and Ballas in fifth place with 23 points after dancing a tango routine.
Sixth place also represented a tie between three couples: former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, actor Jaleel White and partner Kym Johnson and actor and telenovela star William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke. All three couples received 22 points from the judges.
Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a paso doble routine, White -- who is best known for his role on ABC's sitcom Family Matters -- and Johnson danced the tango, and Levy and Burke performed a jive.
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Singer Gladys Knight and partner Tristan MacManus finished in tenth -- and last -- place at the bottom of the leaderboard after they performed a tango routine which received only 20 points from the judges.
Also during last night's results show, Bergeron gave viewers an update on Gilbert's condition after she had been hospitalized following her Monday night performance, explaining she had suffered a mild concussion but is expected to be fine for next week's show.