ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Model and talk show host Amber Rose was eliminated Monday night on Dancing with the Stars after a lively night during which competitors performed Latin routines, including a steamy performance that earned actress Jana Kramer a perfect score and a standing ovation from judges and the ballroom audience.
Rose’s scores for her routines had put her solidly in the middle of the pack during her six weeks on the show’s season 23, although last week she ended up in a four-way tie for last place. As the contestant with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week, she was eliminated Monday night.
The model and her pro partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy, hugged, and she said she was sad to go.
“You know, it was such an amazing experience and people don’t know this about me but I’m really shy in a lot of ways and I think that showed on the ballroom floor, and I tried my best, and thank you so much for having me here,” she told hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron.
Backstage, after her elimination, Rose said, “I’m kinda happy to go to sleep.”
She made headlines earlier this month when she took Julianne Hough to task after the judge said Rose’s previous routine — an ultra-sexy salsa — made her “uncomfortable” to watch.
Speaking on the dance floor following her Argentine tango, Rose told Hough that she interpreted the earlier comment more as a criticism of her curvy body rather than of her performance, adding, “When you said that I felt very embarrassed, and I felt like you weren’t talking about my dance but if I have misunderstood then I apologize.”
Hough replied that she loved that dance was a “universal platform” that allowed everyone — no matter what shape, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation — to express themselves. She reiterated to Rose that she was judging “only the dancing.”
Prior to the announcement of the results, Rose and her eight fellow contestants and their pro partners performed either a rumba, salsa, samba, paso doble, cha cha or Argentine tango.
Miami rapper Pitbull was the guest judge. He opened the show with a live performance of his song “Greenlight,” accompanied by the rapper Flo Rida and singer LunchMoney Lewis.
Monday night’s high scorer/standout moment: Actress Jana Kramer’s pro partner Gleb Savchenko said he hoped their Argentine tango would be the hottest routine in Dancing history, and it seemed the pair accomplished that goal: The routine was met with cheers and a sustained standing ovation from the ballroom audience and all four judges.
Judge Bruno Tonioli described the steamy performance — which opened with Kramer and Savchenko on a silk-covered bed and ended with the two being drenched under a shower — as “pulsating with lust.” He added that it was “as down and dirty as you can possibly go and I loved every minute of it!” His fellow judges concurred. “Now that is chemistry!” Julianne Hough said, adding, “I think you just, like, set the record for hottest Argentine tango for sure.” Carrie Ann Inaba praised Kramer for dancing as though she meant to “take that mirror ball trophy,” while Pitbull said it was “getting hot” in the ballroom after the routine. Kramer earned four 10s for a perfect score of 40.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: 40
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: 38
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 37
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold: 37
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: 34
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: 31
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: 30
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber: 30
Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 28 (They were eliminated.)
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