Maria Menounos Eliminated From ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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To quote host Tom Bergeron: “No matter who goes home, it’s going to suck.” Indeed.

In what is always the toughest elimination of the season, tonight, Dancing With the Stars had to bid farewell to one more celebrity to make room for next week’s much-anticipated season 14 finale.

This time around, it was TV personality Maria Menounos who was sent home just before reaching the finish line, to the sound of boos coming from the crowd.

With her infections laugh and go-getter attitude, Maria was a fighter throughout the season, oftentimes heating up the ballroom floor with her partner, Derek Hough.

On Monday night specifically, Maria seemed like an inevitable choice for next week’s finale; her first dance — the Argentine Tango — earned a perfect 30 from the judges, while her Jive came close, with a score of 29.

Unfortunately, as so often happens on DWTS, Maria’s perfect skills just weren’t enough to push her through to the end. Instead, we’ll see Katherine Jenkins, William Levy and Donald Driver duke it out for the season 14 Mirrorball Trophy, beginning on Monday.

Despite the tough elimination, Maria kept her composure in her post-elimination interview, and thanked everyone from Derek to the folks at Extra for the experience of being on the show.

Celebuzz recently spoke to Maria, 33, about her post-DWTS plans. Check them out in our video below, then tell us: Did Maria deserve to be sent home? Or should she have been in next week’s finale?