Another elimination on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday night saw rapper Romeo and his professional partner Chelsie Hightower eliminated, just shy of making it to the top four.

This week, in a results show that featured performances by Adele, Michael Bolton and Delta Goodrem, the contestants had 20 minutes after performing their first dance to choreograph a second performance to music picked at random on the spot. Romeo and Hightower placed ahead of contestants Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff, scoring a 52 out of a possible 60 points, but were still the couple to get the boot.

While he was surprised with the elimination, Romeo thinks the experience had only made him stronger. “I'm surprised as it was one of my best performances last night, but not surprised because of the competition,” he told Good Morning America. “This show has changed my life, I was terrified of dancing. I didn't even dance at my prom. I think I showed kids not to be afraid of trying. You may fall on your face, but try… I am fearless now.”
Hightower concurred. “He was definitely not open to doing a lot of everything that I wanted him to throw in the beginning,” Hightower said. “The more he got into it, the more he loosened up and kind of took it by storm…”

Throughout the season, judges praised Romeo's dramatic improvement, and he earned impressive scores. The couple's waltz got the first 10 of the season, but then the duo faltered and fell to the bottom of the leader board.
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Macchio and Smirnoff are the four remaining couples who will advance to the semi-finals.


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Hightower placed her bets on Kane and Ballas winning the competition. “When it comes down to the finale, it really comes down to who has the best freestyle. So at that, I think that Chelsea Kane and Mark will have a pretty good freestyle so I might say that they might take the whole thing,” she said. However, Romeo said he thinks Alley can go all the way. “She's showing that age is just a number and I think everybody is behind her because of that,” he said.

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