How tiring was last night's Dancing With the Stars?

From Kirstie Alley's fall-heard-round-the-world to the staggering weight of all the emotion that went into those tell-a-story dances...

Shoot, we were exhausted, and all we did was sit here and pass judgment! But because Kirstie and Maks handily recovered and the judges thought she "came back better than ever," her score ended up being more than the sum of its parts. Meanwhile, half the field danced better than ever and a few favorites found themselves slipping.

Or both, in Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett's case!

But there was no shocking twist Tuesday, as Wendy Williams—languishing five points behind the pack with a 15—was voted off.



"I was probably the busiest person in terms of flying back and forth, you're right," the talk-show host, who was taping in New York and rehearsing in L.A., admitted to cohost Brooke Burke. "In addition to that, I have a marriage, I have a child, and a litany of other things to hold together—so this has been a wonderful opportunity for me.

"I want to thank the judges, and I want to thank you also, Tony, for teaching me how to dance," she added to partner Tony Dovolani. "Because you know, I still can't...despite stereotypes, this is one black girl who still can't do the running man."

For some reason, DWTS felt the need to shine the shameful red light on Kendra, despite the fact that she danced the only truly sexy rumba last night and got one of the night's highest scores—a 23—for her efforts, despite a minor stumble in the fake fog. Same goes for the utterly delightful Chris Jericho, who ended up sweating it out until Wendy's ouster.

"That went over well," host Tom Bergeron quipped when Kendra remained in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, it's going to take more than a tumble and a 21 to bounce Kirstie. She was totally safe, as was Ralph Macchio, who inexplicably scored the same 21 on his completely upright rumba.

Len Goodman gave Romeo a curt one-liner in expressing his displeasure with the rapper's less-than-fluid rumba—which was dedicated to two of Romeo's cousins who died tragically young, for Pete's sake! (It sure didn't deserve a lesser score than Kirstie's rumba, anyway.)

But the fans didn't care about Len's grousing one bit, and Romeo was declared safe along with Sugar Ray Leonard (whose performance ability is better than his scores reflect) early on. The boxing champ was forced to sweat it out last week until the very end.

Chelsea Kane and Petra Nemcova, who came out of jive purgatory to tie Hines Ward for first place yesterday, were never in any danger, either.

Pickings were slim for the encore, considering how depressing so many of the dances were last night (for a variety of reasons), but at least the bounciest coincided with the best—Hines and Kym Johnson's samba.

The very uncontroversial One Republic performed tonight, as did Selena "golly gee, we're happy to have her!" Gomez—another 180-degree departure from the tension wrought by Chris Brown's appearance last week.

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