(LOS ANGELES) — Gilles Marini and Kirstie Alley were both booted from Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Tuesday night in the eighth week of the competition, just one week shy of the semifinals.
Alley’s departure was announced midway through the hour-long show. The actress smiled when her name was announced. She said it had been an honor to have been asked to compete a second time on the show.
“I learned more about dancing, believe it or not,” she said. She thanked her professional dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “He’s so patient with me and he’s so helpful to me and I just love dancing….”
She also thanked her fans and the show’s three judges for their feedback.
Marini, the actor who was in the middle of a close pack Monday night, was fiercely competitive throughout the season and was a consistent high scorer. He failed to capture a perfect score of 30 but did come within a half-point of his goal.
He learned he was going home at the end of the show, and he called his second turn on the competition “an incredible experience.”
“I tried my very best,” he said, adding that Peta Murgatroyd, his professional dance partner, was “an angel out there, teaching me amazing things.”
He also thanked his wife for her support, and acknowledged that his participation on the show had been a challenge for his family.
Generally, one star is sent home each Tuesday on the results show, but because there was no show — and therefore no elimination — on Election Day, two stars were voted off Tuesday night.
Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores plus audience votes.
Tuesday’s show featured live performances from Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo and the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies.
Returning next week to perform in the semifinals are Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, actress Kelly Monaco, NFL legend Emmitt Smith, Olympian Shawn Johnson and TV personality Melissa Rycroft.
They will be dancing to styles and themes that they picked for each other Tuesday night. Their choices were: Surfer Flamenco, Knight Rider Bhangra, Big Top Jazz, Mad Monk Merengue, Espionage Lindy Hop and Caveman Hustle.
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