NFL star Chad Ochocinco and his partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated on Tuesday's "Dancing with the Stars" results show. He received the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes. Evan Lysacek, Erin Andrews and Nicole Scherzinger made it to next week's final round of competition.
"This was awesome... I enjoyed the journey... I got some great criticism that's only made me stronger... In my eyes, really, I've already won," Chad said.
"Chad is the most humble guy you'll ever meet. The most amazing, soft, gentle man in the world," Cheryl said.
When Erin and Chad were revealed to be in the bottom two, head judge Len Goodman told them that in previous seasons they both would have made it to the final round of competition. "This is the highest standard that we've ever had."
When asked about the possibility of an off-camera romance blooming, the couple kept quiet. "We'll remain friends," Chad said on his final episode. Rumors have swirled this season that a more-than-professional relationship existed between Chad and Cheryl but the couple hasn't admitted it. Chad did admit that he bought a large diamond ring for Cheryl as a thank-you gift.
Chad's final joke? "I'll be here as a professional next year." Well, we hope it's a joke.
Here's a recap of Monday's show:
On Monday's show ice skater Evan Lysacek and singer Nicole Scherzinger received the most judges' points with 59 out of 60 each. NFL star Chad Ochocinco received the fewest with 52. Sportscaster Erin Andrews earned 56.
Evan Lysacek, gold-medal winning ice skater, and partner Anna Trebunskaya earned a perfect 30 for their paso doble.
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "Strong yet artistic. Plenty of attack. Best elevation we've seen in a paso doble this season... You've got balls."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "Powerful... I loved it."
Len Goodman, 10: "The paso doble is the man's dance. The man should dominate. And it's so difficult for a celebrity guy to dominate these professionals and you did it."
Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, and partner Cheryl Burke earned 25 points for their samba in which Chad ripped off his shirt and danced a solo. The crowd went wild.
Len Goodman, 8: After joking(?) that his torso looked just like Chad's, he said: "You got a rough deal tonight because you had the toughest of the Latin dances and for a really tough dance you did a great job."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "I'm torn between adoration and bitter envy. I will never take my clothes off again... You got it right."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "You are just phenomenal. Your charisma lights up the room."
Nicole Scherzinger, singer for the Pussycat Dolls, and partner Derek Hough earned 29 points for the Cha Cha Cha to "Kiss" from Prince.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "It (looks like it) all comes so naturally from you but I know it doesn't. I know these styles are not natural for anyone on this show."
Len Goodman, 9: "I didn't think it showed off a lot of Cha Cha Cha... We're looking for who should get into the finals next week and you've got to be there."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "You are the sexylicious purple queen of the Cha Cha Cha."
Erin Andrews, ESPN broadcaster, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned 29 points for their paso doble.
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "You are a hot chick with an attitude. Tonight has turned into a feast."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "That was amazing. You're finally into your power."
Len Goodman, 9: "This is a funky-monkey paso doble... I don't know."
Here's what happened in round one:
Nicole Scherzinger, singer for the Pussycat Dolls, and partner Derek Hough earned a perfect score of 30 judges' points for their Argentine Tango despite Derek's injured neck.
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "You were like a divine enchantress using each move to draw us deeper and deeper and deeper into a love spell from which there is no escape. Enslaved by you. Enchanted by the dance."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "You took Bruno somewhere else but you brought me to tears... You are so amazing." Carrie's voice cracked as she uttered her heart-felt statement.
Len Goodman, 10: "This is the best compliment I ever can give. It was more delicious than my grandmother's apple pie."
Erin Andrews, ESPN broadcaster, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned 27 points. Proving the show is "live," Bruno accidentally held up his 10 paddle when asked to show his score. He quickly replaced it with the 9 paddle, but not before Maks and Erin got excited and were then crushed.
Len Goodman, 9: "You just made a giant leap through the door (to next week's finals). Well done."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "You have improved so much from the beginning. Wonderful."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "Each week I do see you grow and that's what this show is about."
Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver, and partner Cheryl Burke earned 27 points for their waltz.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "Chad Ochocinco just nailed the waltz. Where did you come from?"
Len Goodman, 9: "You're the only one with absolutely no dance experience in this semifinal... and to come out in the semifinal and produce a waltz like that: Fantastic."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "Respect. You're one of the guys that have the toughest criticism from us from day one. We've been so harsh because we knew there was something there for us to see. Tonight you showed it to us. You're a star."
Evan Lysacek, gold medal winning ice skater, and partner Anna Trebunskaya earned 28 points for their foxtrot.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "You were completely dancing for us. Completely aware of us. Entertaining us. Thank you."
Len Goodman, 9: "We saw a complete different side, the happy-go-luck, fun side and I thought that was absolutely wonderful."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "I didn't know you had it within you. That vivacity and that vitality. I haven't seen something like that since Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney." Host Tom Bergeron joked that Bruno hadn't seen that kinkd of enthusiasm since he looked in the mirror. Bruno laughed so hard he couldn't continue his statement.
Week eight: Actress Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel
Week seven: Actress Pamela Anderson and partner Damian Whitewood
Week six: "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka and his partner Chelsie Hightower
Week five: Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin and partner Tony Dovolani
Week four: "All My Children" star Aiden Turner and partner Edyta Sliwinska
Week three: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and his partner Ashly Costa
Week two: Shannen Doherty, aka Brenda Walsh on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210," and partner Mark Ballas.
Week one: No one.
Tom Bergeron's new co-host is season seven champion Brooke Burke. Former co-host Samantha Harris left the show.
Dancers Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, Karina Smirnoff and Dmitry Chaplin are missing from this season's lineup.