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'DWTS' blonde gets booted: Kendra or Kane?

May 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Reality star Kendra Wilkinson got a dose of reality Tuesday night: her dancing days are done.

Her performances were noticeably better over time during seven-week stint on "Dancing With The Stars," but it wasn't enough to stay in the game.

Wilkinson said she feels like she ended on a high note. She earned praise from the judges on Monday's episode for a Tango that one called "nothing but sophistication, elegance, and confidence," but viewers failed to keep the former Playboy model in the contest.

"We ended on my best ballroom dance ever, so, I felt amazing. I felt great. I felt pretty," she said. "I did the best I could, but it's the way it goes."

Wilkinson's partner, Louis Van Amstel, said she takes away something besides just learning how to dance.

"We accomplished exactly what we wanted to do and that's not just creating dances," Van Amstel said. "It's really an opportunity to feel good about who you are within."

Wilkinson's husband, pro football player Hank Baskett, saw all the hard work over the past several weeks.

"Not too many people can be around Kendra all day every day, and I told him he had his hands full," Baskett said.

"I'm glad it came out of your mouth," Van Amstel quipped.

After learning of her elimination, Wilkinson thanked Van Amstel and her husband for their support. She also promised her baby son she would be home to be with him.

"Baby Hank, I'm coming home for you," Wilkinson said. "I'm not the best dancer, but I am the best mom."

With Wilkinson gone, five stars and their partners remain and were already looking ahead to what's next.

"I know what my strong suits are and I know what my weak suits are and I need to be consistent," Kirstie Alley said. "I need to deliver for the fans."

Each remaining couple will have to perform two dances next week.

"I feel this is our chance to show the world that we're here and we're going to make some magic," said Romeo.

Performances on Tuesday night included Nicki Minaj with her hit "Moment 4 Life," James Blunt sang his new single "I'll Be Your Man" and Wayne Brady sang a medley of James Brown hits to honor what would have been the Godfather of Soul's 78th birthday.

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