Maria Menounos Eliminated From 'Dancing With the Stars'

MARIA MENOUNOS, DEREK HOUGH
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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?

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    free healthcare

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  • domi
    domi

    you must not be a very good ballroom dancer if you cant see that Maria was an amazing dancer -- she owned it!

  • jen
    jen

    I think.....that people take this way too personally.

  • PAT
    PAT

    THAT IS A BUNCH OF CRAP. THIS SHOW IS ONLY A POPULARITY CONTEST AND THE JUDGES ARE ONLY FOR A FEW LAUGHS.....THEY SHOULD BE VOTED OFF! MARIA AND DEREK WERE THE BEST!

  • Doreen Iorio Porzio
    Doreen Iorio Porzio

    Yeah & that's why she got 10's!! Maria was an excellent dancer & she was also the most improved dancer as well!! Are you people watching the same show as I am!?! As far as her being arrogant, she has been the sweetest person and so happy when she gets her scores!! Seems to me, you have a personal vendetta against her or just plain jealous!! Maria deserved to go to the finals and even WIN!! For the record, she does have rythm!! I think that people felt bad for Katherine Jenkins because she hurt her back! Also I think that Donald Driver should've been the one to go home! Certainly not MARIA!!!! HEARTBREAKING!!! All the Blood,Sweat & Tears that she has gone through! ....What a Big Mistake!! They both won as far as I'm concerned!! Very Proud of them Both!! :))

  • Professional Ballroom Dancer
    Professional Ballroom Dancer

    Correction she wasnt in the right place, she just didn't dance, she just moved around lol .

  • Professional Ballroom Dancer
    Professional Ballroom Dancer

    maria deserved to go home tonight, she has no rhythem and derek choreography seems like he's dancing and she's just in the right place. maria was also very arrogant and she was worst out of the top 4.