Former Bond girl Denise Richards has been forced to hang up her dancing shoes after she was voted off hit U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday (24Mar09) night.
The actress and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy found themselves fighting elimination and going head-to-head with Playboy Playmate Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin in the weekly dance-off, after earning the fewest number of votes from viewers.
But Richards' samba failed to impress the panel of judges and she became the second celebrity to waltz off the dance floor - despite scoring two points higher than Madison in the elimination round.
Richards was among the walking wounded on the show after suffering a broken toe during rehearsals - fellow contestant Jewel had to bow out with a leg injury, actor Gilles Marini has a separated shoulder and Steve-O is suffering crippling back pain following a fall.
But her loss came as a surprise for many, as TV prankster Steve-O and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had both registered the lowest scores of the week with 15 and 10 out of 30, respectively.
However, Richards is remaining upbeat about her short time on the show, insisting she feels sorry for Chmerkovskiy more than anything.
She tells People.com, "I had fun! When else am I going to get to dress up like this, work with someone like Maks and be able to do a family show that my daughters can watch together. I feel bad for him. He hasnt won and I think this is the first time hes been eliminated second."
Former GoGos star Belinda Carlisle was the first contestant to be kicked off the show last week (17Mar09).