With two eliminations and a dance-off, which saw two couples dancing for survival, it was anyone's guess as to who would be punching their dance card for the final time on Tuesday's episode of Dancing With The Stars. However, viewers didn't have to wait long to learn that Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas would not be participating in the dance-off since they were eliminated from the competition. "I am a little surprised," Melissa told In Touch after the show. With one couple down, the remaining bottom two couples were forced to battle it out. Sadly. Louie Vito and his partner Chelsie Hightower's energetic Jive didn't wow the judges and they were sent packing.
"Ah, I've seen better days," admitted Louie after the show. "I wanted to please the judges, but it's a lot harder to please those three people than the fans who vote for you every single week."
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Were you expecting to be eliminated tonight?
Melissa: I am a little surprised. But you never know with these things. I was hoping they would save us.
Mark: I thought we were going to be in the dance-off. I feel like if we had done the dance, she would have pulled through because we really worked hard on this number. It was right up there with the Charleston for me.
Melissa: It was our salsa. My whole goal was to get to week seven. It was probably around week three that I found out what the quickstep was and I wanted to do it and that's what we were going to do next week.
So dancing is in your future?
Melissa: I hope so. There are two things I'd like to take away from this experience - good posture and a new hobby.
Will you be teaching you husband to dance?
Melissa: No, not at all.
Were your kids watching and copying the dances?
Melissa: There's actually a clip on my web site of my son and my best friend's little girl doing our waltz from our first night. That was huge and really cool.
Mark: It's really cute and always really sweet when you know that kids are checking our dances out and getting inspired. It's just great to have more people get into the sport. Her son is really cute and they did a really cute waltz.
What is next for you?
Melissa: After the finale I'm going to be doing a pilot for ABC Family with Joey Lawrence, so hopefully that'll become a series. It's a hard show to describe. I play a bad girl politician whose sister goes to jail, so she is left to raise the kids and Joey is hired as a nanny. It's really smart and funny.
Could Mark guest star?
Melissa: I hope so, with Joey doing Dancing with the Stars... Now I've done it...
Mark: I could go in there and rock it. I did theater for 10 years.
Melissa: He is a great actor. I've seen him.
Sorry we have to say goodbye to you two. But at least you got to do the dance-off and not get eliminated straight away.
Louie: But I don't know which would have been worse. I hate losing. So losing after going head-to-head with somebody would have been worse. I'm just happy that our fans kept us in this long.
What will you take away from this experience?
Louie: Every week there's a new dance and a new challenge and you're doing something completely different, something you never dreamed about doing. That's such a rewarding feeling.
Chelsie: I am really proud of him and that he came out here every Monday night, always prepared. He did the best that he could do.
Will you keep dancing?
Louie: I have to go right into snowboarding, I have trials coming up. So I go from the ballroom world back to my lovely world of snowboarding, where I have zero posture and loose-fitting clothes!
Will we see you on the slopes soon Chelsie?
Chelsie: I made him promise to teach me, but I'm sure it won't last for more than an hour because he'll get frustrated.
Louie: Oh, no! She will be going for hours because I have been going for hours. She has really bad snowboarding posture so we have a lot of work to do!
What did you learn from working with each other?
Chelsie: I think we learned a lot from having to deal with each other's differences. We are a lot of the same person and in other ways there are a lot of differences and those differences really clashed. It was a challenge working with each other - there was a lot of frustration! But at the same time there were a lot of positives. We have a great relationship, and I learned a lot as a teacher by throwing myself into teaching someone that is so different from anyone I have taught before. It was a challenge, but a good experience.
Louie: It was tough as I am from a world where I am not used to being told what to do. So dealing with nerves and frustrations and not knowing how to deal with those... Yeah we may have bickered here and there, but in the long run you can take away a lot from the experience. Now I can look back at the mistakes I made, all the good things I did, and apply those to the rest of my life.