May 6th, 2009
10:49 AM ET

'Dancing' star's exit draws gasps

Ty Murray’s next routine on “Dancing With the Stars” should be choreographed to “I’m a Survivor.”

The rodeo star and his professional dancing partner Chelsie Hightower were in the bottom two on last night’s results show and it seemed for sure he would be eliminated from the contest.

But fans again came to his rescue, and it was Lil’ Kim who got the boot. She and her partner Derek Hough seemed stunned at the results, as did the audience.

Both celebrities had very vocal groups of supporters shouting their names and words of encouragement before the elimination and there were lots of boos from Lil’ Kim’s camp when her name was announced.

“Not a happy audience,” co-host Samantha Harris said.

“There was a real shock in this room,” co-host Tom Bergeron added.

Murray has been improving throughout the competition, but some of his moves have been called robotic (and were spoofed as such by a lip-glossed Kenny Mayne during the hilarious “Dance Center” segment.)

Tell us what you thought about the results.

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  1. justasking

    One last word here– I just read that "people" can accept a black man doing well on this show, but can't accept a black woman. What about Leila Ali?She was in the finals.

    May 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lola

    All I could think about was the race card when they called her name. By the way Derek is hot & so is his sister & for the people who say that they are full of themselves, "PLAYER HATERS"

    May 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D

    When a black person is voted off, why is it ALWAYS racism? Especially when the finalists and semifinalists of this show demonstrate that isn't true.

    Good grief. Every time you scream racism over something stupid, you take the power away from the accusation and lessen the power of it.

    May 6, 2009 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DerekHater

    I agree that it was Derek who got voted off and not Lil Kim, who is an amazing dancer. It is sooooo uncomfortable to watch him put his arms around their necks in a chokehold and hands all over their shoulders, etc. when waiting for judges' comments and talking with that waste-of-a-commentator Samantha Harris. I wish we could vote Sammanth off and put the funny Drew Lachy back on – he rocked it!

    May 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Spock

    My family enjoys watching DWTS & Idol for the performances and competition and will continue doing so. No scoring system is perfect. The DWTS system as well as the comments on this blog are evidence that democracy is a terrible form of government but better than anything else; the main drawback of democracy is that everyone gets to vote. That said, I agree with those who think Ty should have been eliminated; really nice guy and much improved but the worst dancer of those remaining. Lil Kim was great and could have gone all the way; we will miss her. Melissa, Shaun and Gil are so close in ability that any one of them could justly win.

    May 6, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Renae

    Come on everybody who has an opinion about last night's vote off of Lil Kim was in shock and awe! You see the majority of these post are positive for her...not taking anything away from Mr. Ty, because he is seems to be a nice guy. But the show is not about nice, it's about who has improved in their dancing ability and who at the end of the season has danced the best. We all know her talent far exceeded his. That let's you know what we've always known about these kinda shows....it's based on popularity, not talent. Look at IDOL! Yikes...enough said.

    May 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mb

    its too bad that they sent the wrong person home last night. Thats why I really don't watch the show that often because for some reason people who cannot dance remain on the show and the people who know how to dance are let go. Go figure! – Good luck Dancing with the Stars because soon people willstop watchng – Its ok to look at the people who you admire but be realistic – Can they dance?????

    May 6, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patty

    I Love Derek!!!!!!!!!!! He is so talented and very cute! Lil' Kim and Derek should still be on DWTS . Ty is very respectful and a nice guy but he is not up to the dancing standards at this point in the game....

    By the way....Julianne is a cutie too!

    May 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Glenda King

    I just couldn't believe it, when they call Lil Kim name, I felt her pain I don't want to watch the show any more, because it's just a popularity contest not the person who have the best talent. I hope Ty goes all the way to show that they need to find another way of judging

    May 6, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lyn Carter

    VERY UNFAIR!! I like Ty, but he is no dancer, Lil Kim is so much better and has the personality and charm to go with the dancing. I enjoyed watching her dance, and now that she's off the show, Dancing with the stars has lost another fan, me. Dancing with the stars needs to come up with a better way to judge because the better dancers should remain and the dancers that can't dance like Ty should be booted off well before an excellent dancer like Lil Kim. I am very DISAPPOINTED AND WILL NOT WATCH THE SHOW NO MORE, I CANNOT TOLERATE UNFAIRNESS.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zippy1

    The judges account for only 1/2 half of the score and the audience the other half. If Lil' Kim's fans were so confident that she would pass through to the next round that they did not vote, then they have no one to blame but themselves. It is the same thing that happened to Sabrina Bryan a few seasons back. This is not about race. If it was, then Mel B wouldn't have gotten to the semi finals, Emmitt Smith wouldn'y have won and Jerry Rice wouldn't have come in second. It is a popularity contest as well as a dance competition.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DOLLY

    I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED OF THE ELIMINATION. IT IS MOSTLY A POPULARITY SHOW, IT WAS NOT BASED ON TALENT AT ALL. TY IS A WONDERFUL PERSON, BUT HE COULD NOT OUT DANCE LIL KIM.
    LIL KIM, YOU ARE A WONDERFUL DANCER AND TALENTED WOMAN.
    AND FOR TY, GOOD LUCK.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cristina

    It's simple. If you look back, Lack of class never wins. Lil' Kim has absolutely no class. And this is a ballroom competition. It's isn't just about skill. It's about presence and connection. And she just doesn't have either. I'm glad she's gone. If you liked her, that was fine. But either you didn't vote or more people would rather watch the remaining four than her. I know I would. Now I can enjoy the show again. Dancing is so much more than movement.

    And I hate that she's made light of her jail time. Sure, in this country we forgive. But if she wants to be a role model, she needs to show young girls that what she did was wrong, she paid the price, and they can have a successful career and obey the law.

    And as a person of color (God, I hate that term.), I hate that if a minority is eliminated, it's because of White America. If a white person goes home, it was just their time. There have been shockers on all shows with people of all backgrounds. Seriously folks.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jean

    I am pleased L'il Kim was booted just as I was when the Playboy Bunny was booted . This is supposed to be a wholesome family show and they keep bringing on some questionable people.. Kim was in jail, playboy bunnies, and then there was Paul Mccartney's ex., that was a farce. I enjoy this show, but come on , give up on the questionable characters. Not exactly role models for kids are they? Has nothing to do with black people. It has everything to do with the " CHARACTER."of the so called STARS. Kim can dance pretty well, BUT shes an entertainer anyway ,as are some of the others, not fair to those who have had no training at all.and work really hard. Voting system is bogus anyway.. Its not about who dances best, its about what the watchers think of the people themselves

    May 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Janet

    To Mel.... who stated on May 6th, 2009 11:11 am ET
    "unfortunately, the demographic of the viewers of DWTS does not “subconciously” really want to see a black, inner city, femal rapper claim the prize and be admired by the public. I think most of the viewers of DWTS are not people of color. Its a shame she did not pass this round. she should have. people need to get past the background of person and just look at their merits. she had the merits to win. this is exaclty why we have affirmative action. its because qualified people get PASSED over BECAUSE of their ethnicity. and the ority ethniticy wins becuase of the commonality."

    My reply to you is....
    Why does it once again come down to race???? You obviously have not watched this show each season. Tim Rice, a man of color and not a very good dancer, came in second during his season; Emmitt Smith, a man of color WON it during his season; Laila Ali, a woman of color came in second during her season. Why aren't people of color part of the viewing audience? Oh, it must be the white person's fault once again. WE control their TVs and what they view. Give me break. Get real. Color had nothing to do with it. TY is not the best dancer and yes he should have gone, but he has a bigger fan following.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. rachae

    I voted for her as well and it seems like it didn't matter. But I am over it, it is only a dance show and not like Bush 3rd term.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Meg

    The only reason why Ty did well last week in the Tango is because Derek Hough taught him how to dance and corrected his posture. They showed that in the video.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Merry Christmas

    To Priceless: Did you not see Emmett Smith win?? Melanie from the Spice Girls was 2nd place? Don't make this into a race issue – she (Lil Kim) simply did not have the fan base to get the votes!

    May 6, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Katrina

    I think it's absolutely INSANE that Lil' Kim was voted off instead of Ty Murray. Clearly the show is not based on skill, but it's a popularity contest. Lil' Kim was able to show viewers a softer & more skilled side of herself, qualities I'm still waiting for from Ty. Come on people, he's a rodeo star...not a dancer!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Merry Christmas

    Did you all vote? If you all had then perhaps Lil Kim would still be on the show. Does not matter anyway – Gilles has this contest wrapped up baby – has from the start!

    May 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mark from Chicago

    Can someone tell us why they do not publish the voting numbers. We see the judges numbers and they talk about being #1, but how do we know what really happens. I do not understand why we are not given the information. Not giving us the information begs the question of whether the fix is in!!

    May 6, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. jm

    it's primarily a popularity contest, i agree. and definitely not about race.

    li'l kim is a good dancer, can't deny that. ty no dancing experience to begin with, and you can see that he has improved since the first episode. at this point in the competition, obviously, li'l kim is better than ty. it's just that li'l kim doesn't have the fan base like ty does.

    imho, if the scoring system is rigged (most probable reason to have it rigged so that the show's ratings would stay up there, pleasing the audience) they would have kept the better dancer with low votes rather than the not-so-good dancer with high votes to please the audience (we don't even see the number of votes per celebrity, so there's no way to verify). The voting system of DWTS is not rigged, i believe it was just showing the actual results without manipulation, whether it's an expected elimination early in the competition like steve wozniak's, or a shocking elimination like li'l kim's.

    i vote for gilles and cheryl every week, and i'm glad that he's still in the show. my votes aren't getting wasted. he's more or less "unknown" in the beginning of the season (he was actually referred to as the "naked guy" from sex and the city, i just came to know his name during the show). but i admire his talent and that's why i vote for him every week. but if the time comes that he was voted off from the show, it'll be disappointing, but i wouldn't be blaming it on race (because he's french), or whatever, but just accept the fact that he's not as popular as the others were. it wouldn't stop me from watching the show. after all, watching a good dance, no matter who's dancing, is always entertaining.

    May 6, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sadie

    The show has lost its edge and America has lost it mind. I refuse to watch this to the end.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Minnie

    I did vote for Little Kim but the funny thing and I haven't heard anyone speak about was the way the voting is done. I called the first time and it told me that I was voting for Little Kim and Derek. This continued the second and third time as well. Keep in mind, I was calling from my cell phone and I just hit the redial so to speak but on the fourth time, it said, Thank you for voting for Shawn and Mark. I was shocked, I knew I didn't dial the number and the first 3 votes were find. I was scared to call the 5th time but I did and the votes went to Little Kim and Derek. I had heard this happened but this was a first for me. So people are calling, but the there seems to be something screwy about the voting.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rick

    It is hard to believe that somthing could happen like that. I will not watch the show. It's such a shame. It should be about the Dancing. the Judges should have a say so at this point. Thats Life

    May 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. margied

    O Yea I think Ty would have been just as happy to go home last night and not have to dance another week. He went on the show because his girl friend was going to dance she got hurt the first week and had to quit he is not a quitter and has made the best of it. Me think he would like to be home riding his horse. good luck to the final 4

    May 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. AngieBaby

    I think most of us realize that DWTS IS a popularity contest and the best person doesn't always win – BUT this decision was so god-awful, the producers really should look at the judges having a "save" such as American Idol does. Ty is cute, but he should be 'gone, baby gone'. Chuck and Julianne shouldn't have been voted off either. Bring Lil Kim back!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. margied

    I get so tired of the race card being played. people will vote on who they like not who is the best. That is the name of this game. They want the fans to be a part of the show and when they do good people stay and good dancers go. Everyone needs to get over it and move on to the next show.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Pat

    The public could not have made that choice.
    I will not be watching the show anymore.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. carolp

    the adverse reaction by the audience was shameful to Ty and the show. I'm sure he puts in just as much time and dedication to learning the dances as all the other participants., albeit he will never be the best dancer. he has made a lot of progress and didn't warrant the negativity. his gracious attitude i'm sure will evidence itself withing the next week.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Christine

    I'm a huge Dancing with the Stars fan, but I was shocked last night. I think Ty is a wonderful person, but COME ON. Get real. The voters of America are NOT ballroom dancing experts by any means, so WHY their votes count for 50% is beyond me. Don't believe me? Explain why Steve Wozniak stayed around as long as he did.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Omar

    I agree with others who have voiced that a different system should be installed, like what Idol has in place. Kim was robbed last night. I watch the show to see good dancers who happen to be "stars," not to see "stars" who happen to be "poor." The show has lost some credibility especially with me. I am mostly disappointed with the American audience who voted for Ty over Kim. Maybe people got drunk a day before Cinco de Mayo and mistakenly voted for the wrong person! I want to believe that !

    May 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Criss

    This show has lost me as a viewer bout a year and half ago,and it is for this reason. Dancing With The Stars is all popularity contest, nothing more.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. kris

    I was truly disappointed to see Lil'Kim voted off. She is one heck of a dancer and I truly enjoyed seeing a classier side of her. The show is based on "Dancing with the STARS". Their partners are judged (basically) on choreography, looks, costumes, etc. Between the two stars, Ty should have been the one to go home. The public got it 100% wrong. Reading comments above... it's a popularity contest, and I don't think Lil'Kim falls into the country scene at all. Hopefully next time people will judge them on their abilities as dancers and not their "histories".

    May 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Margie

    This is not fair, Ty should have been voted OUTTTTTTTT.
    Lil Kim was a joyful to see each week. The judges should have
    stepped up to the plate and not allow her to leave.
    I am not sure if I will view the show again.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. kris

    I was truly disappointed to see Lil'Kim voted off. She is one heck of a dancer and I truly enjoyed seeing a classier side of her. The show is based on "Dancing with the STARS". Their partners are judged (basically) on choreography, looks, costumes, etc. Between the two stars, Ty should have been the one to go home. The public got it 100% wrong. Reading comments above... it's a popularity contest, and I don't think Lil'Kim falls into the country scene at all.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Barbara

    I think Lil Kim was a phony anyhow. Plus she's made videos and has dancing experience. Ty has shown so much improvement. He's just so wholesome and refreshing to watch. Won't miss Lil Kim's big booty at all!!

    May 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. emc

    While I was sad to see Kim go she was a great dancer, I was happy to see Ty stay. The show is about being entertained. That is why it's half how good you do and half your fans. Why does everything have to be this group against that group. After reading all the reactions it makes me sad, the rapper against the cowboy, give me a break, they both are great, she was a great dancer, he has a bigger fan base, get over all the rest not everything has to be a social political statement.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. cindy

    For some I didn't like littlle Kim on a personal level, she looked like she had overdone the plastic surgery....she was the better dancer though, and I love Derek..... Ty is a loveable geek and I love Chelsea....whichever one went did not matter, neither will win....should be Melissa or Shawn.... probably Melissa, as Shawn seems a bit robotic.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jerry

    If Len had not been so mean to Ty last week and told him to "hit the trail" if he didn't do better -Ty would have been voted off. But when the judges try to demoralize the contestants – the contestants get sympathy votes. Ty is such a nice guy – it really hurt me to hear Len. I always enjoy Derek and in spite of what other people say about her past, Lil Kim is a terrific dancer! I would, however, love to see Tony win this time – he seems like such a sweet guy and I love love love watching him dance. Melissa is a doll and she sure can dance.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Guy

    Ok this is hysterical. The reasons shows like Dancing and American Idol are so popular is because the watchers at home have such control over who wins. If you took away that element or lessened their control, it would just be another game show...and nobody really wants to watch C List celebrities on game shows anymore, if they did Match Game and Hollywood Squares would still be on...

    May 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  42. MEG

    Ty should be gone!!! Who cares how nice he is? This show is about dancing and that it is. As a former dancer, I think this show is a joke. It is clearly about popularity, not talent. Lil Kim is a much better dancer..bottom line.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Sandy

    Ah . . . you are so full of it! Stop the cop outs. Remember Sammy Davis, Jr.? Remember Lena Horne? Remember Sidney Poitier? Halle Berry? And how many others? Are you really foolish enough to believe that only black people made them successful? Recognized their talent? Come on . . . even a fool like you couldn't possibly justify that one. You are doing more harm and are being more insulting to the black race than the true racists are.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. joan

    I thought it would come down to Melissa and Lil Kim. I like Ty too, but he should have gone home.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Missy

    I was sure Lil Kim was gonna win-in my opinion. Ty is a cowboy who cowboyed up-he is not exactly comfortable dancing, but, he is no quitter. I like him; I just did'nt see that coming.

    May 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Evelyn

    Giles, Giles, Giles, Giles....he's got it all. Don't fault him because he's beautiful, or because you don't like his partner Cheryl! Oh, by the way, who died and made Melissa a celebrity?

    May 6, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. jck

    The people vote for who they like rather than who is the best on most occasions. The only true voters are the judges and so it is not whodoes best but who has the most followers that vote for them. It is hard at the end to see any of them go, good or great

    May 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. rachae

    But the problem Debbie is that Ty was no good and Kim was and she got voted off. And it wasn't about merit. And this is reflective of the real world and Ty can't dance a lick. I agree with Mel I think it is easier for white america to accept black man than woman.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Lizi

    Ty, you should be ashamed if you stay on without feeling guilty. A decent man would step down knowing that the judgement was unfair and he didn't want to condone the unfairness. Afterall, I hear you are a good guy. Well good guys accept when the better person has won fairly and usually have the decency to step down! Lil' Kim was way better than you Ty, and even better than the bachelor girl who got booted off her show. We've got it twisted again, America...

    May 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Susan

    I am glad Lil Kim got the boot. I am tired of hearing about the bionic booty. Her dancing was good but I didn't think it was was "great". Plus people in previous years were cut that were much better dancers than Lil Kim.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sinicalgrl

    The gasp heard round the reality show world. There is one on every show every season. This was one for the ages. Alas, in a popularity based contest we have to live with the results but this one left me picking up my jaw off the floor. While he is sweet and likable, it is a bit of a joke for Ty to be in the semi-finals – Lil Kim was clearly a superior dancer. Ty should have gotten the boot at least two weeks ago in terms of dancing skills despite his efforts and improvement. The judges have to take some of the blame for this in light of their inconsistent scores – I am left stuptified on a weekly basis by some of their decisions.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. BDC

    Racism? Sexism? Season 1 winner, female. Season 2 winner, white male, with asian-american professional partner. Black male runner-up. Season 3 winner, black male, same asian-american professional partner. Hispanic male runner-up. Season 4 winner, Asian American male. Season 5 winner, Brazilian male. Black British female runner up. Season 6 winner, Asian American female. Black male runner-up. Season 7 winner, female. Black male runner-up.

    Who cares if Lil' Kim gets voted off this week because she would have been voted off next week. Ty will get voted off next week. Does ANYONE remember who finished in 4th place vs. 5th place in prior seasons? It just doesn't matter. Get over it.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Silvina

    I thought that Ty would have been cut last night, however, everybody appreciates a clean cut well mannered person. The producers did leave the process up to the fans and voting and perhaps, some of the people that wanted Lil Kim to succeed, thought that she was safe and did not vote at all. That's what happened last night.

    Ty might not be the best dancer, but from the beginning you can see the determination and hard work that he puts into his dance. He has come a long way and perhaps that is how people are judging the show.... by voting for the hard worker and most improved.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  54. me

    TO NOTMEL:
    I too am sick of the race card...

    MEL-get over it.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  55. sam

    I think Mel's response was stupid. There have been other blacks that have won. It makes me furious when 'the black card is chosen'. Why does it always have to be that way? Lil' Kim was a great dancer and I would have liked to have seen her go all the way or the frenchman – he's good too!! I think you would honestly have to say that Ty is the most improved – but it doesn't mean he should win. By the look on his face I believe he would be releaved to be voted off.

    Mel, don't use the 'race card' nobody appreciates it and I'm sure Lil' Kim doesn't like it either.

    sam

    May 6, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lynn

    This is no different then Marie Osmond making it as far as she did... no one should be surprised that this show is all about popularity vs actual talent

    May 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Pam

    The judging needs to be more of a 70% judges to 30% audience. 50/50 does not work. That being said, I enjoyed watching Lil Kim dance and mature during the competition. However, I always felt it would be Shawn, Gilles and Melissa for the Top 3. Barring any injuries I think it will be Melissa and Gilles in the final 2.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Ryder

    Ty has no business on the show anymore. Yes he has improved, but come on! He is now in the semi-finals?!?!? I guess he has one hell of a fan base. Lil' Kim should be in the final four.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. ah

    Well, well, well. As usual white america can't accept talented black people. Cockiness? Not! Lil Kim did a great job and clearly was the better dancer. Who cares about her background the girl could dance and had a great partner who is confident and there is nothing wrong with that jack!

    May 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jen

    Maybe they should do what American Idol has started....have at least one week where they can "save" a competitor

    May 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Robert

    If the judges gave the marks the contestants deserved this would not have happened.

    Ty may be a great guy but he dances like an wooden automaton. He has no grace and should be getting 4's not 7's.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Paula

    Mel

    What about Melissa's years of dance training and the fact she was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for 3 years? no training there eh?
    i'd like to see Shawn win – she didn't start out well and has consistently improved. unlike the whiny melissa and too good to be true Gilles, Shawn is having to work hard at getting better

    May 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  63. kp

    Ty has improved and little Kim to cocky... But what about Chuck?? he was good to and all shocked he was booted...

    May 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. NFL

    Like when Sabrina was voted off even as the BEST dancer that season, it is all about the entertainment value and getting your fan base behind you! I don't like Derek, AND never "felt" Lil Kim's dancing even with a great partner. I'll bet the producers thought she might bring her demographic (the hip hop crowd) to viewership – apparently she didn't succeed in that (or they don't vote).

    The first year the best dancer didn't win, and Helio beat Mel...this show is never about the best dancer even with Len complaining about the technicalities.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. bob

    I did vote for Lil Kim, didn't matter though.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. rachae

    But the problem Debbie is that Ty was no good and Kim was and she got voted off. And it wasn't about merit. And this is reflective of the real world and Ty can't dance a lick.

    May 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Robert

    wow I couldn't believe that lil kim is gone from the show .I really like here as a dance she has really changed from the lil kim we knew a few years back. I really think that america is getting it wrong lately ,First american idol now dancing with the stars whats next so you think you can dance. I am ready for something new with a little realness and enough of this fake already planned junk. But lil kim I will always be a fan ever since I saw you and biggie in Niagara falls' NY in the 90's proforming .

    May 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  68. margied

    LS I dont care who wins in the past years my picks never did so now I just watch and enjoy or not and turn the station..

    May 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Sandy

    This is a dance competition but personality also comes into play here. When you are dancing, it's not all about your feet. Your personality has to shine through also, especially when the field has been narrowed down. This is also entertainment. Please keep that in mind. No scams; no plots; no "robbery"; no racial tones. The judges have their favorites and each audience member has theirs.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  70. SarahM

    DWTS is all about 'entertainment'. It is not a serious competition – nobody stands to win a contract or huge monetary prize. The public vote for the people that entertain them the most. I don't know why everyone gets so upset when their favorites are voted off. The fact that sometimes a better dancer gets voted off makes the show all the more exciting and entertaining for my children – they love it!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  71. John Doe

    Regardless what anybody else thinks give Ty credit man, he just tries to do his best every week I mean he's a cowboy not a professional dancer something way out of his league! Yeah Lil Kim was a better dancer but why was she scored the second lowest and where were all her fans to save her...WHERE WERE ALL HER FANS?!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Allyson

    It is a dance show not a popularity contest and the voters need to wise up and vote for the more talented performers. They really need to change the voting system.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Kathy

    I agree the judges are getting mean and rude, I really feel bad for some of the dancers and if Bruno thought he was being funny by telling Kim she is better at being a tramp or whatever, didn't work. Ty, nice guy but I'm embarrassed for him when he dances.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  74. margied

    in years past we have seen better dancers voted off and the popular ones stay to dance another day. Nothing is perfect and fare in live but so it goes.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  75. rachae

    Steph and Susie, so what she served her time and was in jail for not turning in friends. This is a dance show and not about true american values. And everyone has a pass. No one brought up the bimbo who was one of the girls living in playboy mansion. Where was all these american values then. I think some people are looking for any excuse not to vote for her. So now they are making it about popularity. And I can figure the real reason why you are not voting for the better dancer.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Bob

    I can't see that it is about race at all. In the history of the show we have seen winners including an Asian American woman, a Jewish American woman, a African American man, an Asian American man, and a Latin American man. That is 5 out of 7 winners coming from minority groups in this country. Only the winners of Season 1 and 2 (Monaco and Lachey) were not from a minority group. Where is the racism there? Get over it.

    Should Ty have gone home last night? Yeah, I think so. However, I also think Melissa should have gone home last week when she got credit for a dance she did not even show she could do on video tape (the team number), much less do live. It isn't the first time someone has gone home early who was clearly better than folks left in the competition. How many times did Jerry stay when more deserving dancers left? Does anyone remember Sabrina from the Cheetah Girls? Part of the reason the show works is that no one is ever safe. Otherwise there would be no drama.

    If you want to upset about someone staying, be mad about Melissa who should have left last week when she could not dance and got credit for work she didn't do. That is what I can unfair. Ty has been playing within the rules the whole time.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Tracy

    I know that I will not be watching this show in the upcoming weeks. Ty should have went home last night and that Melissa lady should have been the person to go home last week. Lil'Kim should have been in the top 3; it's not only a shock but it is crazy that she went home last night. Lil'Kim fans, where in the heck were you all? And shame on you!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  78. LS

    By a show of hands, how many of YOU voted ?

    Yeah, I didn't think so.........

    May 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Jonsie

    Regarding the Kim not being a role model comments because she served time in jail.......what about Kim Kardasian and Holly madison...now there's 2 role models for you!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Lola

    HAPPY!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Iden

    People! Really, now, it's a TV show! Not to mention one in which fans vote for their favorites (favorites does not necessarily = best dancer). It's ridiculous to presume that everyone is voting against black contestants – people are merely voting for their favorites. I enjoyed watching Lil' Kim progress (even though i am not a fan of hers or the lifestyle she represents, and, yes, i did vote for her), and was quite shocked that she was eliminated this week. I was sure it was time for Ty to go, and i'm pretty sure he felt that, too. Ty is certainly not the best dancer, but i think that it is fantastic that so many people are rooting for such an underdog. And he is doing his best, every week, and has come leaps and bounds from where he started. Good for him! I applaud anyone who takes on this show and strives to do something new. Some are better than others, ultimately the win will go to the couple that gets the most votes – not necessarily who is best. If you want to see the best couple win, then this show is probably not for you. Watch the professional dance competitions on PBS, instead. Have some fun with this, and lighten up for pete's sake – it's a TV show!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Jonsie

    Please do not play the "race" card... I am a white woman and I voted consistently for Lil Kim. Why??? Because she is a very talented dancer!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  83. debbie

    I am sick and tired of this racial thing, Get Real, if you're no good, and the people speak, accept, and move on Emmitt made it to the top, didn't he?
    That is what's happening in the real World, and you vote always for the wrong reasons. Get a life, and accept reality.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Jim

    Get it straight folks ... this show is not about identifying and awarding the best dancer, and never has been. It is about popularity and entertainment, that's it. If you don't like the show and results, don't watch it. And if you an extra minute let ABC and their sponsors know you are not happy about it. The show will stay as-is until viewership drops and the sponsors pull out.

    Mel – nice to see someone drop the race card. Bad news friend – persons of color and/or minorites have "won" the show 4 of the 7 seasons, to date. Not to mention that Warren Sapp, Jason Taylor, Mel B Mario Lopez, and Jerry Rice being runners up in their respective seasons. Check your facts before spouting your hateful venom next time.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kimberly Clark

    They seriously need to look at their voting process. Emmett Smith beat Mario Lopez? Jerry Springer stayed on for five weeks. Maybe the public vote should be for tie-breakers or carry a smaller percentage. It's frustrating to watch two hours of dancing and then realize the whole thing was a joke and it's teen-age girls having a popularity contest. I'll mill Lil Kim, I would have loved to see her top two pieces. I think Ty is great, but men are limited in ball-room, and he's new to the game, but he's grown beautifully over the weeks. Go TY. Kiss Jewele!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Steph

    Oh please...this is a POPULARITY CONTEST! The fact is, that 'lil Kim is annoying with her trivializing her jail time and talking about how much fun she had watching DWTS in jail with her "friends"...and then asking her "jail friends" to vote! Are you kidding me? I have no clue why everyone is defending her. Shows a lot about America's true set of values...oh no actually it does since she was voted off! Good ridance. I wish her luck and all the best but you don't just go on like going to jail is nothing big and just part of life. It was almost like an HONOUR BADGE for her at hte beginning of the show. She mentionned it at every occasion!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  87. donna

    Lil Kim

    I know you girl, and you are by far the best dancer between you and ty the politics suck in this, I know it's a all behind the scenes thing hold your head up coming from Bedstuy this is small potatoes for you may your career continue to flourish

    May 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  88. kEAp

    I was surprised to see Kim voted off but am glad she is gone. She was the better dancer; however, beauty is only skin deep and she didn't appear to be very pretty inside. Unforunately, what we see on TV is only a glimpse into a person's character. Maybe she is a nice girl, but that didn't come across watching her. Also, Len repeatedly said she was too raunchy. I agree. I don't beleive she would have won in the end and I don't believe Ty will either. I think we all forget that we're judging the celebrity but also the professional. And, it is a popularity contest – whether we admit it or not.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Roxy

    Anyone who is doing it for her friends in jail should be eliminated. She started the show saying this and almost trivializing her trip in jail, like she acutally had fun and did not feel guilty of having broken the law in the first place. She seemed to have a bit too much fun watching DWTS in jail.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  90. M. Langley

    There is an obvious fatal flaw in this show — it’s more about popularity than dancing. I agree with that statement. I am definitely a Ty Murry fan..however, I believe this show has never been about the dancing expertise!! In every season really good dancers go and the others stay cause they are more POPULAR!!! I know thats what keeps the fan base but its getting out of hand. I was not going to watch this season but because of Ty I am...but think he should have gone by now.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Brian

    I agree with Jane, I am for Melissa all the way, and Cheryl & Gilles, as two of a kind, conceited, cocky, and full of themselves, I think Cheryl needs a break from the show, she is on every season, and she doesn't portray herself as a professional, but rather a kid waiting for results, and shows disgust, she has no chemistry, and shows it as a job, and not for our Entertainment. Please give her a break. Melissa all the way!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  92. please people

    its a freaking reality show people, OF COURSE it's a popularity contest!!

    May 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Angela

    That was definitely the wrong outcome. Aparently people aren't voting for the best dancers...which is what I thought this show was all about. Ty is "stiff as a board". Maybe the producers of DWTS need to reevaluate the % of points that the audience votes count, when it comes to elimination.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Viewer

    Keep in mind that this a competition is based on popularity as well as ability. I think what happened is probably good for ratings and exactly what the network hoped would happen. It keeps people watching doesn't it?

    May 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Judy

    I think the votes came from Ty's wife's fans, that's keeping him around. Lil Kim did a great job. It is all in the votes, not on the dance.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Symphony

    I have read these entries and some make me ill. Lil Kim paid her debt to society and should have been judged on her dancing abilities (which were clearly better than Ty's) and not the fact that she served time in jail. It's supposed to be a dance competition. Moreover, has anyone noticed that a Black woman has NEVER won this show? Mel B came close and she got robbed. Every other Black woman gets the boot, as did Lil Kim. There is something very wrong here and I think they need to take a look at the voting system.

    May 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Carol W.

    Dancing With the Stars is equally about the popularity of the stars and the judges' comments and scores. I hate to see Kim go, but I enjoy watching Ty even those he is a less skilled dancer. His personality and witty comments have helped keep him on the show, and if he won the votes, he deserve to stay there.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  98. rachae

    The bottome line is it is a dancing contest and that what they should be voting on. And I hear these stupid excuses as to why they voted for the less talented dancer about her record (lying to police about not seeing crime) or how much they like Ty's personality. But I suspect it is about race. An asian woman won. So that is different, they don't have the same bias as blacks or hispanics. They are considered the model minority. But I know I am so done with that show. I thought she was disrespected and called a tramp as well.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  99. KJ

    This is what the show is supposed to be about a person with no dance (or VERY Little) experience learning to dance ballroom... he couldnt walk and chew gum before Chelsea got a hold of him... for god sakes Melissa was a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and gymnastics is not too far from dancing either!! Way to go TY.....Lil Kim yes she was good but didnt improve a whole lot!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  100. KSF

    Well, that's unfortunate. But like other contests and elections, it's not always the best that wins.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jacie - San Leandro, Ca

    This show is sucks!!!!! Lil Kim is a far better dancer than Ty sure she made mistakes but not as sooooo obivous as Ty something is very wrong here. I think they need better judges on this show. What a joke.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Eve

    Obviously this show has nothing to do with how well you can dance. I actually stopped watching the show the year Mario(the R&B singer ) was given such a hard time by Len. Nothing he did was right, and yet Len scored others who was not so good high marks, it was obvious that he had a serious dislike for him. He has done the same thing with LiL Kim this year, ( I decided to see if anything had changed). The judges are very unfair, and to let the public decide on who is the best simply because they like some one is very unfair to those who can truly dance. This show definitely need to re-think how they will make the decisions, because although Ty is a nice guy, he cannot not dance.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  103. suzee

    meh....

    May 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  104. JC

    I think Ty deserved to go home because his dancing was not as good, but my thought is that people enjoy seeing him embarassing his wife Jewel with all the tongue in cheek remarks. The "I may not get the score from the judges but the Rumba moves will score dividends later...." and "Mommy likes" comments were hilarious. But his Rumba was awful.... just terrible, and the judges all agreed. I was embarassed for him. On the other hand, Lil Kim was great. She brings wonderful flair and personality and she does all the dances very well, especially the latin ones. She and Derek are great fun to watch and they should have advanced in the competition in my opinion. Maybe if she had made some clever remarks she'd still be in the game.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Michael Shea

    I was in shock. Ty Murray comes nowhere close to Lttle Kim's talent as a dancer.

    Although I am rooting for Shaugn, I believe that Little Kim was the best dancer.

    Likeabilty plays a major role. I believe a lot of the blame goes to the judges for saying inflammatory things to the dancers. When this happens the TV audience flocks to the dancer who is under atttack by the judges.

    I believe the judges should be restricted for making inflannatory remarks about the dancers.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  106. M. in Missouri

    It doesn't matter if Lil Kim was voted off this week or next. Neither she or Ty are good enough to win. They both would have been voted off before the final winner.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Tina Jaco

    what a joke!!! Ty should have gone a long time ago. he can't dance , has no rythum and flat out stinks. last week melissa should have gone. the show must be rigged in my opinion and i will no longer be watching it. the voting needs to be changed and real judges need to be the ones to do the picking. i wanted to see the best dancers stay and the very best to win. but instead it seems like the worst dancers stay. not fair and i will be changing my channel!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  108. citigirl

    I have to admit that in the beginning, I cringed when Lil' Kim gave her "shout out" to all her girlfriends still in prison, and I thought she'd be gone within the first couple of rounds. But, in this case I have to admit that the more I watched her, the more I loved her. Whatever situations or mistakes were in her past were left there and I saw someone who worked really hard and seemed genuinely sweet. I was shocked that she was voted off last night, but in a way I think it will work for her – because the shockwave will generate even more publicity for her and get agents and producers to review the work she did on the show. I would almost be willing to bet that this little powerhouse is Broadway bound! Go for it, Girl!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  109. ty is awesome!

    I am SO glad they kept Ty!!!! he danced much better than lil Kim...i liked her tho...its sad to see anyone leave at this point... :(

    May 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  110. rane

    to Mel

    >same exact thing happed to Mel B!
    >shawn should not be on the show–being a gymnast gives a huge >advantage becasue gymanst are taught tricks and timing and >synchopation.

    ok forst of all gymnastics is a lot diffrent from ballroom and it's not all about tricks and timing in ballroom its how your body is your posture, when to go on year heal and toe where your head is facing in certian dances. in the beginning shawn had a verry hard time with being fluid with her arms in the fox trot, and the waltz because gymnastics is so sharp and strong so before you say something like that do the research actually watch the diffrence between the two. i ballroom dance and ive watched shawn in gymnastics and they are like night and day. NOT THE SAME!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Linda

    For the first time I missed last night's show and was surprised to learn this a.m. that Kim had been voted off. I do not think it has anything to do with her past or race, it is about who the public enjoys. Remember Cloris Leachman – on ability only she should have left the first night, but the public enjoyed her. And TV viewers want to watch what they enjoy. When the hosts give information about voting, they do not say "who do you think is best", they say "if you want to keep them in the competition." So it is all about who you enjoy watching. What makes you choose this show over other options. If it is only about ability, then the public should have very little input. It is ability AND what pleases the public

    May 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Pam Heastie

    It's time for the policy of selecting the semi-finalists to change. This should not be left up to the voters, but rather to the judges! This is a dance contest and should be judged as such. The best dancer(s), not the one "saved by the fans" should be recognized. Clearly, Lil' Kim is by far the better dancer. Yes, Ty has improved, but c'mon...he is NOT a dancer! He is enteraining and his dancing style makes for a few chuckles. The voters definitely got this one very wrong.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Chris

    Ty is what this show is about, someone without any dancing abilities who improves every week. Of the four remaining, I don't care who wins. I've been voting for Ty because he has improved, where as the other three are as good as they were in week three.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Linda Vaughn

    Lil Kim and her dance partner were excellent and I don't believe they were voted off. How does the public really know that? We only hear what is told to us but I would like to see something else to ensure that they aren't running some kind of scam. Perhaps the trouble Lil Kim was in a few years ago, had a lot to do with whether or not she would remain a contestant. It is unfortunate, but I think that was used to vote her off, if she was truly voted off!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Sue

    Sooooooo glad lil Kim is gone...she was all into herself

    May 6, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  116. kringles

    You know what...this show isn't a "race issue" so get off of that tangent. That big football player would have not won last time if that was the case. Kim deserved to go, and good for the cowboy for hanging in there. He is awful but works hard and shows up. Melissa should not be there...she is a dancer by profession.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  117. H. in Kansas

    Mel, you DO realize that Emmitt Smith won DWTS, right? Every comment you made about Lil Kim holds absolutely no water when you take that into consideration. She's an incredible dancer – better than Ty Murray. She also seems like a great person; however, she didn't have the fan base. It's that simple and has nothing to do with her skin color. Think before you say something really offensive next time.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Chrus

    Having Shawn on is no less fair then Kristi was. She was an ice skater. Think about it...she spent almost her whole life moving around an ice rink on skates to a choreographed routine to music. So all we did was take the skates off .

    May 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  119. EDNA ANDERSON

    IT WAS SAD TO SEE LI'L KIM VOTED OFF, SHE HAS MADE US VIEWERS PROUD OF HER. I HAVE ENJOYED WATCHING HER PROGRESS EACH WEEK. HOWEVER TY HAS IMPROVED HIS PERFORMANCE WEEKLY AS WELL. IT SEEMS TO BE A LONGER STRETCH FOR TY TO BE A DANCER THAN LI'L KIM. I WISH HIM THE BEST, BUT MY VOTE IS STILL FOR MELISSA.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  120. terry Netherlands

    Okay i spoiled it for myself by reading the resluts before the show is being aired in the uK on friday.
    However: I must say that I am pretty amazed by these results... BUT also by the comments made by some of you:
    I am a performer/ dancer myself and YES Lil' Kim IS a better performer ( you gotta be blind not to notice that). But those comments made on Derek being a ' dork' oh please I really would like to meet those who made these comments:
    he is an AMAZING choreographer; creative/daring and young. He is NOT afraid to take some risks and he is just going for it. And YES you – he is VERY demanding on his partner but mainly on HIMSELF. Only that way one can achieve the best results and one can be proud of it.
    Reading those comments on him I more suspect a certain ' dislike' on him and it has NOTHING to do with his talent or personalility. So I dare you to come straightforward with your thoughts and let us see who is the bigger ' dork'

    May 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Js

    Its not an Dancing contest it is a popularity contest.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Jennifer

    I hated that Lil' Kim got voted off. She was great and I really grew to like alot on this show. She came off very sweet and a really hard worker. I think one of the things that hurt her was that there are so many good people this year it kind of splits the votes up. I think Ty is a sweetie and he's done so good for someone who this definally does not come natural.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Steph

    the only reason i am glad to see Lil'Kim go is so i don't have to listen to Bruno's vulgar comments about her.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  124. pam

    if it were all about the dancing then why bother having fans call in? Though obviously very talented, lil Kim was was more overtly sexual than almost anyone else there. And if her being voted off was a racist thing, then how can you explain the success of Emmitt Smith or any other successful black dancer? DWTS is a popularity contest. Tere is nothing wrong with that.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Sandy

    Lil' Kim deserved to go. As a dancer myself, I saw her many missteps, loss of balance, poor posture. She did flashy moves that awed many, but don't be fooled. And it was Derek's fault because as her partner and coach, he should have trained her based on the difference in their heights and length of limbs. He is much taller than her and did not make his steps smaller so that she didn't have to take those huge clumsy steps that threw her body out of line, even swayback at times, and caused her to lose balance frequently, thus the missteps. Derek's a great dancer, but the height difference did them both in. Ty has improved so much and started out way behind Lil' Kim in dance experience. He had none; she had some. Way to go, Ty! But . . . Cheryl and Gilles should win as they really are the best. Tony and Melissa deserve second possibly.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Alette

    I'm sorry by Ty's dancing sucks!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Btelldatruth

    Ty is like the Sanjaya of DWTS. He will go along way getting the people kicked off who deserve to be there but he will not win. I do not wacth dancing with the stars, but I heard nothing but good things about Lil Kim never heard anything at all about Ty until now so that says a lot about him and his place on the show. I hope they bring Kim back maybe I will start watching. It seems to me like DWTS is turning into American Idol to me. I use to watch AI but then they started voting off all the black ppl and I stopped watching. Good luck Kim it's a mean world out there.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Phantom

    I agree with Keamadre on Ty. People watch the show and think, "If he can do it, maybe I can too! Mario Lopez was technically a better dancer than Emmitt Smith, but Emmit's joy of the dancing showed on his face every night and he was a true joy to watch. Mario thought he was perfection personified and the trophy was his by default. The same can be said for Helio Castroneves. Maybe he wasn't quite technically perfect, but his joy showed through and captivated the audience. I enjoy Ty's rehearsal footage, snappy one-liners, and his humility. I have also enjoyed watching him improve. Should he be in the semifinals? No. But this is the 8th Season and we all know how it works. If you don't like it, VOTE.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  129. myra blue

    I loved LiL Kim. I thought she had a great attitude. However, she already could dance very well before coming in. I also think that's why Sabrina Bryant may have been let go early in one of the previous seasons. I know when Emmett Smith was picked over Mario Lopez, some people thought that it was right that he won because he had no dancing experience while Mario Lopez did. I also think that's why Mel B. should have been eliminated earlier on. She had dance experience.

    Both LiL Kim and Melissa have dance experience. Shawn is a gymnast so she has experience with foot precision and strength. I'm not sure, but Gilles may have some dance experience because on the first episode in practice he did a Michael Jackson move, while he was just playing around. He did a similar step in his solo. I don't like what Ty does for a living- it is cruelty toward animals. However, he is the only one that seems not to have any dance experience at all.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  130. bob

    ok it is one thing to save your favorites early on, but come on. At this stage of the game people should be voting for the best. I loved watching Ty grow and learn but Lil Kim was by far the better dancer and should have made it to the finals. I had never even heard of ty till he started on this show so it surprises me that his fan base can be bigger then hers. I am a new fan of Lil Kim's, she seems like such a nice person. She was very nice about being voted off, not sure if I could have held in my shock the way she did.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Al

    its very unfortune that Lil Kim got voted off she is a better dancer then Ty, the scoring system needs to be adjusted as to where the judges can overrule the vote or save someone like they do on idol

    May 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  132. DaisyDuke

    Lil Kim doesn't have what it takes to win the competition and neither does Ty. Both will/would get the boot eventually. The vote was just perhaps out of order. No big deal. My choice, I'd rather watch Ty dance one more week.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Galoux

    I've barely watched the show this year, but there was at least one week when she should have gone home and didn't. Anyway, I won't miss her. As to aspects beyond dance, there are many people who are not racist but dislike Kim for many of the things she has done. Count me among them. I think a lot of folks also have felt that Derek is overrated (but I don't). In any case, there are a lot of factors involved in who people vote for, and one of the things that people sometimes vote for is the professional dancer, not the celeb.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Chris Tee

    Lil Kim was too focused on showing her "bionic booty" and not enough about dancing. She was too full of herself and not as popular as she thought.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  135. jane

    Yes – Ty should have gone home weeks ago. Really getting tired of the "aw shucks I'm just a cowboy bit". Jewel's career must really need a boost as well if she is hoping this would do it. Lil KIm is far superior to him in every way. Hell Steve O or Woz were more enjoyable to watch than Ty. I have not voted at all this year but now I may have to just to vote against Ty. I'm pulling for Melissa now to take it all. That will show that jerk bachelor what an idiot he is anyway. Her partner Tony is due for a win as well. Cheryl & Gilles are a little to confident and cocky. I'll miss seeing Derek – I disagree about him being cocky. Now, I was more than glad to see Julianne go...she is spreading her 15 minutes of fame a little too thin.

    Anyway, all of the Lil Kim supporters need to vote for Melissa next week.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Ty Fan

    Lil Kim is a very good dancer, as are all that are left, but I thing that Ty has shown the most improvement, thus far out of all that are left.
    I hope he goes all the way.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  137. JG

    I don't think we should be surprises. After all even if you are not there to dance you still get to stay. I am sorry to say I think I am finished watching the show. It seems like it doesn't really matter it has to be fixed.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  138. bird

    Final 2 should be determined by the viewing audience but the person getting booted out should be dtermined by the judges. That's my opinion !!

    May 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Bill

    It's really a shame (and disgusting) when people on these blogs constantly bring up race. It seems like the race card is pulled way to often.
    This show is a popularity contest first and foremeost, and if you've watched it since it's inception you'd know that. It's not like either Kim or the cowboy are going to win the trophy, so what is the big fuss. Accept it for what it is, entertainment, and chill out

    May 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  140. JBP

    I definitely agree with the other postings. DWTS needs a better voting system...I was completely shocked...Ty over Lil' Kim? Maybe that's what they wanted for ratings unfortunately, all that's going to do is have people stop watching and voting...There's obviously something not right here....I'm completely turned off I may stop watching all together.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Carla

    Melissa is the better dancer and should win, Giles is OK but did not do well on Monday. My prodicition forthe final 3 are Giles, Shaun & Melissa with Melissa winning.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Fan

    This is the end of watching the show for me, I watch to see Lil Kim dance and what her outfit will look like this week. Ty is so still can't move his waist, and has no personality. Kim went to gail for not being a snitch.. not betraying her friend. Other prominent people has gone to jail for much worst crime. And people try and be role models to your children and people who look up to you , and stop putting that responsibility on others.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  143. angie k

    I thouhgt the elimination was outrageous. everyone watching knows Lil Kim out dance the cowboy every week. it was a very disturbing outcome.

    May 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  144. map

    Oh Boo-hoo!! this is America, we have freedom to vote for whom ever we want to. not everything is about color. There is I guess something about a cowboy that is more appealing than jail tote'n rapper. So be it , I love it!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  145. denise

    Well now I do not have t o worry about watching this show anymore. Obviously a show that would vote off Lil Kim and keep that wooden rodeo boy is a waste of my time.!!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Terry

    It is fairly simple to see what is going on. The general public should remember that at this point–the popularity contest mentality should be gone and the viewers, like the judges, should concentrate on talent, performance and ability. Lil Kim obviously was the forerunner between her and Ty. But Ty got the nod because he is very likeable. I like him, too, but his dancing skill leaves much to be desired. So this kind of decision is what happens when a bunch of dance iliterate rookies are allowed to make a decision. It is a good thing the decision wasn't for something earth shaking or we would all be in a lot of trouble.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Patty

    I'm happy to see Ty was voted to stay on another week. Lil Kim is a good dancer, but she over emphasises her dance moves giving a sloppy, not in control look to her dancing. Derek has no reason to feel upset, because if he truly wanted them to win, he should have shown Lil Kim how to tone her dancing down a notch..or two. Also, referring to Lil Kim as bionic butt, unfortunately did not work in her favor because again, it made her dancing look too sloppy. The judges should stick to what they are there to do, judge and keep the little "pet" names out of it. Even though the judges are joking, I found the comment to be rather disrepectful to Lil Kim, especially since she is trying to compete with all the other dancers on the show.

    All in all, I enjoy watching the show, even with all of it's imperfections!

    Thank you.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Nikki

    Lil Kim should have NEVER been on the show, they should have never asked her, she served jail time, no role model here. There should be a stipulation on that. I'm glad she got the boot, Ty should hold his head up high, he won't win, but he's got good morals!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Shar

    Jerry Rice, Emmit Smith, Leila Ali, Warren Sapp,Mario Lopez, Helio Castroneves, and Krista Yamaguchi all went to the semi finals and finals. Emmit, Helio, and Krista were champions. While this is not a particularly diverse competition, it is out of line to say that being a WASP is the key to winning/staying in the game. (People forget about Sabrina Bryant. )Ty stayed because people voted for him. When you get off your butts and vote your favorite stays. Maybe in the true spirit of the competition people liked the fact that Ty was totally out of his element and still gave 100%. i THINK L'IL KIM SHOULD HAVE STAYED.Heck, Ty would probably have voted for her as the better dancer. Ty has fans. People are impressed that he hung on in a competition that bewildered the devil out of him–just because he loved his wife. Maybe that was the key. He seemed to be doing it for Jewel. In this day and age that's refreshing, too.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Priceless

    It is no surprise that Lil' Kim went home. She did not deserve it but when have the fans ever kept a black woman on the show? I do not remember any of the black women who have been on DWTS staying as long as they should have. Furthermore, it isn't that they voted her off, rather she didn't have enough fans voting to keep her there. I don't think enough of her demographic watches the show to carry any real wait when it matters. Unfortunately, this is all to familiar for some of us in America. Ty is adorable but cannot dance in my opinion. He has a lot of heart but i agree with the judges in that heart should not overweigh talent.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Ryder

    Ty has no business on the show anymore. Yes he has improved, but come on! He is now in the semi-finals?!?!? I guess he has one hell of a fan base. Lil' Kim should be in the final four.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  152. CNN Reader

    Who cares; she's a convicted felon and ex-convict.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Jim

    Rodeo cowboys should not make the semi-finals of a ballroom dance contest. Man Law? Man Law.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Paula

    What difference does it make neither Lil Kim or Ty are good enough to win in the end. I think its time for both to go. That will leave
    the three best dancers.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Silvana Pillot, Montreal, Canada

    I cannot believe that Lil Kim was booted off the show last night! What is America thinking! She was such a great addition to the show and danced so well!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  156. CJ

    What a pity when we can not forgive others for their errors/mistakes..but always want people to forget times we have been less than perfect...It is a dance contest.. Role models start at home, not on TV.. If this is how the winners and losers are determined, maybe the producers should review the Rules..BY the way, Brunos comment about her being a TRAMP wasn't helpful either!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Michelle

    I think Ty shouldn't have made it past Chuck or Lil Kim, but that's how fan voted shows work. What I can't believe are some of the comments on here! Lil Kim got voted off because she is of color? This apparently is your first season watching. People "of color" have done very well every season and have won in the past. She was voted off because she didn't get as much fan support. Period. She was only one point ahead of Ty in judges' scores. Julianne and Derek full of themselves? Not hardly. Cheryl, yes. Maxs, yes. Julianne and Derek, absolutely not. Shawn should not be on there because gymnasts have an advantage? That's ridiculous. Musicians who make music videos where they dance around to choreographed routines have an advantage, not a gymnast who performs precision routines on a balance beam. Geez people. Get real!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Sandy

    We should all try to look at the dancers through the eyes of my 74 mother. She had no idea who these dancers were and judged them strictly on talent. Give Lil Kim a break, she served her time and we all make mistakes.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Tasha

    I am very upset that lil kim was sent home. She is a much better dancer then Ty. And the fact she was sent home means this show is rigged. I will no longer watch DWTS!!!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  160. doug

    Someone made the comment that this is about color and race but how does that square with fact that a woman of Asian blood lines won it last year and a black man came in second. The year before a man of latin blood lines won it. Kim was voted off because she appeared cocky and her partner didn't help that image much because he, though a great dancer, seems a bit cocky as well. To win over the public you have to have the "it" part as well as ability. Should Ty win it all it would probably be a shame because he can't dance as well as his competition but this weeks vote clearly stated that at this point in time he is more liked and is growing on the public. He is more entertaining. That will probably change next week.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Marissa

    Who cares if he's a nice guy, this isn't a nice guy competition it's a DANCING competition and she is clearly a much better dancer than him!!! I wish everyone would stop making this about her skin color too, I really don't think that had anything to do with it. It's just a popularity contest, just like American Idol....

    May 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  162. joe

    i watched a couple of seasons and actually enjoyed it. Now, I find the judges to be very MEAN SPIRITED rather than critical. I also find the audiance to be very superficial.
    Joe

    May 6, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Michele

    I love this show but Ty should have been cut last night even though I do like him. Kim was much more talented as a dancer. From the looks of things I am not the only one who agrees!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  164. don't matter

    To suzy:
    I could swear I saw you put this comment on another blog about DWTS. So what if Lil 'Kim has a record. This is America, here we learn that once a debt to society is repaid, you're excused. By the way do you even know why she served time? I bet you don't.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Mrs Wiggins

    If the judges didn't say "Ty, you should be going home" on Monday night, maybe the voters would have let it go but, the judges are so mean and telling the voters how to vote that would have voted for Ty just to let the judges know how I feel about them.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  166. don't matter

    I Read all the comments and only have to say...

    Fact: Of the two, Lil 'Kim was a better dancer.
    Fact: I will not be watching the show anymore. Gilles is the only exciting dancer left, but not that exciting.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Joe

    Lil Kim showed us a different side of herself other than the rapper. She was fun to watch and did a great job with the dancing. She should be proud of herself for her achievement! I think she may have picked up some more mainstream fans.

    Ty is a good person, but was very painful to watch dance. He did try and I give him credit for that, but no way should he still be on the show.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Linda

    Personally, I felt that Ty should have went home weeks ago. Lil Kim danced her *** off each and every time, made few mistakes and she gets sent home. Now that is just ridiculous.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Wilson

    There is some ignorance to those that believe because Lil Kim served time she did not deserve being there, etc. For those that have those opinions remember that everyone should be judged on their merits. Remember you too, have A LOVED ONE, that has been incarcerated, or still is. Hope these are the ones that never make a mistake. You should be ashamed of yourselves calling that woman trash. Grow up!!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Larry

    Came a week early is all. Giles and Melissa are the top and most popular dancers. Kim wouldn't beat out either of them.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Jen

    I agree with Suzy & Jane, I am so happy that Lil Kim got the boot, Ty lives to fight another day, I feel so sorry for him, but he will get some practice in, but I doubt if he will get in the finals, there has to be a drastic improvement, on his part, I am hoping for Melissa, and Gilles, I hope will go soon, because of his partner Cheryl Burke, she should take some time out next season, she is too conceited, and so is her competing partner, maybe her attitude is handed down to him.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  172. ollie2.0

    It doesn't really matter who got voted off this week. Neither one are good enough to win. Lets hope next week though the fans get it right. I would have liked to see Lil Kim dance for one more week instead of Ty, but oh well.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  173. lm

    Everybody tends to be "fair-weathered" as soon as their favorite gets voted off. When your favorite sports team doesnt make it to the finals do you stop watching the sport? While yes Lil' Kim is a good dancer, she is not the first good dancer to get the boot. Yes the show is about popularity. I don't think I have ever heard the show say vote for the best dancer. It is always vote for your favorite star. Idol is the same way, they say vote for your favorite not the best. Everyone assumed Ty was going home, so everyone probably didn't vote as much for their favorites. Everyone loves an underdog and Ty is it. Why is it that the star that is the best dancer has to win it? Competition is a tool used that gives incentives for self-improvement. If there is nothing to improve than there is no need for the competition. Why can't someone who started off horribly but has made remarkable strides win it? I think it sends a wonderful message to anyone who knows that they aren't the best at something but if they keep trying, maybe thier efforts will be rewarded. If Melissa wins than everyone will keep complaining about that because she is not a "star" and had dance experience.
    As for you Ty- you were not my favorite at first but your down to earth demeanor and your hard work and determination turned me into a fan. I truly hope that you win this competition. While other stars truly use being on this show to reboot their careers, you truly are in it to compete and do the best you can. Jewel you are really one lucky lady!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  174. sherylyn

    As always– a TV show got it wrong- When ever there is a toss up between black and white- the black always get looked over-
    Yes I know you will say that Emmett was a winner- but out of 8 seasons

    I believe because it was getting near the end- the people chose to look at her background.

    I do not know if I will continue to watch DANCING WITH THE STARS

    SY

    May 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  175. PA Fan

    This is of course a popularity contest like anything else involving fans. Why this surprises anyone surprises me. I personally was not a fan of Lil Kim, and not due to her race or her music. I cannot get the pictures out of my head of her showing up to awards shows etc... with nothing more on than pasties and panties. Like someone else stated, she is vulgar. I did not know anything about Ty prior to this show, but he seems like a nice person. So my choice was vulgar, or nice. While I admit that Kim was the better dancer, Ty to me was more likeable since I had no previous opinion of him. Had I not had a prior opinion of Kim, I would have voted for her. I can imagine this thought process went through many homes on Monday evening. The fact that someone is well known for unpleasant reasons, and therefore voted off early, is not new. There have been many voted off and many saved based upon the publics opinion from prior acts by that person.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Keiko Drake

    This really sucks..... this is a dancing contest! It is very clear that one of the top dancer was sent home. Although the rules are what they are something need to be in place to "SAVE" a team being sent home due to audience voting. The judges should be able to step in the Right a Wrong! Lil Kim is a winner in my eyes! Not sure if it's worth watching to the end.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  177. jennie

    I am truly upset Lil Kim was chosen instead of Ty. The man has two left feet..KIm redeem herself as showing she really has class and she can dance circles around ty, I been watching the show from the beginning and so far all the chosen ones were the correct ones to leave but after last night decision..I will not be watching next season. BXNYGIRL!!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  178. dragonflyinva

    In response to Mel, who placed the race card. Hm....correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Emmit Smith win the mirror ball a couple years ago? Last I saw him, he was ..ready people?? A BLACK MAN. Hence, color of someone's skin has nothing to do with it. Look back at the winner's over the past couple of years. You will see they are not all WHITE Americans. Get real and lose your prejudice!

    May 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Dave

    I agree with the Ottawa Guy. It wasn't HER they voted off...it was the dork.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Anna

    Role model? Never should of had her on the show, poking fun at her "jail time" with the songs she danced to. Good riddance.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Jane

    Soooo glad she is gone. Its way overdue.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  182. suzy

    Why is everyone embracing this trashy woman??? Do people not know she just came from serving a year in jail?? What kind of role model is she?? Just because she can learn a few dance steps every week?? Please people, get a grip.

    May 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  183. gogetta

    I was unable to watch the show last evening, and saw today who got voted off, I thought for sure Ty was going to be the one, although I quite like his personality, but for sure he is not a competitor for dancing. I realize, I don't miss much on Tuesday night, because it is usually too boring, except when it is elimination, I get frustrated watching Cheryl Burke waiting for the outcome, we never like to be losers, understandably, but she thinks she must win all the time, and she is just too condescending, so when I saw, that it was surprising results, I was hoping it was Gilles & Cheryl, but it is O.K. because I wasn't too fond of Lil Kim & Derek, he is very full of himself, and she puts on this innocent, girlish, childish look that annoys me, so just as well they go, Ty, I feel sorry for to continue, because that's not for him. I will keep watching!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  184. A. A.

    Lil Kim awed me and I didn't know her prior to watching this show. I think it is amazing that Ty got enough votes from his fans. I don't think he has the stuff to be in the final four but democracy is democracy! And to the people who have decided to sit in judgement of this young woman, be careful because those who throw mud usually end up getting dirty as well. I thought she was sweet and worked exceedingly hard and gave it her all.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  185. MAGIC

    That cowboy should have gone weeks ago. He's stiff as the saddle he rides. Kim was a muuuuuuuch better dancer and alot of those dancer were afraid she would have gone all the way. I will not watch the rest of the show or any in the future. All the cowboys in the world must have voted for stiff as a board, oh and all his wife's friends too. I heard the wife and kim have been at each other. Go Kim!!!!! this show opened alot new doors for you. Go my Sista........

    May 6, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  186. Debby

    I have voted for both Lil Kim & Ty & know that Kim is the better of the two & consistently, I have voted for her & I am a Caucasion Christian. There should not be a race issue here – just who is the better dancer. I truly believe that she should have not gone home last night. If there is anything that we can do, I would do it to keep her on the show.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  187. Tom

    Those who are upset with last night's departure must keep in mind (1) that only one judges point separated Lil Kim and Ty, and (2) Lil Kim's fans must have been so sure she had it made that they didn't bother to vote this time. I don't think Derek or Lil Kim was voted off...but according to the rules...Ty and Chelsea were voted into the semifinals. A miscarraige...yes...but we have seen several times over the last 3 or 4 years where this happens. I wonder how many of those who are really upset failed to vote last night? Lil Kim's support might have been a mile wide but was apparently only a few inches deep.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  188. Not Mel

    TO MEL;

    Why is it that every time a person of color does not win something there is some loud mouth protesting it. I am NOT of color and enjoyed very much watching Lil' Kim dance. But, did you hear the people of non-color protest when they voted of Chuck Wills? NO!
    If you don't like turn your TV to a different channel!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  189. Johnny T

    Sadly it has always been a popularity contest as opposed to a contest of skill...I have not watched since the second season for just this reason...

    May 6, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  190. mel

    same exact thing happed to Mel B!
    shawn should not be on the show–being a gymnast gives a huge advantage becasue gymanst are taught tricks and timing and synchopation.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  191. Keamadre

    This show is no different than American Idol. If you can sing, great. If you can dance, awesome. But if the audience doesn't like you as much as the next contender then...you're gone. Pretty simple really.
    Ty is much more likeable then Lil Kim., at least in my eyes. The public wants to see contestants they can relate to, even if just a little bit. Lil Kim is not nearly relatable as Ty. It's the whole "well if he can do it, then maybe I can do it" mentality. I think the public's opinion is a very valueable tool in these kind of constests and I for one think that it's good that they have a say, ultimately. They are the target of entertainment. Aren't they?

    May 6, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  192. Jim J

    I'm sure the cowboy is a great guy, but he's such a painful geek to watch, I nearly have to turn off the TV. He should feel embarrassed to be still standing. Never thought I'd say it, but I actually grew to like L'il Kim and will miss her great moves!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  193. Lady K

    WE do watch the show JAM, more than you know....it's an all time favorite for most of US... Ty just had more votes this time. And if WE didn't watch the show like you said Lil Kim may not have had as many votes as she did. And I am quite sure others voted for her as well because she was actually good.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  194. Maggie

    I love Ty! I am so proud of him. I think Lil Kim was a great dancer but there was something about her that was off a bit and her partner drove me crazy. I love Ty no I don't think he's the best, but he is adorable.
    I also cannot stand it when immediatly people use the race card, I dont' think that's the case. I think that people really like Ty he is very funny and personable. I know that's not what the show is supposed to be about but in this case it is. Lil Kim didn't get voted off because of Race, it was just becuase people like Ty so much.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  195. rose

    Melissa should have been the one to get the boot. She is a whiny, no talent media hog. She took a minor injury and made it into a health crisis to gain sympathy. If she wins, then I will know for sure that this show is rigged in favor of the ABC non-celebrity.
    Kim was good, not the best. Ty is entertaining, but not a dancer. Gils is good. Shawn is the best, consistent, continues to improve, but Len seems biased against her.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  196. DJAY

    I felt that for the past two weeks KerriAnn or whatever her name is was stiring Lil Kim off the show. She had been dropping little unfavorable remarks to Lil Kim in an around about way trying to stir the votes against Lil Kim. I truly feel that she did not want to see Lil Kim in the final two. I will not watch the show next season if this is how the judges will conduct business. Lil Kim has been consistant since the beginning of the show along with the remaining two females.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  197. lynne

    Ty should have gone home. Li'l Kim will be missed. I enjoyed watching her!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  198. Tim

    Come on- The Cowboy??? This is what makes people turn the channel. Your going to lose people now. Good luck to your show but your years are number now...Sound like what happen on the Idol with Jennifer Hudson...Much love to you Kim

    May 6, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  199. Kel

    It's totally a popularity contest. But the show doesn't deny that.

    I think the show should bring back the dance off but have it be that each week, half judges' scores/half voters' scores decide the bottom two, then there is a dance off and the judges pick the winner from the bottom two. This gives the public a chance to decide bottom two, but ultimately helps ensure that the best dancers win.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  200. Nik

    Never underestimate the power of the rodeo fan. Those of us who live in the west and the south will always appreciate a clean cut well mannered cowboy. The producers did leave the process up to the fans and voting.
    As a dancer I have cringed some nights while watching Ty and on others have cheered for him. That being said, as much as I like Ty and have been supportive of him, it was time for him to go home and I think by the look on his face last night he knew it too.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  201. Maria

    I'm a big fan of Ty and Chelsie, he surprises and excites me, and I'm very proud to be one of his voting fans.

    Go Ty!!!!!!
    Go Ty!!!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  202. M.J.

    Very disappointed that the cowboy wasn't voted off. I guess the over all support is still high in numbers for him, because he most definitely cannot dance. All in all one couple will win, thank goodness for that.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  203. VRHEER

    WWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW

    May 6, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  204. Jam

    DUH! It's a popularity contest, not truly based on talent! I don't care how good she was, THEY were NEVER going to let Lil Kim win such a show! I am truly not surprised. She knows that the only way she was going to win is if WE voted for her and WE don't watch that show. It 's just the truth...

    Keep your head up Girl, you know you're the BEST! You don't need DWTS to make you! You've come a long way and I'm proud of my SISTA!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  205. VICKI

    It was a surprise that lil kim went home, but then, this season has been a roller coaster ride for the last few weeks. let's see if ty can make it past next week for the finals.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  206. Sharon Ceniglio

    I don't think in the end she would have won any way. I never voted for her. I thought she was too vulgar. I was glad to see her go. I would have been upset if in the end she won.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  207. Jane

    Hooray! I'm so happy that Kim is out. Ty may not be the best dancer but there is something about him that keeps you rooting for him. Wouldn't it be hysterical if Ty took the prize. He has come a long way. I am no longer predicting the final 3. Ty just may be in there. His fan base is evidently very strong. Go Ty!!!!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  208. ava

    Very unfair!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  209. gb

    This show is a disgrace, even if the fans saved Ty Murray I would have declined and the judges should have steeped up. This guy who is a nice person from what I can tell can't dance at all. The best should be in the finals simple as that.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  210. mel

    unfortunately, the demographic of the viewers of DWTS does not “subconciously” really want to see a black, inner city, femal rapper claim the prize and be admired by the public. I think most of the viewers of DWTS are not people of color. Its a shame she did not pass this round. she should have. people need to get past the background of person and just look at their merits. she had the merits to win. this is exaclty why we have affirmative action. its because qualified people get PASSED over BECAUSE of their ethnicity. and the ority ethniticy wins becuase of the commonality.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  211. Grace DiPaola

    As much as I like Ty Murray, he should have been eliminated. Lil Kim was so much better. But, of course, the calls ins are more about popularity than ability and it's not fair to the couples who are really doing well.
    There should be a better way to keep the couples who deserve to be there.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  212. rosie626

    While Ty is an adorable man and has improved considerably from when he started, I think Kim was robbed. I know the fans are the final say, but Kim, by far, is the better dancer. I believe they should have a dance off like they did in the season that Kelly Monnaco won. It doesn't change anything, but vindication for Kim would be nice.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  213. morrison

    Maybe DWTS should have a one time save like Idol. This should be a DANCING contest, not a popularity contest. Ty is nice but doesn't approach Kim's dancing ability.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  214. Marc

    Lil Kim ousted? The show has to rethink the scoring system, because right now, high judge points dont amount to much when the stronger dancer of the two gets booted off the show! The scoring should lean more towards dancing than a popularity contest!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  215. M. DiPrima

    There is an obvious fatal flaw in this show - it's more about popularity than dancing. The "judges" are a joke when they can be overruled by people who wouldn't know grace and skill if it squated on their face. This show has lost me as a viewer.

    May 6, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  216. Ottawa Guy

    L'il Kim wasn't voted off because of L'il Kim, she was voted off because of her partner Derek Hough. Like his sister Julianne, he's too cocky and full of himself. That's why the audience voted HIM off. Just imagine the Hough dinner table with those two "it's not about you, it's about me!" show-offs growing up!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  217. BJ Wolff

    It's unfortunate that Lil' Kim went home instead of Ty, because she is CLEARLY a better dancer than him. I like Ty, but the voters just got this one wrong. I enjoyed watching her and getting a new perspective on who she is. She seemed really, really nice and genuine! She should be proud of herself!!

    May 6, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |

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