'Dancing with the Stars': Was Melissa Gilbert Eliminated on Her Birthday?

Just one week before the semifinals, Dancing with the Stars had to send two contestants off the ballroom. Unfortunately, with the competition down to six couples (separated by only six points), the results show was ripe for a shocker or two.

Despite the near perfect dance Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower pulled off on Monday night, they were the first couple eliminated on Tuesday night.

"I'm definitely very happy that I can add ballroom dancing to my super-duper dance moves," the Disney star told co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet.

"I'm so proud of you," his partner Chelsie said. "He was such a joy to work with and came to work everyday willing to work and with such a great attitude ... I'm happy to end it on a high note and I'm happy I had you as my partner."

Later in the night, it was down to Melissa Gilbert and Katherine Jenkins -- quite the surprise considering how often the Welsh singer has led the leaderboard.

But in the end, it was Melissa and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy who were the second dancers booted from the ballroom.

"I can't even describe what a learning and growing experience it's been. It's been a real blessing and a joy," said the actress, who was coincidentally celebrating her 48th birthday Tuesday night.

"I'm amazed that I even made it this far, and the things that I was able to do and the things that were able to overcome to have been here on this day, does make it a really incredible birthday," she added.

Gilbert then gushed about her partner: "Maks has been amazing, an incredible teacher, an incredible friend."

Next week's semi-finals will feature Donald Driver, Katherine Jenkins, William Levy, Maria Menounos and their professional partners.

Watch Melissa and Maks' final dance!

 

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