November 9th, 2011
10:18 AM ET
Judge Len Goodman told HLN legal eagle Nancy Grace on Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" that she was the Cinderella of the competition, but that the clock had struck 12 and it was time to head home.
Goodman's prophecy turned out to be true Tuesday, as Grace became the eighth celebrity eliminated from the ABC competition. Despite falling short, Grace had nothing but praise for her experience when she talked to CNN after the show.
"The most important thing I'll take away is a new love in my heart, and that would be [pro partner] Tristan [MacManus]," Grace said. "Don't get crazy. We have worked together seven days a week for a long time now and, contrary to the way we were depicted, I actually love Tristan very much, so I'm taking away a new best friend."
Grace plans to donate the money she earned on the show to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"To all of the viewers who have stuck by me since way back when, thank you for voting for us and for getting to know Tristan. Hopefully you'll have many more seasons to know him," she added.
Grace's elimination means there are now four celebrities left - reality star Rob Kardashian, actress and talk show host Ricki Lake, soccer star Hope Solo and actor and veteran J.R. Martinez.
What did you think of Nancy Grace's elimination? Was the right person sent home?
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