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OTRC: Elisabetta Canalis: 'Dancing' was a 'gift'

Elisabetta Canalis talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com after second 'Dancing With The Stars' results show on Sep. 27, 2011.

Elisabetta Canalis says performing on "Dancing With The Stars" was a "gift."

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old Italian actress and model, also known as George Clooney's ex-girlfriend, and partner Val Chmerkovskiy became the second pair to be eliminated from the 13th season of the ABC ballroom dancing show.

"This was a competition so you accept this fact," Canalis told OnTheRedCarpet.com after Tuesday's results show. "It's okay. We are out but for me, it was a gift."

The two earned 21 points out of 30 for their Quickstep on Monday. Their score was not the lowest among the other 11 contestants during Monday's performance episode. Chaz Bono and partner Lacey Swimmer were on the bottom of the leaderboard, earning 17 out of 30 points for their Quickstep (read a recap of the episode).

An OnTheRedCarpet.com poll posted on Monday showed both pairs are the most likely to be eliminated from the ABC ballroom dancing show.

(See photos from Monday's performances episode, as well as photos from Tuesday's results show and video interviews with the cast backstage, updated after every show).

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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