Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess left Dancing With the Stars on a sad note. The 47-year-old comedian and his 27-year-old professional dance partner were eliminated during week seven of the competition on Tuesday, Apr. 30, after feeling "berated" by the judges.
"We're sad . . . but it's okay," Dick told reporters after being sent home. "We are proud of what we did here."
Though he's proud of what he's accomplished on the ABC reality dance competition show, Dick did get emotional after learning he was eliminated.
How did he fight back tears? "By clenching my jaw! If it starts going it won't stop, so I was fighting it!" he said. "We wanted one more week. Deep down we wanted one more week. And that's how it's been every week . . . 'One more week, one more week!'"
Their exit comes after a controversial judging round during performance night on Apr. 29. The former News Radio actor and Burgess felt they weren't receiving constructive criticism from the judges.
"Say something about dance because last time I checked, this was a dance show," Burgess argued to reporters on Apr. 29. "We want to know how to get better . . . It's upsetting because I hate to see Andy berated week to week."
But Dick is grateful for how far he made it into the competition. "We did make it really far. I keep that in mind," he said. "Seven weeks! That's a long time — for an idiot like me."
The actor, who has battled substance abuse and troubles with the law in the past, also says the show brought him closer to his 15-year-old daughter Meg.
"We've had our ups and down times, so the dance I did for her was probably the best gift I'll ever give to us — not just her, but to me," the single dad said of dedicating his Viennese waltz to her. (Dick is also dad to son Jacob, 19, and Lucas, 25.)
Will Dick keep on dancing for his little girl?
"If you're asking will I dance for her again, I don't know about that!" he joked. "But you have to dance at her wedding, right? Maybe I'll reprise that and bring Sharna in to choreograph it!"
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