Dancer Louis van Amstel always reminds me that Dancing With The Stars is about more than the dancing and last night's elimination proved him right again. Country singer Chuck Wicks and his real-life girlfriend Julianne Hough were eliminated on a week when contestant Melissa Rycroft had the lowest scores and couldn't perform because of injury. Blog and message board posters are abuzz this morning about whether this elimination was fair, but I keep thinking about what Louis says: it's important for the celebrities to develop a DWTS following, to let their personalities come through to attract a base of fans who will vote to keep them on. Fan votes must have helped Rycroft, who is paired with the very likable Tony Dovolani and Ty Murray, the rodeo champ paired with Chelsie Hightower, in the running for the mirror ball trophy. Don't cry for Chuck and Julianne, however. She's now a successful country singer too, so the duo is heading back to a life they love and while Chuck says they'll probably still dance, it won't be ballroom.
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