In a rare double-elimination week on Dancing with the Stars, it was Melissa Joan Hart and Louie Vito saying their farewells to the dancefloor on Tuesday night after the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star and the snowboarder came up short on the sixth week of competition.
On the elimination show, Melissa, who surprisingly had the lowest amount of votes, was cut first. That left the celebrities who also landed in the bottom three, Louie and football legend Michael Irvin to duke it out in a dance-off to determine who would stay and who would go.
In the end, judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba voted to keep Michael while Len Goodman was the sole vote to keep Louie, meaning the football player will dance again next week.
Melissa and partner Mark Ballas scored a total of 24 Monday night with a 20 in the waltz and 4 in the group mambo. A flu bug affected Melissa’s performance this week and she didn’t feel she was at her best.
But she told OK! afterward, “It’s all right.” Her only regret is “I promised my three-year-old [son] I was going to be dancing to the song “Bare Necessities” [from Disney's The Jungle Book] next week, and that’s not going to happen, so that’s a bummer. But I get to go back home to them!,” said Melissa, who lives in Connecticut with husband Mark Wilkerson and their two boys.
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Melissa did admit that she got a lot out of her DWTS experience. “I got to prove to myself that I could come out here and do it, I got to meet some fabulous people, I got to learn some dance moves, I got some sexy legs, I got some posture. I definitely lost some weight. I definitely want to keep the legs and the rest of it off, too. I’ve got to stop eating pasta, though,” she sighed of her high carb diet for dancing. The star hasn’t stepped on the scale recently, but Melissa knows the mannequin used for sizing her costumes for the show definitely kept getting smaller during the competition!
Next up for the 33-year-old actress is a sitcom pilot for ABC Family: “It’s about a bad girl politician who has to raise her children and Joey Lawrence will play my ‘manny,’ so that’s fun.”
Her partner Mark said they’ll always have the happy memory of their week four Charleston, their best dance, which earned them a 10 from Bruno. Mark will return to the show next week with his Ballas Hough band as they perform their song “Move” on the Nov. 3 results show.
The other eliminated couple, snowboarder Louie and pro partner Chelsie Hightower, had earned a 21 for their Monday night jitterbug, in which he displayed his patented aerial moves, and just 3 points for their group mambo for a total of just 24. But, embarrassingly, Louie dropped Chelsie flat on her behind during the jitterbug, which led to a reprimand from Carrie Ann.
“I hate this feeling,” Louie told OK! backstage after his elimination. The athlete said of his sudden-death dance against Michael, “It’s my competitiveness — you never like losing, especially when you go head-to-head with someone and they beat you. It’s like, ah, really? It goes on like that in your head a few times. I’ve always been a fan of Michael. I think he has a lot of soul when he dances and he’s always having so much fun. Obviously, though, I don’t want him to win. You’ve got to take care of yourself first. But I’m happy for him. It is what it is. I can’t control it now.”
Next, Louie, 21, will be getting ready for the February 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. “Hopefully that goes a little bit better than my dancing career,” the good-natured snowboarder smiled. Although dancing has taken up most of his time lately, Louie insisted he’s ready to go for the gold. “I’ve been snowboarding this summer and now it’s time to get the legs fired back up and everything ready to go.”
His devoted partner, Chelsie, told OK! she might go cheer Louie on in Vancouver: “Me and Melissa were actually talking about going up there. We’ll see.”
By Carole Glines