"Dancing With the Stars" will be a little less hunky, now that Aiden Turner, the British "All My Children" soap stud, was eliminated Tuesday night.
"Each week I came out here, I gave it my all and I got less nervous dancing in front of an audience, and last night I had the best time," Turner said after his elimination.
Joining him in the bottom three were comedienne Niecy Nash and reality-TV mom Kate Gosselin, the latter of whom managed to survive another week in spite of being Monday night's lowest scorer.
The first two safe couples of the night were Chad Ochocinco and partner Cheryl Burke, and "The Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka and partner Chelsie Hightower.
Before they knew if they were safe, Pamela Anderson and partner Damian Whitewood, were asked to repeat Monday's rumba, the dance with which she wanted show the judges that she could be a refined dancer, not just sexy.
To draw out the suspense, the show aired clips of mock movie trailers, which helped promote next week's theme of "Movie Night."
"Ten seasons, first time I'm actually speechless," host Tom Bergeron joked after airing a trailer that featured a partner dance play on "Rambo."
Tuesday night's guest performances were diverse. Chart-topping artist Sade performed her latest single, "Babyfather," and an old favorite "Sweetest Taboo." Nuttin' But Stringz, the violin-playing brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar, added some hip-hop flavor to the show, delivering a high-energy string set layered over traditional hip-hop break beats, while dancers from the New York City Ballet performed in front of them.
And then montages of grainy video and old school photos of the show's professional dancers were shown, followed by performances by younger dancers who represent the future of ballroom.
Backstage, after being saved, Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger talked about why she cried at the conclusion of Monday night's show.
"I was upset about my performance," she said. "I was upset because I let my nerves get the best of me. I was just really frustrated with myself."