Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were eliminated from ”Dancing With the Stars” tonight.
Of the couples who performed Monday night, Menounos and Hough had the highest judges’ score, but contestants are eliminated based on a combination of judges’ scores as well as audience votes.
“No matter which way this goes, it’s gonna suck,” said host Tom Bergeron before announcing which contestant — Menounos or NFL star Donald Driver — would be eliminated.
Many in the crowd booed the announcement.
“I learned how strong I was, how to persevere,” Menounos said.
Hough paid tribute to Menounos’ talent and drive — “and not just on the dance floor … in the dance of life.”
The announcement capped a packed results show that began with an encore performance by telenovela star William Levy and Cheryl Burke of the samba that earned them a perfect score Monday night.
Alanis Morissette and Carrie Underwood sang songs, and Julianne Hough and others from this summer’s movie “Rock of Ages” performed.
The show examined the mishap that occurred Monday night during a routine danced by Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner, Mark Ballas. The injury did not hurt her last night, at least.
Next week, Driver, Levy and Jenkins will battle it out for the mirror ball trophy.