By Sandy Cohen Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Niecy Nash joked about her “jiggly parts” throughout her run on “Dancing With the Stars,” but the actress and TV host was shaken out of the ballroom Tuesday.
She came into the results show in last place, with 43 points out of 60 for her two dances. Judges on the hit ABC show praised the Viennese waltz she performed with professional partner Louis Van Amstel on Monday’s episode, but they criticized the couple’s paso doble.
“You looked unsteady,” judge Bruno Tonioli said. “This wasn’t very good.”
Nash was nervous before the results show, tweeting, “The tension is thick but I’m prayed up and ready for whatever God has planned.” Still, she beamed throughout the episode.
“I am a 40-year-old mother of three. I’ve got three C-sections under my belt,” she said. “I was able to survive in this competition this long against some fantastic people — and with the fact that I cannot hula-hoop with a Cheerio.”
She thanked her partner “for molding this lump of clay into something” and her mother and boyfriend, whom she referred to as Mr. Wonderful, for coming to the ballroom to watch her each week.
Nash also thanked the show itself, saying it gave her a chance to “live out a childhood dream.”
“This experience has taught me that I can do anything I want to do, and for that I will always be grateful,” she said.
Nash’s elimination came during an action-packed episode that featured the Gipsy Kings performing two songs and the introduction of the show’s college dance championship.
It also set the semifinal slate: Football star Chad Ochocinco, sportscaster Erin Andrews, singer Nicole Scherzinger and Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek continue the competition for the mirrorball trophy.
This season’s eliminated contestants — including Nash, reality stars Kate Gosselin and Jake Pavelka, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and actors Pamela Anderson, Shannen Doherty and Aiden Turner — are expected to return for the season’s final episodes on May 24 and 25.
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