LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Reality TV mom-of-eight Kate Gosselin was finally voted off “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday after five weeks of arguments with her partner and harsh criticism of her robotic style.
Gosselin had scored just 15 out of 30 possible marks for a stiff foxtrot this week to “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” -- a performance that judge Bruno Tolini described as “catatonic” and more deserving of a post-mortem than a serious critique.
But after being saved by the public several times, the viewer vote this week put the former nurse bottom of the pile.
You are one tough cookie and you are no quitter,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told a tearful Gosselin.
“Thank you for believing in me, probably more than I believed in myself,” Gosselin told the voters, apologizing for being a “cry baby”.
Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson just scraped through for another week after finishing in the bottom two again.
Gosselin, 35, who found fame as the mother of sextuplets and twins on the TLC cable reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8”, has been a strong draw for the ABC TV show, which pairs celebrities with professionals in ballroom dance routines.
The Gosselins became tabloid celebrities last summer when they went through a bitter divorce while filming the show about their family life, and fought publicly over money and custody of their children.
On “Dancing With the Stars”, Gosselin showed little natural talent for fancy footwork and argued repeatedly with her professional dancing partner Tony Dovolani, who at one point threatened to quit the show.
“Dancing With the Stars”, now in its 10th season, is the second most-watched TV show in the United States with about 20 million viewers.
Celebrities still in with a chance to win include ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews, Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant