In the final minutes of Tuesday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” telecast, it came down to Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy vs. Carson Kressley and his partner Anna Trebunskaya.
Both were thought to be fan favorites — Solo and Chmerkovskiy were consistently applauded for their great technique; the other couple for their whimsy and crowd appeal — but it was Kressley and Trebunskaya who were eliminated in the end.
On Monday night’s show, Kressley had said this week was his most stressful. Still, he and Trebunskaya took on the jive and gave it a colorful, cheerleader-like spin. The judges thought it was good, wacky fun but lacked technique. “This is a crowning achievement in madness,” Bruno Tonioli told them Monday night.
When Kressley’s name was called, the crowd booed, but the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” star said he was proud of what he’d accomplished.
“I gotta say thank you to everyone involved,” he said after learning his fate. “Anna has been the most amazing, patient and kind partner. This has been pure joy for me. I hope I could make people smile and laugh and have a great time.”
Host Tom Bergeron joked that it was a shame Kressley was leaving before next week’s theme, which is Broadway. He also told Kressley that he gets to keep the outfits he wore on the show, to which he cheered and said it was just in time for Halloween.
“It was great being here,” Kressley said. “I can’t say enough about what a great, positive experience this was. I’ll be back every week cheering for my castmates!”
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