"Dancing With the Stars" has had its share of shocking saves on elimination nights over the years, but alas, funnyman Andy Dick benefit from one. After making valiant efforts for seven weeks, he and pro partner Sharna Burgess were sent home on Tuesday night’s results show.
"I think we were all hoping to be saved, but the odds were against us,” Burgess told TODAY in the post-show press line. “Our scores were just too low."
Having earned only 17 points this week, the Dick's closest competitor on the scoreboard was soap star Ingo Rademacher, who had scored 22. That potentially surmountable gap widened when Rademacher and his pro partner, Kym Johnson, picked up an additional three points in a dance-off.
"The 5 we got from Carrie Ann (Inaba) on Monday really hurt us," Dick lamented to reporters after his ejection. "We’d never gotten one of those before."
Actually, Dick earned a 5 from head judge Len Goodman in the first week of the competition, but since then, his scores had improved -- until Monday night.
"She gave us that 5 compared to what other dancers were doing, not in comparison to our past dances," he said of Inaba's choice.
Dick singled out Inaba on-air for her low grade after he was told to leave. Does he harbor any hard feelings?
"I still love Carrie Ann," he said. "She responded to us the most (in the beginning). But then, in the end, she was the harshest."
The comic actor, who’s waiting for word on whether or not the sitcom pilot he shot for ABC last week will be picked up or not, said it’s going to be difficult giving up his dancing routine.
“Sharna and I are literally like a married couple,” Dick sighed. “It’s going to be weird not seeing her every day.”
Dick and Burgess may not be learning any new dances together, but they are going to see each other. "We wanted one more week," he said. "But I’m still going to be here -- I’ll be sitting in the front row of next week’s show. Otherwise, it’d be like severing myself from my family. Now, I’ll be able to actually watch the dances."
Ironically, one of the dancers whom Dick will be watching next week is Burgess. She’s been tapped by Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd to perform with them in the couple’s upcoming trio dance.
It won’t be the same, however, for Burgess.
"It’s been an amazing roller coaster," she said of her freshman stint as a pro dancer. "Andy and I bonded so much. I’m beyond proud of him. He’s overcome so many personal struggles. For me, it’s a greater honor to have been a part of that than winning a mirror ball trophy could be."