Actually more than a smile -- he left wearing a massive grin. It was no secret that after seven weeks of dancing, Lawrence Taylor was ready to trade in a hardwood ballroom floor for a lush green golf course.
Tom Bergeron teased the former footballer saying, "You're the worst actor we've ever had on the show. You're the happiest guy to go home, to get back to the golf course."
Following his elimination, Taylor gave a shout out to his friends. "I want all my boys to know back in Miami, I'll be on the practice range at 9, tee off is at 9:30." Taylor later appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." When asked by the host if he was happy to be eliminated, the linebacker simply said, "Yeah."
This week, all of the stars designed the outfits that they and their partners would be wearing. Taylor might only be remembered for designing an outfit that completely covered up a notoriously naked Edyta. Channeling Dr. Zhivago, Taylor dressed Edyta in a floor length coat complete with faux fur trim and a full length ball gown. Edyta famously wears the least amount of clothing on the show, the better to display her amazingly toned body. Unaccustomed to dancing with so many layers, got literally wrapped up in her dress while dancing.
"I'm wearing so much clothes that I got tangled in it!" she said later.
Tom Bergeron joked they've only been putting Edyta in scanty costumes "for her own safety."
Also on last night's episode, for the first time in eight seasons viewers were asked to vote for the next professional dancer who will be joining the cast of Season 9. Over the next three weeks, six professionals will face off, competing for one spot. Of the six pros, two are siblings of former "Dancing with the Stars" professionals: Genya Mazo is the brother of season one champion Alec Mazo, and Afton DelGrosso is the sibling of Ashley DelGrosso, who appeared in the first three seasons of the show.
Melissa Rycroft knocked Lil' Kim off the top of the leader board with an incredibly sexy Argentine tango that was packed with amazing, and legal, lifts. Shawn Johnson was hot on her heels with a really fun, high-energy, Michael Jackson-inspired cha-cha that earned her her first 10 of the season.
Chuck Wicks finally flipped on his dancing switch because he really started to shake his groove thing -- perhaps his red silk pajamas set his feet on fire -- and he nabbed his best score so far in the competition for his cha-cha. Gilles Marini tied for third place with Chuck for an elegant and graceful Viennese Waltz.
Lil' Kim followed Gilles on the scoreboard for a rumba that was slightly disappointing and underwhelming. While trying to find a balance between sexy and sweet, she lost the raunchiness that we have come to love and expect from the tiny rapper. Ty Murray came in second from the bottom, although his score for his waltz was six points higher than his score last week and his best of the season. Lawrence Taylor came in at the bottom of the board for his waltz, despite all around positive feedback from the judges.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani (29/30)
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas (28/30)
Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough (27/30)
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke (27/30)
Lil' Kim and Derek Hough (26/30)
Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower (24/30)
Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (21/30)
Blog by Sabrina Parise, April 8, 2009