'Dancing With the Stars' Week 4: The Party's Over for ...
SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 4 of "Dancing With the Stars."
It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to — or, she'll just leave us with another inspiring message. This week's "Dancing With the Stars" featured the most heartbreaking elimination of the season yet, as Valerie Harper's inspiring turn in the ballroom came to an end.
"I'm here for the party and as long as I can participate fairly, I'm willing to keep on keepin' on," Harper said before her dance, a Viennese waltz with pro partner Tristan MacManus. But while the judges agreed she painted some really pretty pictures this week, Carrie Ann Inaba said, "Some beautiful moments, but the mistakes really stood out."
Harper's score of 18 points, coupled with last week's audience vote, wasn't enough to save her.
Check out Harper's dance from last week:
The 74-year-old TV legend was a fan favorite, signing on to the show in spite of (or perhaps because of) a terminal cancer diagnosis.
On premiere night, the former Broadway dancer inspired viewers with her positive attitude: "It's good to be alive and it's even better to be dancing!" she declared.
Her first dance on the show — an elegant foxtrot with Tristan MacManus — even earned a standing ovation from the audience. (And a respectable 21 points from the judges.) Unfortunately, her dances went downhill from there. Harper's Week 2 paso doble garnered mixed reviews, with Inaba telling the star she seemed a little lost: "I feel that you forgot about a third of your routine in the middle." Last week's cha cha was riddled with mistakes, scoring a mere 16 points.
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Ironically, this week's dance may have been her most inspiring. Harper called the song for her Viennese waltz ("Carry On" by Fun.) the "musical equivalent to the message I'm trying to give. Because I got bad news but I'm trying to carry on."
After her elimination was announced, Harper said, "It has been absolutely wonderful, completely unique, like nothing else in the world. An opportunity for me to carry a message to folks — not just with cancer or whatever they have but whatever challenges. It's really a great thing to get out and dance!"
MacManus added, "Sometimes you get very lucky to do well with your partner and sometimes you get very lucky in your life to meet someone who can affect them more than this could at all. And I feel like I've been very lucky to get that. And I feel like maybe my life's a little bit better since I met Valerie Harper."