Despite receiving a perfect score of 30 from the judges on Monday night’s performance show, Dancing With the Stars said its final goodbye to Jennie Garth on Tuesday night, as resilient fan favorite Marie Osmond joined Spice Girl Mel B. and race car champ Helio Castroneves in the ABC hit’s final three.
Jennie, who has been sharing her behind-the-scenes thoughts as OK!’s celebrity blogger, revealed after the show that she wasn’t shocked to be leaving. “I knew it was coming. I had a feeling because Marie has a lot of really devoted fans.”
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Meanwhile, other competitors told OK! how sorry they were sorry to see the former 90210 star go. “I love her to bits,” Mel B. exclaimed to OK!. “We’re all going to go grab a bite to eat with her after this. She’s so sweet and she’s goofy like me!”
As for dark-horse semifinalist Marie, she said, “I love what Jennie said tonight, which was, I did this and my daughter got to see me persevere and follow through. Truly, no one’s a loser on this show.”
Even Sabrina Bryan, the Cheetah Girl who suffered an even more surprising elimination earlier in the season and had become the star’s close friend, came back to perform on the results show. “She’s come so far. She improved so much and did such an amazing job,” Sabrina told OK!. “It was awesome to see her have so much fun out on the floor.”
Meanwhile, Mel, Helio and Marie are planning for next week’s big finale. Mel, who also has her upcoming Spice Girls reunion tour on her mind, told OK! she plans to relax through meditation and “work hard, laugh hard and enjoy it.”
Helio told OK! he’s practicing the power of positive thinking: “When I put my mind into something, I’m very proud of myself that I can go all the way.”
Marie joked that she plans to consume lots of “ibuprofen and water for the kidneys” before next week’s big dance off. She’s truly thrilled at making it to the final three. “Honestly, I knew there were better dancers. I had Donny and Marie moves… but the technical stuff is hard for me, so it’s been a challenge.”
By Carole Glines