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The eliminations have begun on season 14 of Dancing with the Stars, and one unlucky couple was the first to get booted out of the ballroom on Tuesday night. The four contestants with the lowest combined scores were tennis icon Martina Navratilova, actress Melissa Gilbert, singer Gavin DeGraw and R&B legend Gladys Knight.
But in the end, one couple had to go. And the first to pack up their dancing shoes were Navratilova and her pro Tony Dovolani, whose out-of-sync jive had earned a disastrous 17 on Monday night. Their total for both weeks was only 37, putting them in last place with their scores.
"It was an amazing experience. I just wish it could have lasted longer. I'd give anything I had, but I blew it yesterday and it cost me, unfortunately," the 55-year-old tennis champ said. "I wish everybody great luck."
Joining her in the bottom two was DeGraw, whose partner is last season's winner Karina Smirnoff. When DeGraw was spared for the week, he immediately hugged Navratilova and told her: "It was an honor to be on the stage with you."
Smirnoff, the defending DWTS champion, had written for her blog at People that the two of them would have to "step it up" to recover from the first week, but their sophomore effort wasn't the kind of improvement either had hoped.
DeGraw told host Tom Bergeron that going forward his strategy for the competition is to "improve about five points out of 10."
Watch Martina and Tony's second (and final) dance!