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Following harsh criticism from judge Len Goodman and spending consecutive weeks at the bottom of the leader board, D.L. Hughley finally said goodbye to the ballroom on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars.
"I'm sad," the comedian, 50, told PEOPLE backstage after he and partner, Cheryl Burke, 28, were eliminated. "[My fans kept me] on life support. I'm going to continue dancing, but no one will care. I'm not dancing for scores. Now that I'm not intimidated anymore, I'm going to dance."
When Hughley agreed to be on the show, he hadn't expected the judges to be so critical.
On Monday's Dancing with the Stars, frontrunner Zendaya earned the first 10s of the season and Karina Smirnoff performed with ex-fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the first time since their split.
But for Andy Dick and D.L. Hughley the night was a repeat of hearing harsh critiques from the judges.
Dick made a statement with a Zoro-themed entrance during his paso doble with partner Sharna Burgess, but the rest of his dance was panned. Hughley, too, failed to impress the panel with his and Cheryl Burke's tango. Both couples finished the night at the bottom of the leader board with 18 points.
At the end of Tuesday's elimination, Andy and Sharna were declared safe but D.L. and Cheryl were in jeopardy, along with soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson and boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold.
It appears Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have buried the hatchet.
The formerly engaged pair, who didn't have much interaction after calling it quits in September 2009, shocked viewers on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars when they not only shared a routine together but looked happy about it.
"It was so fun," Smirnoff, 35, told PEOPLE backstage after the show. "It was drama-less and so refreshing. I enjoyed it. I really did."
Smirnoff – who says she was shocked when she opened an envelope and found out that Chmerkovskiy, 33, would be joining her and partner Jacoby Jones – admitted, "It was a little awkward in the beginning, but once we started, it was great."
Sean Lowe and his final rose-winning fiancée, Catherine Giudici from The Bachelor, are apparently still on and going strong.
Despite rumors of a rocky romance, Lowe, 29, tells PEOPLE, "We are happy and could not be better."
Chatting backstage after a successful turn in the ballroom with partner Peta Murgartroyd on Dancing with the Stars, Lowe also addressed general rumors he encounters, including ones that he's a diva on the set of his latest show.
"Nobody knows anything outside of me and Catherine and the people who are closest to us," he says, calling tabloid gossip "so ridiculous."
"Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight," host Tom Bergeron said at the start of Monday's Dancing with the Stars. "My heart is with you."
After opening the show with those somber words of support for those affected by the tragedy in Boston, Dancing's hosts, judges, celebrities and professional dancers went ahead with the performance show, which featured Len Goodman's side-by-side challenge.
They remaining couples had to perform routines simultaneously with another pair of professionals – a tough task for all the dancers. But one pair managed to pull off the first 10s of season 16.
Lisa Vanderpump is a restaurateur, designer, author, philanthropist and star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She's competing on season 16 of Dancing with the Stars with new pro Gleb Savchenko – and blogging about it on PEOPLE.com
My journey on Dancing with the Stars has come to an end and this will be the last week that I blog for you. I am back to work now, and it has been difficult to readjust after six intense weeks of dancing.
I haven't seen my partner Gleb Savchenko purposefully for several days, because I'm mourned the loss of the whole experience and I felt it was essential that I throw myself back into work as a distraction.
Move over, Magic Mike!
Former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering may be 49, but age isn't stopping him from shaking his groove thang – and showing off his ripped bod.
The actor plans to dance and disrobe as a guest star with the famed Chippendales dancers, taking the stage to perform for four weeks in June at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Cheryl Burke is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. The 15-season pro will blog for PEOPLE.com while competing on season 16 with her partner, D.L. Hughley.
I was surprised Lisa Vanderpump left last week because I thought people would be like, "She was really sick!" Normally when that happens on the show, people really want to keep you on, but I think that obviously this show is so tough and no one really knows what they're getting into.
It's seven days a week and it really takes a toll on your body. It's tough shooting doing this show and shooting the Housewives show at the same time. Even for D.L., he's on the road and he's doing his stand-up show somewhere new every weekend. It's tough doing two jobs at one time.
They're pals even off the parquet!
After performing together on Dancing with the Stars this week, Kellie Pickler and pro Derek Hough enjoyed a night out with fellow DWTS pals (and Picker's husband Kyle Jacobs) at the Sayers Club in L.A.
The country star, in skinny black pants and a black sweater, spent most of her time with her hubby and a brunette friend – but then she was front and center as Mark Ballas took the stage (at 12:35 a.m.) for a seven-song concert. Pickler was spotted cheering and clapping along to the music, though by the fourth song or so, she seemed to be a bit tired and headed over to the tables where her dance partner Hough was watching the show.
Pickler caught the rest of the show at the table, sipping water from a bottle, before heading out with her hubby.
There's a good reason Lisa Vanderpump didn't shed a tear after her elimination from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star – who was partnered with hot new pro Gleb Savchenko – felt "an element of relief" to leaving the competition, she told PEOPLE backstage after her dismissal.
"I have to be honest," she said. "I'm okay with it. That's why I didn't fall apart crying."
In fact, Vanderpump is proud of what she's accomplished. "I did it," she said. "It's the fourth week of the competition. We knew we weren't going to win. We were competing against an Olympian and a 16-year-old dancer. I'm a 52-year-old restaurateur. Give me a break. It is what it is."