Just goes to show you... anything can happen in the ballroom.
Case in point: In tonight's elimination round, the setup for next week's semi-finals, it was that super-charged, "Bionic Bootie" herself Lil Kim that wound up exiting the ballroom, instead of the "expected" Ty Murray.
No matter how much Lil Kim shook her "bionic bootie" on Monday night, it wasn't enough to save her from elimination on "Dancing with the Stars."
In an astonishing upset in terms of overall performances up till now (anyone remember Sabrina Bryan's early departure from the ballroom), viewers' votes kept Ty in the running even though he was at the bottom of the leader board Monday night. Lil Kim, who had consistently been in the top five on the leaderboard, was just one notch above Ty after her dismal dancing Monday night. But even the judges' rude comments to Ty couldn't dissuade viewers. Never under-estimate a cowboy with a charming smile!
It's always a bittersweet moment when the show gets to this point and someone is out of the running. I think no one was more stunned than Ty, but I gotta say he has just as much right as anybody else to hold his head up high for the semi-finals round next week. Ty has come a long, long way in this competition, and he has embodied the very essence of the show: He became a ballroom dancer. Go Ty!!!
So here's the set up for next week's semi-finals: Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani; Ty Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower; Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas; and Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke. Here's to an exciting night of dancing!