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Martina Navratilova on 'DWTS' Elimination: I Thought We Had a Shot With the Popular Vote

March 28, 2012 (6:31 am) GMT
The former World No. 1 female tennis player relied on the audience votes to get her through the show, before realizing that she and partner Tony Dovolani 'were too far behind' other contestants.

Martina Navratilova had no hunch that she would be the first celebrity who's sent home on "" season 14. Speaking to E! Online after the Tuesday, March 27 elimination show, the retired tennis player thought she and her professional dancing partner Tony Dovolani would stay longer on the show with the support of audience.

"I felt better this morning than last night and I felt better as the day went on. I thought we had a shot at it with the popular vote," the 55-year-old shared her opinion about her chance on the show, before adding, "but I guess we were too far behind... I don't know. I thought we had a shot at it."

Admitting that she made a mistake, Martina felt sorry for Tony. "I'm devastated for Tony because he put in so much hard work," she claimed. "He hasn't had great partners in the past. He wanted an athlete, he got an athlete, but an athlete blew it yesterday. We couldn't make up with the popular vote for the judging yesterday."

Tony felt the same for not being able to give a shining moment for Martina, saying, "I wanted America to get to know Martina. I'm just devastated that I couldn't do that for her." For his efforts, the tennis player plans to give back to the dancer by giving "him some tennis lessons." Declaring he's up for the offer, Tony responded by saying, "I'll go anywhere she goes!"

Chiming in on the elimination show, who was in jeopardy that night revealed that the moment was scary. "Had I known it was going to be that stressful and I was going to have that many palpitations, I would've taken an aspirin before I went out there onstage," he enthused. "I felt it. It was like an aspirin commercial up there. That mixed in with a little indigestion. It got scary. I was watching my dance career flash before my eyes!"

As for Roshon Fegan who's also in danger of getting eliminated, the Disney star found the situation confusing since he got big scores from his two dances. "You get congratulated and the next day, 'Now stand under this red light and almost go home?!' It's like, 'What?! What do you mean?! Yesterday we were jumping for joy!'," he gushed.

Martina Navratilova had to hang her dancing shoes on the first elimination show after getting the lowest combination of judges scores and viewers votes. It wasn't a big surprise since she had been on the bottom of the scoreboard with a total of 37 points from the judges for her two dances in the first and second week.

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