DWTS Elimination, Week 5: D.L. Hughley Heads Home

This week’s DWTS elimination saw D.L. Hughley pack up his dancing shoes and head home.

The 50-year-old comedian was the latest victim of Len Goodman’s Side-by-Side Challenge in Tuesday’s edition of Dancing with the Stars. D.L. and partner Cheryl Burke were the fourth couple to be eliminated this season after they found themselves in the bottom two with boxer Victor Ortiz and newcomer Lindsay Arnold.

D.L. and fellow funnyman Andy Dick scored a mere 18 points apiece in the show’s fifth week. His performance came in for some flak from head judge Len, who said his dance with Cheryl and pro couple Sasha Farber and Chelsie Hightower “lacked that attack that you want to see in a tango. It was like a decaf coffee. It didn’t have any buzz to it.”

The other judges didn’t hold back either. Carrie Ann Inaba informed D.L. his side-by-side performance showed up his lack of technique, while Bruno Tonioli dubbed him a “romper stomper.”

“You need to work on your hip action,” concluded Len.

The comedian paid tribute to his dancing partner at the end of the show, quipping that Cheryl would be the only thing he’ll miss about the DWTS experience.

Tuesday’s show was overshadowed by events in Boston. Host Tom Bergeron, whose wife and daughter were both in Boston when the bomb blasts went off, said:

“It was the hardest show I have ever done. I worked in Boston for years, I know how valuable that marathon is, that last mile was dedicated to the families of Newtown. I’m feeling a mixture of grief, relief that my family’s fine.”

And Aly Raisman suggested her appearance on DWTS had prevented her from attending the Boston Marathon. “I would’ve been the grand marshal at the Boston Marathon today,” said the Olympic gymnast. “It’s scary to think about.”

Following his DTWS elimination, D.L. Hughley said he’d be backing comedian Andy Dick or NFL star Jacoby Jones. Why?

“Andy is just my sentimental favorite, but I just can’t say ‘I’m Team Dick.’ I just can’t do that. I got to go for Jacoby. I think a pigeon-toed, tall dude from New Orleans – come on. What greater story would there be than that?”

Speaking of Jacoby Jones, the wide receiver wowed judges and fans on Tuesday’s show with a stunning split jump over Karina Smirnoff‘s head, securing him the encore dance.

You can watch D.L.’s Foxtrot performance from Week 4 below. Will you miss the comedian on the show?