With five weeks of competition behind them, funnyman David Alan Grier, and his partner, Kym Johnson, punched their final dance card on last night’s episode of Dancing With the Stars. After finding themselves in the bottom two, along with Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska, the couple danced off against their competition and received a 24 for their Viennese waltz (two points better than the previous night). But it wasn’t enough to save them after the judges’ scores, combined with viewer votes, placed L.T. and Edyta above them. “It’s okay,” David told In Touch after being eliminated. “It’s about who dances the best and I understand that.” Last night’s show also saw engaged couple Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dance to “At Last,” performed by the legendary Etta James, a dream come true for Karina. The night also proved a high for Maksim, whose ballroom choreography was featured in a guest performance by the dance troupe Le Reve, currently appearing at Las Vegas’ Wynn hotel. “It’s the first time they have incorporated ballroom dance into their aquatic show,” Maksim tells In Touch adding, “I am so proud to be a part of it and the show is doing so well. I thought they did a great job tonight.”
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David Allen Grier and Kym Johnson
Eliminated: April 7
“I did not think I would be sweating blood everyday.”
How are you feeling about being eliminated?
David: It’s okay. Tony Dovolani actually saved me tonight. He stopped me and said “you are really into this? It’s a dance show not the Olympics!” If I’m not having fun no one is going to have fun watching me. I did catch myself at a gas station a few weeks ago going, ‘How am I doing? The scores are nuts!’ You have to have fun and Tony really helped me though tonight.
Did you enjoy the experience overall?
David: I had a ball but did not think it would be this crazy. I have the highest respect for the professionals and what they do. I tried to show that every week and dancing is hard! You get paid less than everyone and you never get famous.
Kym: It’s true. We are lucky working on this show but all these dancers on Broadway are the best at what they do David: I really didn’t want to come in and be the clown and comedy guy and really tried to respect the process.
So with no money to be made, dancing is not in your future?
David: Well I perform on stage and do musicals, but don’t consider myself a dancer, I just move a little.
What did you learn about yourself during the show?
David: Well here’s the deal, it wasn’t just about me it was Kim too. In the most frustrating moments there was laughter and tears – I am telling you. I kept telling Kim, ‘I am visiting, you live here, is this the way it always is?’ But it was both of us. I didn’t think this show would challenge me the way it did, I really thought it’s be two step, two step, drink some champagne and hang out with hot chicks. I did not think I would be sweating blood everyday.
Kym: And loosing 28 pounds!
So that was the final weigh in?
David: It was 22 pounds and then 26 and finally 28 pounds.
Kym: After the Lindy Hop!
David: Oh that Lindy Hop, I almost took out a kidney. Oh my gosh, it was incredible.
What will you miss most about the show?
David: I’m going to miss the fact that I can’t tell my wife I am going to dance with a really beautiful woman. I never got a rise out of her the whole time. I told her there were a lot of hook-ups on the show and she was like whatever. It was awesome. She just wanted me home at five with a paycheck.
Kym: I’ll miss so much about David. We had fun in rehearsals and we won’t get to hang out.
David: But it’s all good- it’s about who dances the best and I understand that. That is the show I signed up for and I take it.
Kym: But I’ll be back doing group dances, and we’ll both be back for the finale.