Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
05/10/2011 at 10:10 PM EDT
Was it dance on, dance off for Ralph Macchio?
The Karate Kid
entered Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars
elimination show with the week's lowest score, his performance hampered by a bad knee.
But Romeo was also at risk due to low scores – with no injury to blame.
Spoiler: Read on to find out what happened.
There are still some kicks left in Macchio and pro partner Karina Smirnoff. It was goodbye to Romeo, who departed the ballroom with mixed emotions.
"I'm surprised because I did my best dances, but at the same time I'm not surprised," he said. "This show has changed my life forever. I didn't dance at my own prom. I've turned down a lot of movies because I was afraid to dance."
He expressed his love and gratitude to pro partner Chelsie Hightower, telling her, "I wanted to do this for you. We can dance after this."
"I'm super happy," she responded, "and so proud of you."
Along with Macchio, three more stars remain: Chelsea Kane
, Hines Ward and Kirstie Alley