‘Dancing With The Stars’ Sends Buzz Aldrin Home

The 80-year-old astronaut is eliminated, as Kate Gosselin narrowly escapes the ax.

Kate plus eight (other celebrities, that is) are sticking around. Despite finishing second-to-last on Monday night and getting unfavorable comments from the judges — “You had the look of the super-bitch from hell,” Bruno Tonioli said to her the night before — Kate Gosselin remains on the 10th season of “Dancing With the Stars.”

It was 80-year-old former astronaut (and MTV icon) Buzz Aldrin, Monday night’s low-scorer, who was sent home. The results shocked the judges, who thought that the viewers at home would save him, despite not being the experts’ favorite.

“I did this show for the fighter pilots out there, the military people and the elder geezers like me, who would just like to see an elder come back week after week,” Aldrin said in his sign-off.

The first two safe celebrities of the night were soap stud Aiden Turner and ESPN’s Erin Andrews. Gosselin landed in the bottom three, but she and partner Tony Dovolani were able to slide by with the popular vote. Aldrin and partner Ashly Costa were saluted by the other contestants as they did an encore of their waltz.

The second results show of the season featured a performance by country music superstar Reba McEntire, who added some down-home flavor to the show, singing while four cowboy-dressed dancers strutted in front of her. McEntire also revealed that her season favorites are Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. “There are other bitter people backstage,” co-host Tom Bergeron joked in response.