Holly Madison, former girlfriend of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, beat Denise Richards, actress and former wife of Charlie Sheen, in Tuesday's "Dancing with the Stars" dance-off contest.
The two "celebrities," paired with their professional dance partners, competed against each other on the results episode of ABC's hit show by dancing the same routines that landed them in the bottom two after Monday's results were calculated.
Holly, with partner Dmitry Chaplin, danced first and proved to the judges that she was no longer "Hot on top. Wooden on the bottom," as judge Len Goodman said Monday night. Total scores for Holly from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were 18. That's one more point than she was given Monday night.
Denise, with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, danced second. "You are good under pressure, Denise," Carrie Ann said. Len Goodman said Denise improved enough to stay on the show. After some confusion over the scoring, (Carrie Ann held up a paddle that read 6, but the TV screen scroll bar read 7), the new total for Denise was 20.
Simple addition indicated that 20 would beat 18 and Denise would win, right? Wrong. After the complicated "Dancing with the Stars" math equation that combined Tuesday night's judges' scores with Monday night's viewers' votes, Holly won.
Denise was sad to be eliminated from the competition, but she was proud of her performance. "My daughters love my dancing... I'm a huge fan of the show and I'll continue to be so," she said.
Could Holly be more than just a girl next door? Could she be this season's dancing star? Tune in next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC for the next series of dances.