April 18th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

'Dance Duel' takes out celebrity on 'DWTS'

The long-awaited "Dance Duel" occurred on last night's "Dancing with the Stars" results show, but singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw seemed to know his fate long before the "duelers" were revealed.

DeGraw joked before and after Monday's so-so samba that he'd likely be one of the "duelers."  Then, after he and Jaleel White were revealed to be the celebrities with the lowest vote totals, DeGraw noted to host Tom Bergeron that White was "more talented."

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Finally, after DeGraw, White and their partners faced off in a cha-cha battle, the judges told the singer/songwriter that he was going home.

Despite his struggles throughout the competition - he finished in the bottom two three times - DeGraw told CNN after the show that he enjoyed his time on the series, heaping praise on his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff.

"Karina is a great, great dancer. She's a tolerant teacher and a deliberate human being," DeGraw said. "I like deliberate people - they know what they want and they go for it."

DeGraw added that he's leaving the show with plenty of memories and a new sense of what it takes to make "Dancing with the Stars" work.

"It's a very difficult job that these people [at the show] do here. From dancing to what's on and off camera, it's been a great grounding experience," the singer/songwriter told us.

Next week, the remaining celebrities will take on the best of Motown.

What did you think of last night's elimination?  Do you think the "Dance Duel" is dynamite or a dud?

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. deedee

    after every dance we are told to vote for your favorite couple so they done't get eliminated....well, what is the poing if the judges are the ones who will judge the bottom 2....if we have voted I would think that is the way the fans want the vote to be....................if this is the way it is going to be from now on...why should I vote at all...obviously the judges have voted in the first place................now they do it again ????????don't like it...........and if that's the case bye.

    April 20, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ryan Kerstetter

    I wonder what kind of parent you are to say that Madonna has no right to discipline her daughter or to have high expectations in light of her past. I'm sure she made it clear that smoking isn't acceptable for Lourdes, but sometimes, kids will do what they want regardless of their parent's directives. It doesn't make her a bad mother, or Lourdes a bad daughter. How dare you! You must be jealous that Madonna had some of the best c*cks in the business 🙂

    April 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kathy

    What's with the hat? I can't believe Len didn't tell him to stop wearing it.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Lounds

    I was going to ask Jaleel how this experience compares to his time on Webster.

    April 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Ed

    So apparently the public vote doesn't count..........we leave it to the judges?????

    April 18, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • inphinity

      You know, I had the same initial reaction and hated the idea. But, then I remembered the Andrew Lloyed Webber singing/performing contests in Britian – where during part of the season, Andrew Lloyd Webber could save the contestant he liked in much the same way. As long as they stop the duelling before the semi-finals, i'm willing to keep an open mind.

      April 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LoJenk


    April 18, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. 1twinsfan

    The better dancer may have stayed but the better human left.

    April 18, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • @ 1twinsfan

      Yawn. Go watch your pathetic baseball team and leave the "moral judging" to people who are more suited for that.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Elisa Jordana


    April 18, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |

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