UPDATE: The producers decided to go with a double elimination this week, in light of the departure of Tom DeLay, due to injury.
Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated. And, as expected, Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke will be leaving the show. Doctors advised Delay to leave due to stress fractures in both his feet.
I can’t say I’m sorry to see DeLay leave. But he should have bowed out yesterday, before viewers wasted time voting for him. Ugh.
According to press reports, Tom DeLay will announce that he’s dropping out of the competition on tonight’s results show.
Former Republican congressman and current ‘Star’ Tom DeLay will announce his departure from season 9 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on tonight’s 9 p.m. results show, according to E!’s Malkin and People. Stress fractures in both of DeLay’s feet had recently turned serious enough for the show’s producers and medical staff to advise him not to perform in Monday night’s show; DeLay danced the samba with a sparkly elephant on the back of his jacket anyway. An ABC rep declined to comment to EW.
There’s no word yet how the producers are planning to handle DeLay’s departure. There might be no elimination this week, or the producers could turn this week into one of the planned double elimination shows. I’ll update this post when I know more.