Buzz Aldrin still "Dancing," Doherty dumped

Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:40am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Astronaut Buzz Aldrin survived to waltz another day on television's "Dancing With the Stars" contest on Tuesday, as "90210" actress Shannen Doherty became the first celebrity to be voted off this season.

Aldrin, 80, the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, was saved by the public vote after having finished bottom with the judges following a stiff foxtrot and despite adding a little moonwalking to his Cha-cha-cha.

An eliminated Doherty, 38, said she had entered the show to please her father, who is a big fan of popular ballroom dancing contest.

"I think that dancing isn't really my thing," she said. "I'm an actor and it's what I love to do. I did this for my dad and I did exactly what I wanted."

Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson was a surprise finisher in the bottom two after a sensual Marilyn Monroe pastiche earlier in the week.

But Anderson just scraped through, along with reality TV mom of eight Kate Gosselin, who was compared to a "Stepford wife" for her wooden jive performance on Monday.

A strong cast has attracted big audiences for the 10th season of the ABC series, which is the second most-watched TV show in the United States after "American Idol" on Fox.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)