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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Wendy Williams on Her Elimination

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 6th 2011 7:00AM
'DWTS' Season 12 Week 3 Elimination: Wendy WilliamsSurprise eliminations on 'Dancing With the Stars' aren't unusual. And, then, there are weeks in which the obvious contestant gets the boot. That's what happened last night when Wendy Williams, who'd scored a mere 15 points in Week Three, was sent packing.

The talk show diva was the first to admit that she's not a dancer, and her Foxtrot on Monday night proved her point. She earned a mere 15 points, down two points from her Week Two routine.

Williams and her pro partner, Tony Dovolani, spoke to reporters on the post-show press line. TV Squad was on the scene to get the scoop directly from the duo about their thoughts and feelings about being eliminated and their plans for the future.

"[I'm] relieved," Williams exclaimed over her departure. "I'm getting on a jet plane and going back to everything that's near and dear to me that I've neglected personally for this six-week journey. I have a 10-year-old son and any parent knows that 5th grade and being 10 is a child on the brink! I have a 12-year marriage and a talk show that demands my attention, too."

Asked what she'll miss about being on the show, Williams cracked, "Craft services!"

And what will she miss about Dovolani? Williams took a long beat before answering: "Umm ... there are a number of things I'll miss about Tony including him asking me to stand [up] straight as I approach osteoporosis."

Tony Dovolani and Chris JerichoFor Dovolani, leaving the competition means ending a grueling commuting schedule. There were, however, benefits for the Connecticut-based dance pro to traveling back and forth between coasts each week with Williams.

"I got to see my family each week and sleep in my own bed," he says. "That was a humongous positive."

Next, Dovolani will focus his efforts on developing and producing a program for the Golf Channel. "My teachers are trying to help me hit the ball as close to a professional," he says. "My handicap is eight and I'm trying to get to zero. I had a big breakthrough and hit a ball 300 yards. We're filming the show in a few months. It'll probably air in the fall."

And he'll be back to perform on the results show each week, too? "Absolutely," he says. "I love our show."

Williams will be missed by her former castmates.

"We've definitely lost a trooper," says Romeo. "I've been doing Wendy's [radio] show since I was 11 years old. She took my favorite hat from me once and said, 'You're signing this for my little boy.' I was like, 'Damn! That was my favorite hat!' But she was playing my music so I didn't mind."

"Wendy has a bigger-than-life personality," says Anna Trebunskaya. "She and I would sit next to each other when we had our hair done for the show. She takes all of you in. When she hugs you it's so genuine."

Cheryl, Chris, Kirstie and MaksKirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy skipped out on part of the press line, but the Ukrainian pro dancer is expected back next week despite experiencing a spasm in his leg on Monday's performance show, which sent the couple tumbling to the dance floor before they went on to make a valiant comeback.

Mark Ballas scoffed at on-line speculation that his dad, Corky Ballas, would be taking over for Chmerkovskiy as Alley's partner.

"Yeah, right," Ballas says. "My dad's a great teacher. He makes it fun, but I think Maks is doing a great job. He's fine. His leg is okay. Let's put a period on that."

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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I am so happy that Wendy Williams was eliminated. I find her talk show very interesting but her character is sometimes flawed about certain subjects. I'm a new fan to DWTS so I decided to play catch up and go back and watch some of the other episodes. I work and subscribe to DISH Network and using DISHonline.com, I was able to watch more than 30 episodes. I think it's good what the celebrities are doing because it shows just they have more talent beneath what people know them for. I am always recommending that people check out DISH Network and experience a value unseen by any other provider!


April 11 2011 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You know, I don't even watch DWTS, but Bob Sassone wrote an excellent post on spoilers for TVSquad last month that you should really read. Actually it should be required reading for all bloggers here - I mean seriously, eliminated contestant's name in the headline?

April 06 2011 at 7:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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