If the judges’ scores and fans’ votes for “Dancing With the Stars” were based on chemistry alone, singer Chynna Phillips and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, might still be contenders for the show’s coveted Mirrorball Trophy.
“Have you ever seen a child run to the opposite side of the soccer field thinking they’re going to score, and they’re going the wrong way,” she said today on “Good Morning America.” “That was the feeling going on inside my stomach when this happened to us the other night. It was not fun.”
During her tango with Dovolani to the theme from “Mission Impossible,” Phillips forgot her choreography and lost her place in the dance during Monday night’s live show.
Her combined judges score of 21 out of a possible 30 points left Phillips one point away from the bottom of the leader board and tied with Chaz Bono, whose scores have been among the competition’s lowest each week.
“I tried to stay calm because I knew she was freaked out about the whole thing,” Dovolani said on “GMA.” “I just really hoped America would give us a second chance, but clearly they didn’t.”
Their elimination in week four of the hit ABC show was especially disappointing for the couple since, in the weeks leading up to Tuesday night, they had remained at the top of the leader board, with Phillips, in particular, praised by judges for turning in graceful performances.
“We really had a blast in rehearsal,” Dovolani said today on “GMA.” “We were the only couple that didn’t have an actual fight.”
The hours spent in rehearsal, despite the fun, left Dovolani with a sprained ankle, but the professional dancer kept on moving Tuesday night to help keep Phillips on her toes, especially after her choreography flub.
“I’d forgotten about my injury,” he said. “As a teacher, you kind of go into dad mode to take care of your student so you forget about any injury you might have.”
The couple also confirmed reports that Dovolani was not the only one of the show’s professional dancers dancing through a painful injury Tuesday night.
Derek Hough performed a complicated routine with his sister, Julianne, even though he had dislocated his shoulder while rehearsing the routine’s lifts, twists and turns.
“He’s doing great,” Phillips said.
“Ricki was very concerned about him, but he’s fine,” she said, referring to Hough’s star partner on the show, former talk-show host Ricki Lake. The duo led the pack in week four, earning the first 10′s of the season for a near-perfect score of 29 for their tango.
Phillips, who described the show’s rigors as being so tough they ‘literally saved my butt,’ said the show’s professional dancers have her admiration for their stamina and dedication through pain.
“These guys, they do it all the ti: sprained ankles, sprained shoulder,” she said. “If I had to dance like that every single day, I’d probably have injuries up the kazoo.”
With Phillips gone, Lake and Bono join David Arquette, Rob Kardashian, Carson Kressley, J.R. Martinez and Hope Solo as the remaining stars moving on to compete in week five Monday night.