After eight weeks of “Dancing With the Stars” competition, former “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert was sent packing. And on her birthday, no less, as we were reminded several times on Tuesday night’s results show.
“I can’t even describe what a learning and growing experience this has been,” said Melissa, as she began to cry.
“This is not the best way to spend your birthday, my friend!” Tom Bergeron interjected, perhaps hoping for a few more tears to amp the drama.
“Yeah, well, actually it is,” Melissa contradicted. “Cause I’m amazed I even made it this far.”
While Melissa was looking on the bright side, she wasn’t the only contestant given bad news. Disney star Roshon Fegan wound up in the bottom two couples for the third week in a row, and this time, there wasn’t a dance duel to save him.
And even though he got high scores from the judges this week, neither he nor his partner, Chelsie Hightower, seemed particularly surprised to hear the news when they were the first couple to be eliminated.
“Roshon, you leave us on such an high note...are you happy that you can now add ballroom dancing to your talent?” Brooke Burke Charvet pondered.
Roshon confirmed he was definitely happy about that. No mention about how all those “how to be a man” lessons from the professional dancers have impacted/traumatized him.
Other highlights of the episode:
* ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, former NFL star and “DWTS” contestant Jerry Rice, and judge Len Goodman appeared for their annual “Dance Center” segment, in which they make fun of the contestants.
In their expert opinion, Katherine Jenkins is obsessed with “naughty bits”; Roshon looks like a young Barack Obama, but the only difference is that Obama has a chance of winning “DWTS” this season; Maria Menounos’s shrill laugh would make the perfect car alarm or smoke detector; Melissa cries too much; Donald Driver falls down a lot. There was something about William Levy being a dreamboat, but for some reason that segment required a photo of Len Goodman in a speedo, and that image is permanently burned into our brain.
* Chris Brown performed. Unlike last year’s appearance, it was without the added drama of wondering whether anyone would bring up the very recent temper tantrum he had thrown on “Good Morning America” when he didn’t like the questions Robin Roberts asked him about his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
* “DWTS” producers waited three weeks to pay tribute to Dick Clark, who died last month at age 82, so they had time to pull out all the stops. Former “American Bandstand” dancers waved from the audience while the dance troupe delivered an old-school performance.
Next week the final four — Katherine Jenkins, Donald Driver, Maria Menounos and William Levy — compete in the semi-finals, one week away from the season finale and presentation of the Mirror Ball Trophy.