She had some of the season's most memorable routines and memorable comments, including having a "bionic booty" and being called a "tramp," but rapper Lil’ Kim could not escape elimination on the May 5 episode of Dancing With the Stars. The waltz and salsa she performed on Monday's show (with partner Derek Hough) received the same scores as her fellow bottom-two entrants — Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower — but viewer votes saved the latter couple. “It’s okay,” Lil’ Kim told In Touch after the show. The prior week had also been hectic, as Kim reveals, and may have played a hand in the results.
“We lost all of Saturday because Derek had a performance and we had a photo shoot at 6 a.m.,” she explains. “So the only time we got to rehearse was at staging from 9 to 11. Two hours! We both knew that couldn’t work for us.”
Things will definitely heat up next week, as the show enters the semifinals and the final four couples battle for the mirror-ball trophy.
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Dancing With the Stars
Lil' Kim and Derek Hough
Voted off: May 5
Everyone is so shocked you were voted off.
Kim: It’s okay. I’m okay. I’d love to still be here — and who wouldn’t — as I’d like to win, but at the same time I still have my other life and will get to do everything else I used to do. So there are mixed emotions, I guess.
And Bruno calling you a “tramp” on air — were you mad?
Kim: I know! But I think it proved how much of a lady I was in the way I handled it. At the end of the day, I still love Bruno and think it just came out wrong. He meant it as a compliment, in a way. If he had said I was more comfortable being sexy, everyone would have understood that. But a "tramp" is kind of harsh! It was harsh. But it’s all good.
What are you going to miss most about the show?
Kim: I’m going to miss my partner, Derek.
Derek: I’m going nowhere, baby! I have to tell you (and don’t tell anyone), she is my favorite partne. Oh, now I am going to get in trouble for that. Okay, one of my favorites. In the competition, I have done stuff for me as well, but this season it was for her, as I really wanted to her to do well. She deserves everything she has gotten. No matter where we finished, she has proven herself so much. She has had some of the most memorable routines. Hey, it’s a week off, and we are back for the finale.
Kim: Exactly, we can have a vacation.
What do you have coming up next?
Kim: I’m working on a book. It’s called the Price of Loyalty and is about my time in prison and what I learned and went through. We tend to not think about things until it happens to you, but you really have to pay attention. It should be a very informative book, motivational, and for people who have been in all situations give a bright outlook on life. Hopefully, it will be out the end of the year. And we are still working on tracks for my new album. I’d done about 11 prior to the show, but I haven’t been able to get in the studio with the producers that I really want to work with right now. I just want the perfect song, so hopefully I’ll be releasing something new soon.
Would you consider doing Broadway?
Kim: That’s funny — I was offered the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago before this show, but the timing wasn’t right. I did the workshop but didn’t get a chance to finish anything. Then this show came along and … It’s a lot of hard work, too.
Well, now with all your dancing — hello? You are ready and already warmed up now.
Will you keep dancing?
Kim: I will. Derek and I and Karina [Smirnoff] — because she is my favorite female dancer — we have talked about them coming out and choreographing and incorporating some moves into my show. I think that would be amazing and different.
Derek: Well, nothing changes for me, man, I still have shows with the Ballas Hough Band and have some time to do some other things now. As well as editing the new version of a video we have on YouTube with the whole Dancing With the Stars cast.