Say goodbye to the bling. Chad Ochocinco, the celebrity contestant who showered his dance partner, Cheryl Burke, with ridiculously expensive-looking pieces of jewelry throughout this season on "Dancing With the Stars," was sent home on Tuesday night.
Not that his ouster was too much of a shock for the football star — the Cincinnati Bengals player was the only one of the final four celebrity dancers who had zero previous dance training, even though his improvements continued to impress the judges week after week. Ochocinco joked that he'd be back next year "as a professional."
"This was awesome," Ochocinco said after being eliminated. "I enjoyed the journey. I met some wonderful people. I got some great criticism that's only made me stronger ... and I'll miss 'em all, especially the beautiful Cheryl Burke. And in my eyes really, I've already won."
Burke said that Ochocinco was the most humble guy you'll ever meet. "The most amazing, soft, gentle man in the world, and I've had such an amazing experience with you. Thank you."
At the beginning of the results show, Olympic skater Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya were the first to learn that they were safe and had landed a spot in the finals. It was their paso doble from the night before that was picked for the reprisal dance; judges considered it his strongest performance of the season.
Musical guests Sarah McLachlan — who performed her old hit "Angel" — and Miley Cyrus — who sang her new tune "Can't Be Tamed" — played while dancers performed in front of them.
Nicole Scherzinger and partner Derek Hough, and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, also are in the finals.
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