(LOS ANGELES) — So much for “happy birthday.” On the day she turned 48, former Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert and her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
Disney actor Roshon Fegan and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, also got the boot as part of the ABC series’ double-elimination week.
That leaves four couples to battle it out in next week’s semifinals: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, and William Levy and Cheryl Burke.
Gilbert, the lowest-scoring celebrity on Monday’s performance show, said it was a joyful birthday for her despite her elimination because she made it so far in the competition.
Fegan — who was situated in the upper half of the leader board thanks in part to a foxtrot that earned him a score of 29 out of a possible 30 — said he was happy he learned ballroom dancing moves.
Chris Brown was the musical guest on the results show, performing “Turn Up the Music.” There was also a dancing tribute to the late Dick Clark.
Dancing with the Stars‘ semifinals round begins next Monday on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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