‘Dancing With the Stars’ 2014: Antonio Sabato Jr. Booted in Week 7 of Season 19

Seven stars remain in competition for the mirror ball trophy.

ByABC News
October 27, 2014, 10:52 PM

— -- Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. was sent packing from the ballroom dance floor Monday on "Dancing With the Stars" after each couple turned in an individual Halloween-themed performance and then took part in a team dance.

“We had an incredible night. We had a great time,” he said today on “Good Morning America,” remaining in good spirits despite the elimination.

Cheryl Burke, the actor’s professional partner, explained how proud she was Sabato’s performance throughout the competition, “especially coming from no experience.”

“Antonio did an amazing job and I thought he improved every single week,” she said. “He was a good student.”

Sabato, 42, said his time on the show meant the world to him and his family, but a bit of rest and relaxation might not be such a bad thing moving forward.

“They just love being there every single week,” he said of his wife and children. “Last night was a sad moment because, obviously, we had to leave, but we’re so blessed, you know. We’ve been traveling from day one doing this other show that I’m doing, ‘Fix It to Finish It,’ and doing ‘Dancing’ at the same time. So it’s been kind of rough. But it’s great to have made it this far considering what I’ve been doing.”

He and comedian Tommy Chong had both been in danger of going home after Monday night’s performances.

“I was able to dance with one of the best dancers in the world,” Sabato said Monday night, referring to Burke. “She’s a friend of mine a part of my family right now.”

Burke told him, “This had been one of the most memorable seasons for me for so many reasons and it’s just so sad for me to say goodbye. And I just had the most amazing time with you and I’m so proud of you.”

Monday the stars performed in groups for the first time this season. Team Creepy and Team Itsy Bitsy went head to head, with Team Itsy Bitsy emerging the top vote-getter in the match-up.

Seven others stars return Nov. 3 to vie for a spot in the finals and their chance at the mirror ball trophy in the 19th season of the ABC show.

Ella Henderson performed her hit single, “Ghost,” live and Nikki Yanofsky performed her song, “Necessary Evil.”