After making her way to the final five on "Dancing With the Stars," [artist id="934"]Lil' Kim[/artist] and her dance partner, Derek Hough, were voted off the "DWTS" island Tuesday night, to the surprise of many.
Kim, who managed to wrangle a total score of 52 out of 60, despite a waltz that failed to impress the judges on Monday night, was narrowly beat out by Jewel's hubby, rodeo cowboy Ty Murray. Though he earned a much lower score of 46, Murray won the competition by surpassing Kim in audience votes.
"I think this is one of the greatest experiences I've ever experienced in my life," she said. "I think I brought different viewers [to the show]." Then she replied to the audience's cheers, saying, "I love you, too."
After the rapper learned that she is out of next week's semifinals, her partner, Hough, said of her, "Amazing person, amazing soul, amazing spirit — and an amazing dancer."
The remaining four celebrities on the show are Murray, Gilles Marini from the "Sex and the City" movie, "The Bachelor" star Melissa Rycroft and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.
Back in March, MTV News caught up with Kim during her rehearsals for the show, and she gushed about the chance to work with Hough. "He's the perfect person for me," Kim said. "And I think that he's such a great teacher that he's going to make my dancing talent shine through."
Kim said that she happily jumped at the chance to join the cast this season. "I always wanted to do it. I just felt like, when opportunity knocks twice, you have to say, 'Wait a minute ... I have to do this.' Dancing is in my heart."