March 31st, 2010
08:53 AM ET
It’s over for Shannen Doherty on “Dancing With the Stars.” The actress was the first celebrity contestant to be eliminated from the hit show this season after performing just two dances.
But last night’s episode was also a close call for actress Pamela Anderson, who was in “the bottom two” - one of the lowest-scoring stars when the judges’ scores and viewer votes were combined. (Anderson spent the rest of the show in the dreaded red spotlight and didn’t look particularly happy about it.)
Buzz Aldrin, on the other hand, was the first to find out he was safe to the delight and surprise of the studio audience. Since the 80-year-old former astronaut was one of the contestants thought to be in danger of being eliminated, the announcement set up a tense hour for reality TV star Kate Gosselin who seemed nervous after her two low-scoring performances.
(Comedienne Niecy Nash summed up the tension this way: “The thought of someone leaving is making me sick and hungry.” Judge Len Goodman also tried to lighten the mood with his “Len Commandments” for the dancers. One example: Thou shalt have rhinestones – “keep it sparkly, people,” he advised.)
Producers waited until the last few minutes of the show to reveal Gosselin’s fate. It was then Doherty’s turn in the spotlight and her elimination was a bit of a surprise. Doherty wasn’t among the strongest dancers, but her jive on Monday was a big improvement over her first performance - a Viennese waltz - and she seemed to be having more fun. She certainly wasn’t the worst performer among the contestants.
What did you think of the results?
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