By Kelley L. Carter
It was a shocking episode of "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday night (May 4), when former "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson was sent home. The show teased viewers until the very last minute before it was ultimately revealed that Anderson and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews were in the bottom two — a move that shocked both the studio audience and the judges themselves.
Like previous eliminees Jake Pavelka and Kate Gosselin before her, Anderson was visibly upset as she prepared to speak. "This has been one of the best experiences in my life and that says a lot. I've had a lot of great experiences," she said. "I wish everybody well, all the dancers. It was a great experience. It's hard to describe."
The judges said they were surprised to see both Anderson and Andrews in the bottom two. Len Goodman called it heartbreaking. The top scorers of the night were Olympian Evan Lysacek — who earned the season's first perfect score from the judges on Monday night — and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who were tied with 54 points total. Football star Chad Ochocinco chased the two with the next best score, 52. But ousted pro Tony Dovolani, who was partnered with Gosselin this season, told MTV News this week that he's rooting for Andrews to take home the prize.
"I love my girl Erin. She's dancing with my best friend Maks," he said. "Her personality, her dancing ability, her beauty — everything makes her the front-runner. I think she's hilarious. I think she's fantastic and she's what this show is about."
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