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    Posted: 04 Nov 2014 at 13:56

'I'm sad I have to go': NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip lapped to finish line in emotional Dancing With The Stars exit

By MailOnline Reporter

Published: 06:59, 4 November 2014 | Updated: 10:01, 4 November 2014

He's the race car legend who never really threatened to make it into pole position on the dance floor.

Despite becoming a fan favourite on Dancing With The Stars, NASCAR champ Michael Waltrip was forced to make a permanent pit stop on the dancing competition show on Monday as the latest contestant to be eliminated.

Although he won over viewers with his dry humour and gentle personality, Waltrip was almost a permanent fixture at the bottom of the leaderboard and clearly struggled to find his feet.


Sad to go: Emma Slater hugged Michael Waltrip after as co-hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron looked on after he was eliminated from Dancing With The Stars 


Sent home: Michael Waltrip was eliminated on Monday night's episode of Dancing With The Stars

And after yet another week of finishing last - and being easily beaten by Tommy Chong in a dance-off - Waltrip was easily lapped and finally sent home.

He departed with a heartfelt speech about what the show has done for him that included plenty of praise for his British professional dance partner Emma Slater.

'It was a chance to do something that was more emotional than it was physical,' Michael said after getting the news, his eyes already looking red.

'To get to experience the wonderful cast, the folks that we danced with.

'And to get to know Emma's heart and who she is as a person - I just grew so much emotionally, and I'm a better person because of my tenure here.

'I'm happy that I got to be here - and I'm sad I have to go,' Waltrip said.


Good sport: Michael praised his British professional dance partner Emma Slater during his departure speech

Emma was equally as moved, resting her head tenderly against the race car driver as they accepted their time was finally up.

'He's made me a better person,' the dance pro insisted. 'You meet these people and they have the biggest heart and you want to be like that.

'He's touched me in a way that I'll be a better person for the rest of my life.'

Turning to him, she added: 'And I want to thank you for that.'

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Mixed emotions: Witney Carson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Leah Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev listened to Michael's farewell address

It had seemed his favor with viewers must have finally run its course as he once again came bottom, getting a total of 25 out of 40.

Tommy Chong, the next lowest with 26, fared even better after getting three bonus points after all four judges and the viewers all chose him the winner of their dance off.

Julianne Hough summed up Michael's night - and perhaps his season - as she said his dance off was 'uncomfortable' to watch.

'You might have done more steps, Michael, but they were more messy steps,' she told him of his final dance, a short rumba.


The judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli weighed in on the dances

For his main dance, he and Emma dressed as Tarzan and Jane for the Dynamic Duos theme night, and had rapturous applause and even whistles from the crowd after their foxtrot.

'Look at all these people supporting you out there, Michael - obviously you're doing something right,' Julianne told him.

'As a human being I watch you and I'm so proud of you,' Carrie Ann Inaba told him. 'But the truth is, at week eight we do have higher expectations. It's just not up to the level of everyone else.'


Mutual admiration: Emma and Michael had kind words for each other after he was sent home


Trying their best: The couple twirled around the dance floor but to no avail 

After the judges comments he appeared to have tears in his eyes over feeling 'so much pressure' and admitted: 'I'm not a dancer and some times it looks a little messy.'

But he added: 'But I'm dancing with my heart and having fun and I hope the people at home are smiling and enjoying what Emma and I are doing.'

Although comedian Tommy Chong only scored a point better in his main dance, a paso double to Ring Of Fire while dressed as Johnny Cash, it was all the more remarkable given that he injured his calf in rehearsals - and then re-injured it during the dance itself.


Fan favourite: Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd persevered despite Tommy's calf injury


Having fun: Peta and Tommy enjoyed a laugh after their performance

He appeared clearly uncomfortable walking away from the performance, as as they waited to hear the judges' comments his pro Peta Murgatroyd, dressed as June Carter Cash, could be heard clearly asking: 'You wanna sit down?'

But he still went on to perform again later in the dance off, with host Tom Bergeron saying admiringly: 'That's the kind of trooper he is.'

The notorious pot head joked that the 'trouble is I can't do my favorite pain killers', leading co-host Erin Andews to ask him: 'What are those - and are you sharing?'

She quickly added: 'No I'm kidding - that's a whole other show, Tommy.'

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Joyous: Derek Hough and Bethany Mota were overjoyed to be put through 

Despite his bravery - and the fact that at age 76 he is the oldest star to have got this far in the competition - Tommy was sent a clear warning shot with his low scores.

'You're like a hot dog - you're tasty but you're never sure about the content,' Len Goodman told him after his dance, stressing that his 'affection for you knows no bounds'.

'You have the same magic Mojo as Mr Johnny Cash did,' Carrie Ann told him of the singer he dressed up as. 'But you were a beat behind for pretty much most of the dance.'

The first dances of the night had a clear motivation for the couples as the highest scorers had immunity from elimination.

Despite dressing as Romeo and Juliet as their dynamic duo, it was far from an untimely death on the show for Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy as they scored a perfect 40 - and gained some incredible praise for their contemporary dance.

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Famous couple: Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy performed a Romeo and Juliet themed dance

'This to me is the epitome of what dance is about,' Carrie Ann told them, gushing about how 'abstract movement' can 'illicit absolute pure emotions' in viewers. 'Amazing.'

'Juicy dance romance don't come any juicier than this one,' Bruno said, excitedly standing up. 'Extremely ambitious yet gorgeous and glorious in every possible way.'

'Janel, I knew you were a good dancer, but tonight you've shown me that you're a great dancer,' Len Goodman told her, while Julianne left Janel close to tears as she called it 'breathtaking'.

Even co-host Erin showed them the goosebumps on her arms from watching, saying: 'That was absolutely gorgeous.'


Rave review: Val and Janel were praised by the judges for their performance

But she was also quick to point out her admiration for Val's freshly shaved face and chest, revealed in an opened shirt.

'This doesn't look bad, so I'll give that to you,' Erin said. 'You're welcome, America, you're welcome.'

The next highest score went to Alfonso Ribeiro, who got 38 for his main dance and then an extra three points for winning his dance-off with a jive against Leah Thompson.

He was clearly able to overcome the nerves he must have had after rehearsing a spectacular entrance as Batman, sliding down on a zip line - but getting caught mid-air in his dress rehearsals.

'Yeah I'm just hanging out, don't worry about me,' he said light-heartedly as crew members scrambled to get a ladder tall enough to rescue him.


Helping hand: Alfonso got caught mid-air during rehearsals and needed help getting down


Dynamic duo: Alfonso and Witney performed dressed as Batman and Robin

But the entrance went perfectly when it counted, with Carrie Ann calling his cha cha to Prince's Batman song Trust 'super tight, super in-sync, super smooth - super smart'.

'Honestly, every time you come out you are pure entertainment,' Julianne told him. 'I wanted to dance with you on that floor! So good.'

But Bruno appeared to only have eyes for his dance pro, Witney Carson, who was wearing the tiniest skin-tight Robin outfit imaginable.


Biblical couple: Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas dressed as Adam and Eve for their routine


Scenic: The pair paraded in front of wooded scenery

'You've got to be the hottest Robin I have ever, ever, EVER seen,' Bruno gushed.

Duck Dynasty teen star Sadie Robertson also scored a 38 for her main dance, a contemporary number as BC Jean sang live, but missed out on the bonus points as Bethany Mota beat her in their dance-off.

Dressed as Adam and Eve with her pro Mark Ballas, Len confidently told them: 'On that performance you won't be banished from the Garden of Eden - you're back next week, well done.'

'This was your most poignant, passionate, powerful dance,' Carrie Ann told her, but warning that she had to dock a point as she was a 'hair out of sync' at the end.


Salsa dance: Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced while dressed as Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo

Bethany - dressed as a sexy Lucille Ball - scored one point less in her main dance, but ended up above Sadie thanks to the bonus points from the dance off.

But it could not have been closer, with the judges evenly split and fans tweeting in her favor just 52 percent to Sadie's 48 - with her only winning as Len, deemed chief judge, had picked her.

After her main dance, a salsa, Carrie Ann told her: 'You are ridiculous - that was a phenomenal performance.'

'Hotter than a bull's bum in June - you were sizzling out there,' Len said. 'It was fantastic.'

Leah Thompson had opened the show, dancing jazz with her pro Artem Chigvintsev as Bonnie and Clyde.


Crazy wild: Leah Thompson performed a spirited jazz routine with pro partner Artem Chigvintsev


Let's talk jazz: The couple kept their focus on each other during the routine 

'I felt a little underwhelmed,' Julianne admitted. 'I don't think it was your fault - I felt that the choreography was a little bit dated.'

Len also said he wanted 'a little bit more conflict', telling her: 'You've got to risk it to get the biscuit, and you're a little bit safe. Safe will only get you so far - safe won't get you the Mirror Ball.'

When Bruno agreed, saying he wanted 'more of a reckless, bad ass attitude' from her, co-host Tom quipped: 'You would have preferred they actually knocked over a bank this week in preparation?'

Despite the harsh comments, she still got respectable 8s, and insisted: 'I had the best time - I felt like I was crazy wild out there.'

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Live performance: BC Jean performed while Sadie and Mark danced

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