Following the surprising elimination of Joey Fatone the previous week, Dancing with the Stars was dealt two more unanticipated eliminations on Tuesday night when Drew Lachey and Helio Castroneves were sent packing. After winning the show his first time, Lachey was upset by the premature elimination.
"I'm putting on a happy face right now, but inside I'm very disappointed," he said alongside dancing partner Anna Trebunskaya. "It's frustrating. I'm not going to try to hide that...I don't feel like our dance this week should've gotten those scores; I don't feel like we should've left on this dance, but that's the way it is."
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The 98 Degrees singer received a score of 24 (out of 30) on Monday night for his cha-cha, which slotted him at tied for second-last with Kirstie Alley. The second-consecutive recipient of the lowest score, Bristol Palin, was once again saved from elimination, presumably with strong support from fan voting.
While Lachey's position at the bottom of the leader board didn't make his elimination overwhelmingly shocking, Castroneves' position in the middle of the leader board had fans scratching their heads as to why the five dancers who were equally or lower scored weren't eliminated in lieu of the racecar driver.
"When you have a great partner, when you have a great cast, and to be back again five years later, it's impossible to not have fun," said Castroneves, who won Dancing's fifth season. "Right now, I have no regrets."
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With Lachey and Castroneves now joining Fatone and Pam Anderson in the void of eliminated contestants, the tally of men on the show has now shrunken to three, with only Gilles Marini, Emmitt Smith, and Apolo Ohno as the remaining males going into Week 4.
"It's sad," said the week's highest-scoring dancer, Melissa Rycroft. "We know that this is coming week and week again, but it doesn't get any easier. It's just getting quieter and quieter and quieter. Boy, the boys are dropping!"
Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.