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Nancy Grace Eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- It was a fall from grace for Nancy Grace on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

She and her partner, first-time Dancing with the Stars pro Tristan MacManus, were eliminated from the competition after dropping to the bottom of the leader board in two consecutive weeks.

After the results were announced, Grace credited MacManus for their run on the show, saying, "It's been all Tristan from the get-go."

On Monday's performance show, Grace performed a tango and an instant jive, the latter of which led judge Len Goodman to compare her to Cinderella before saying, "It's midnight and it's time to go home."

Four celebrities will return to the ballroom for next week's semifinals round: J.R. Martinez, Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and Hope Solo.

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James Durbin Eliminated; Three Remain on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- "Believin" wasn't enough for James Durbin, who was eliminated from American Idol Thursday night.

"I did so much stuff that's never been done on this show before," he said.

Wiping away tears, the rocker from California said he had hoped to get to the final three but was thankful for the experience.

"I did what I came here to give metal a chance," Durbin said.

On Wednesday, Durbin sang Journey's Don't Stop Believin' and The Clovers' Love Potion No. 9.

Thursday's elimination show included live performances by Enrique Iglesias and season seven champ Jordin Sparks, and a screening of Idol judge Steven Tyler's music video.

This week was a particularly action-packed one for the American Idol gang, with Lady Gaga pushing the envelope and amping up everyone on the show.

Her Wednesday visit and mentoring sessions were designed to give the final four contestants "senses of inspiration and confidence."  For Durbin, that meant putting her hands on his hips and cooing, "When you move those hips, it makes you sexy."

"To sum it for me, it was awkward," Durbin told The Hollywood Reporter about his moment with Gaga. "It was unexpected and very uncomfortable. I warned [my girlfriend] first. She didn't like it. Only on Idol."

The stakes are high for the remaining three contestants -- Scotty McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina -- ahead of next week's hometown visits.

This week, the remaining contestants battled it out by chosing songs that inspire them, along with songs by the lyricist Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller.

Ahead of Thursday's elimination, they talked with The Hollywood Reporter about their feelings at this late stage of the competition:

"I'm not gonna crack," Reinhart said about the criticism she's received from judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. "As much as they might try to or want me to, I wont. I think they know I can be very strong willed and that's why they give it to me. They don't hold back from me, they never have, never will."

Alaina reflected on how she's refined her voice through American Idol, saying, "I used to sing in the same key all the time and now because I'm up against amazing people, I gotta do something different, so I've been trying to sing high notes."

McCreery said though he's had a blast during the competition, he can't wait to go home. "Every face I see in L.A. is a stranger to me, so I'm looking forward to getting home and seeing people I grew up with my whole life," he said. "Let me tell you, I'm gonna be crying when I get off that airplane."

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Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Voted Off 'Dancing with the Stars' 

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Romeo and Chelsie Hightower were one of the favorite couples on Dancing With the Stars this season, but they just missed their chance at being in the final four when they were eliminated on Tuesday's results show.

"I'm not surprised because the competition in here, it could be anybody could go at any time. But we went out with a bang," Romeo said after the results were announced. "This show has changed my life forever. I was terrified of dancing. I didn't dance at my own prom. I turned down a lot of movies because I was terrified of dancing ... I think I showed kids anything is possible if you try."

Throughout the season, judges had praised Romeo's dramatic improvement and commitment to the routines, and the actor and entertainer had received impressive scores.

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'Dancing with the Stars': Chris Jericho Voted Off

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- WWE star Chris Jericho and partner Cheryl Burke were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after receiving the lowest overall combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.  The couple was at the bottom of the pack going into the results show after a tango Monday night that Judge Bruno Tonioli described as clumsy.

After getting the bad news, Jericho admitted to co-host Brooke Burke that Monday’s tango wasn’t his best effort, but he said he was proud of all the dances they did and also proud to show that “a WWE guy and rock and roll singer can go this far and do this.” Noting that Dancing with the Stars requires a tremendous amount of effort and time, Jericho said he’s looking forward to getting back with his kids because he hasn’t seen them in four weeks.

The results show also featured musical performances by NKOTBSB and ousted American Idol singer Pia Toscano.  The New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys performed their single Don’t Turn Out the Lights and a two-song medley of their hits Step by Step and I Want It That Way.

Pia Toscano sang I’ll Stand by You while her rumored “close friend,” Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas, danced with Karina Smirnoff.  After her performance, host Tom Bergeron asked Toscano how she could be voted off American Idol.  She was diplomatic in her reply, saying everything happens for a reason and she is “in a good place now.”  Bergeron didn’t press Toscano on rumors she was dating Ballas -- he simply asked the singer if Ballas was a good kisser.  Toscano replied that the dancer was “a wonderful person.”

The show’s Macy’s Stars of Dance troupe paid tribute to Britain’s upcoming royal wedding with a performance of a couple’s fairytale love story through the ages.

Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff survived to dance another day, despite Smirnoff tripping over the actor’s cape during their performance Monday night.  Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is now calling the area of the floor where Karina fell the "Dancing With the Stars' triangle” -- as in Bermuda Triangle.  Maks told the four square feet of ballroom floor is the same spot where he fell with partner Kirstie Alley, and where former contestant Misty May-Treanor, the Olympic volleyball player, ruptured her Achilles tendon during season seven.  Maks said his fellow dancing pro, Derek Hough, also fell in the same spot and suffered a concussion.

Preceding the results show, ABC broadcast a one-hour live special entitled Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals.  The special featured the judges and past contestants critiquing this season’s stars and their ballroom performances.  Hanson appeared for a second consecutive night and performed their new song Give a Little, and former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and his cast mates from the Broadway musical Rock of Ages also performed a special medley of 80’s songs on the special.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Ashthon Jones Eliminated from 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashthon Jones got the boot on American Idol Thursday night, leaving 12 contestants in the competition.

Jones sang Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" for the judges, who decided not to use their one save of the season to keep her from elimination.  Karen Rodriguez and Haley Reinhart were in the bottom three with Jones, but they'll be back next week.

Casey Abrams was sick and in the hospital during Thursday night's show, so he didn't take part in the group tribute to Michael Jackson.  The other 12 contestants worked their way through "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Rock with You," "Black or White" and "Man in the Mirror."

American Idol alum Adam Lambert returned to the stage that made him famous to sing a stripped-down version of his song "Aftermath."  Lambert also talked about the remix of that song he's put out to benefit The Trevor Project organization.

In addition, Diddy-Dirty Money performed their platinum single "Coming Home," featuring Skylar Grey. 

American Idol's
top 12 will perform next Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on Fox.

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