Nemcova made it further in the dance competition than any supermodel before her, and said she owes her success to Chaplin's teachings.
Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Petra Leaves the Show Happy; Kirstie Says Maks Is 'Sex on a Stick'
The ousting proves that this season of the show is the most unpredictable. Nemcova recently topped the leader board, but after slipping to a three-way tie for last place this week she became vulnerable. After failing to gain enough votes to remain in the game, she and Chaplin learned their time on the show had come to an end.
Traditionally, models haven't fared well on 'DWTS.' Albert Reed was voted off early in season 5. Joanna Krupa, who arguably should have won season 9, was cut during the semifinals. Nemcova proved she's just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, however, in her post-show interview in which she and Chaplin reflected on their time on the show and the duo's plans for the future.
If there's a sliver lining to their exit it's that they're not likely to find any embarrassing rehearsal footage of themselves in future video packages in the way Chelsie Hightower, Hines Ward and Maksim Chmerkovskiy did on Tuesday's results show.
This week was a tough one, as one of the early front-runners continued to struggle and even tied for the lowest judges' marks of the week. But it was a three-way tie between Ralph Macchio, Petra Nemcova and Kendra Wilkinson. With 22 points for each of them, Kirstie Alley was only one point higher, which meant that the popular vote from America was more important than ever.
Would Kendra finally pay for getting consistently lower marks, or would America turn on Kirstie just as she achieved an error-free performance? Both Petra and Ralph have had the highest marks in previous weeks. Would that be enough to get them a pass?
Chmerkovskiy further clarified the blunder on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), claiming that he suffered from a leg cramp. "It was ... like a charley horse. You know, it just gave out," he said.
The decisions that the stars and dancers made yielded some interesting results: Hines Ward and Petra Nemcova tied for first place, taking the top position from previous front-runner Ralph Macchio.
But the most dramatic moment of last night's performance was when Maksim Chmerkovskiy suffered a spasm in his thigh, which sent him and partner Kirstie Alley to the dance floor, shortly after they began their dance.
The Ukrainian-born ballroom bad boy and comedic actress extraordinaire quickly composed themselves, however, and resumed their rumba to 'Over the Rainbow,' earning applause from the audience and classy comments from the judges, who praised them for their inspiring comeback.
After the show, the stars and their pro dance partners reflected on the highs and lows of the evening. TV Squad was on the scene to get the scoop.
His pro partner, Lacey Schwimmer, who went all the way to the finals last season, now finds herself as the first dancer to exit the show. On the plus side, the dancer/singer got to meet Britney Spears last night since she was a guest on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' (Ejected stars and dancers are invited to appear on the late-night talk show the night that they're voted off the program.)
Before the couple headed to Hollywood to appear on Kimmel's show, they chatted with TV Squad on the post-show press line to talk about their 'DWTS' experience and plans for the future -- specifically, would Catherwood be the new 'Bachelor' on ABC?
"I have the lowest fan base and lowest score," Catherwood told TV Squad on the post-show press line last night. "If anything keeps us on the show beyond this week we'll have to do things differently. It can't be just, 'Oh, I'll try harder.' We'll have to go back to the drawing board and break it down."
If Catherwood manages to avoid being sent home during tonight's elimination show he'll have Schwimmer to thank. She brings her own fan following, not just from 'DWTS,' but also from 'So You Think You Can Dance' on which she appeared from 2007–08.
Petra Nemcova's boyfriend was killed in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Nemcova herself sustained internal injuries and a shattered pelvis. Given that, the Czech model no doubt understands better than most the plight of those suffering from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), the 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant expressed sympathy for victims in Japan and opened up on her own personal tragedy.
The star of 'The Karate Kid' and his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, performed a Foxtrot that judge Len Goodman called the best one of the night.
Macchio's an actor; did that play a role in how successfully he embraced his part on the dance floor?
"Yes. Dancing is like acting only you use your body," said Smirnoff. "It allows him tap into the character so much better."
"[Acting] is less painful," joked Macchio. "Less painful."
Several celebrities seemed to suffering from a case of nerves. Kendra Wilkinson, in particular, said she was battling stage fright. "I swear, if I make eye contact with one person in the audience, I will just freeze and just stop," she said.
2004 Tsunami Survivor Petra Nemcova Recalls the 'Unconditional Love' Displayed During The Disaster (VIDEO)
Nemcova is still haunted by what happened seven years ago. But, as she told 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), she was also able to take from the tragedy some positive observations about the goodness of human beings -- which she believes will apply to the the unfolding tragedy in Japan.
"One thing that I've seen, personally, amongst a disaster is there was so much unconditional love around people being ready to sacrifice their own lives for others, for strangers, and the whole world coming together and giving so much love," she told Morgan. "That's something amazing and very positive."
According to TMZ, Sheen's live show -- he's going the route of Conan O'Brien -- sold out in 18 minutes. Yes, 18 minutes, a TicketMaster record.
Sheen announced on his official site that the $1 from every ticket sale will go to help those in Japan who have been affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunamis. The actor is also selling T-shirts adorned with the phrase "Duh, winning."
In other Sheen news, '30 Rock' star Alec Baldwin took to his Huffington Post blog to tell the troubled actor that he "can't win" in his fight with the studios. However, he did offer this advice: "But you know what you should do? Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck. Go on Letterman and make an apology."
On March 20, TLC plans to air a special about the actor.
In other TV news ...
• Petra Nemcova almost quit 'Dancing With the Stars' to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Nemcova was a victim of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, her pelvis left shattered. [NY Post]
• Paget Brewster will star in NBC's 'My Life as an Experiment' pilot. The comedy is produced by Jack Black and based on the book 'Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment.' Brewster will play Stacie, the lawyer wife to the magazine journalist main character. If the pilot does not go to series, Brewster could return to 'Criminal Minds.' [TVLine]
• Fox's dinosaur/time-travel drama 'Terra Nova' has been pushed back, again. The Steven Spielberg-produced series was set to air a preview following 'American Idol' in May, however due to unfinished special effects the series will make its debut in the fall. [Entertainment Weekly]
The rumors we reported earlier came true: 'Cheers' star Kirstie Alley and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson were both on the official roster. And while Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't end up joining 'DWTS' (and neither did Joy Behar, despite our wish list), pro wrestler Chris Jericho and talk show host Wendy Williams will be among the celebrities shaking their hips.
Two of the bigger names on the cast are actors who broke out in the '80s -- Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio. Can the 'Cheers' star and the 'Karate Kid' have a shot at following in the foosteps of Jennifer Grey, who starred in the classic 'Dirty Dancing'?
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