The Iceman can look forward to another week on “Dancing With the Stars.” But it’s time to hang up the shoes for former model Kathy Ireland.
Fighter Chuck Liddell and partner Anna Trebunskaya tied for ninth – with three other couples – after a stern tango Monday but were saved from elimination Tuesday.
The only celebrities to score less in Monday’s dancing were Ireland and former U.S. House of Representatives majority leader Tom DeLay, whose cause was not helped by a foot injury.
“The foot hurts but we’re going to dance until it breaks,” said the 62-year-old DeLay former Republican heavyweight.
But Delay escaped the chop during Tuesday’s results show and gets to campaign on the dance floor another week.
The bottom two were Ireland and actress Debi Mazar.
“There is so much to take away from this experience. I wouldn’t change a moment of it.” said the 46-year-old Ireland. “The fact that I got to learn how to dance from (pro partner and) world champion Tony Dovolani, it’s been so much fun – the entire experience.”
Ireland’s departure leaves 13 couples. Actor Ashley Hamilton and singer Macy Gray were the first celebrities to go last week.
The celebrities’ fate is determined by the judges and fan voting.
Singers Aaron Carter and Mya led the way Monday with a score of 27 out of 30. Next was 51-year-old Donny Osmond, who earned a score of 25 for his jive to “Secret Agent Man.”
It was a tight second week with 11 couples separated by just three points in the judges’ scoring with scores of 19 to 21. Pro snowboarder Louie Vito, actress Melissa Joan Hart and reality TV star Kelly Osbourne joined Liddell at 19.
“We can go as far as prayer, hard work and those voters will take us,” said NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, who rebounded from a wobbly performance the first week out to score 20.
Actor Mickey Rourke was on hand to cheer Liddell on Tuesday.
Liddell (21-7) was once the marquee man of mixed martial arts. But he has lost four of his last five fights, most recently a knockout at the hands of Mauricio (Shogun) Rua at UFC 97 in April in Montreal, and his fighting future is in the air.