Tuesday night’s “Dancing with the Stars” ended with the elimination of one of the show’s most popular contestants.
Comedian Andy Dick struggled to compete during “DWTS’” Latin Week, earning just 17 points for his solo rumba. After a second poor performance in a dance-off against Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, the audience voted to send Dick home.
”You’ve taken an unforgettable, classic dance, something that is in everybody’s mind, and now I wish I could forget,” said judge Bruno Tonioli, drawing boos from the studio audience.
Sharna Burgess, Andy’s professional dancing partner, expressed disappoint in the judge’s tendency to mock Dick rather than offer constructive criticism.
"I'm mad because, yes, we do have the judges that say, 'Your commitment, your heart' ... but then we have this one judge that likes to stand up every week and tell jokes and be mean to be funny," Burgess told On The Red Carpet. "There's not one week when [Bruno Tonioli] has given us a dance criticism."
"I'm always the butt of the joke, always," Dick added, after the judges compared his dancing to Cloris Leachman and Woody Allen.
Despite his elimination and the judges’ harsh comments, Dick remained gracious in defeat.
"It's just been the best," an emotional Dick said. "The fact that we were still here in Week 7. Really, how? Why? How? Why? How? So it's been the best thing. I thank everybody here. … it's been a wonderful ride.”
Dick and Burgess weren’t the only “Dancing with the Stars” duo to draw the ire of the show’s judges. Soap opera actor Ingo Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson also found themselves in the bottom two after an uninspired rumba.
"They say the hips don't lie, but in your case I wish they could,” Tonioli told the “General Hospital” star.
Still, Rademacher was able to bounce back in the dance-off round, defeating Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd with a rumba set to OneRepublic’s “Apologize.”
On the other end of the spectrum, “DWTS” darlings Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough continued their strong performance, earning the show’s first-ever immunity award for their spotless samba.
Raisman and Ballas also performed well, earning 29 points for their solo dance and winning their dance-off.
Six teams remain in this season’s “DWTS” competition. Week 8 will feature the “Trio Challenge,” in which each duo selects a previously eliminated professional to perform a new ballroom dance.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...