April 4th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

'DWTS' reveals 'dance duel' elimination as a 'Star' heads home

For the first time in a long while, the elimination episode of "Dancing with the Stars" didn't make headlines over which star was cast off. Rather, it made waves over how the celebrities will be eliminated in the future.

Host Tom Bergeron announced Tuesday that for the next three weeks, the bottom two couples, as determined by viewer votes, will compete simultaneously in a "Dance Duel."

After the dance, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli will decide which of the two couples will get the boot.

Bergeron didn't explain why the move was made, but seemed to hint at viewer frustration through the years that talented celebrities left the show early on while popular, less skillful performers were allowed to advance.

One celebrity who won't get the privilege of competing in a "Dance Duel" is actor/singer Jack Wagner, who was eliminated last night. Despite the early departure, Wagner told CNN he enjoyed his experience.

"You gotta take the positives from something like this," Wagner said. "I'm certainly really happy with the time I had here, especially working with [pro partner] Anna [Trebunskaya]."

For the second week in a row, singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw was in the bottom two, but avoided elimination.

Next week, the 10 remaining couples will dance to rock tunes, and the "Dance Duel" debuts.

What did you think - was the right celebrity eliminated? And do you love or hate the "Dance Duel"?

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Casey Anthony

    Why can't I be on Dancing with the Stars? I would make a great dancer!! Jose said I was "really good" too...

    April 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    I'm not watching anymore now that Anna is gone.... stupid American voters.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LoJenk


    April 4, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. :|

    Old joke is old.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Billy

    My mom said Webster is going to win.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. ?

    Dance duel between edwina n rf wld be funny. I know rf would win!

    April 4, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |

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