10/05/2006 AT 9:00 AM ET
After last week’s Dancing With The Stars upset in which Harry Hamlin was kicked off, this week saw Vivica A. Fox – one of the show’s stronger dancers – eliminated.
She had received strong marks and solid praise from the judges on Tuesday’s edition of the show – but that didn’t sway viewers, whose votes, in combination with the judges’ scores, determine who’ll move on.
“No tears. No tears,” Fox said just moments after her name was called.
This end of the road, she told PEOPLE, is really just the beginning. “I don’t feel I’ve lost out at all,” she said. “There’s no tears necessary.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli said, “Vivica has exited this competition a star. There is no ‘poor Vivica.’ She came out of this looking like a million dollars.”
Many in the audience, however, thought country singer Sara Evans and talk-show host Jerry Springer would find themselves in the bottom two.
Evans had been panned by the judges for her passive paso doble, which yielded Tuesday’s lowest score. Springer, who performed a solid waltz in honor of his daughter Katie (he wanted to learn the dance for her upcoming December wedding), is still one of the competition’s weaker performers. Yet strong fan bases pulled each of them through to next week.
Fox’s partner Nick Kosovich had nothing but praise for the actress. “I’ve never had such an amazing experience with a student or a person as I have with Vivica. This was an incredible journey, and from a dance teacher’s perspective I’ve had one of the best students anyone could possibly wish for.”