Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian apparently couldn’t keep up on the DWTS dance floor. After judge Bruno Tonioli called her performance as cold as Siberia, she and her partner Mark Ballas were eliminated from Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night.
“I never, ever claimed to be a dancer," Kim confessed to OK! after being given the boot. "So when they were telling me I wasn’t moving, I only had a few weeks to learn all of this. But I’m walking away knowing this was the greatest experience of my life and I think God has a plan for us all and he knows when to push you and when you’ve had too much. This was a huge challenge for me.”
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Although some would beg to differ, the TV reality beauty believed her personality came through on the hit ABC show. “This is me, without my sisters and without my family," she explained. "This was the perfect opportunity to show the real Kim. The real Kim is very shy and reserved and not outspoken and wild and crazy as everyone probably assumes.”
Dancer Cheryl Burke, who competes with runner Maurice Greene, told OK! she has had first-hand experience with Kim’s softer side.
“We went to go see Nights in Rodanthe the other night," said Cheryl. "The last 15 minutes, we were bawling our eyes out.”
Meanwhile, Kim’s dance pro Mark said the judges “had every right to say how they felt. I felt she’d improved from the week before, but the score didn’t reflect that. That’s just the way it goes.”
“For me, it’s not about winning the mirror ball [trophy],” said Mark, who finished first with skater Kristi Yamaguchi last season. “It’s about making your partner the best she can be and making this a magical experience. This show is not about me — it’s about my partner. I’m here to guide her and teach her.”
Now Mark, who just signed a record deal with his friend and fellow DWTS pro Derek Hough, is rooting for his dad, Corky Ballas, who is teamed with surprising fan favorite, 82-year-old Cloris Leachman.
After both Ballases landed in the bottom two Tuesday night, it was Mark who lost out. Corky told OK!, “It was horrible. I’d never experienced that emotion in my entire life. It was like a knife right through me. Before the result, he came and gave me a kiss and he said, ‘I hope it’s me and not you, dad.’ That just tore me to pieces.”
Now Corky, Cloris and the remaining couples will move on to next week, including a relieved Rocco DiSpirito and his partner Karina Smirnoff.
“I thought there was a pretty good chance this was it for us,” Rocco told OK! after surviving elimination night. “Cloris is funnier. Kim is more beautiful. We’re super grateful.”
Rocco’s mom, who was an audience member, said, “I’m so proud of them!”
By Carole Glines