DWTS eliminated contestant: 'We are not naive...we know the game'

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First, the good news from Gladys Knight and her experience on Dancing with the Stars. She lost 60 pounds! And now, the bad news: The intense workout that comes with tripping the light fantastic under the mirror ball had to come to an end for the legendary crooner, who became the latest celebrity to leave the ABC show.

“It was all good,” Knight told reporters after earning a 21 for her rumba on Monday and a mere 3 points for her jive during the Dance Duel. “Everything that’s happened here has been all good. It’s like life.”

Ah, but she didn’t give up without a fight. EW’s own Annie Barrett said Knight’s jive “was all about character” but it wasn’t enough to convince Bruno Tonioli that she should stay over Roshon Fegan (despite how the sudden death competition seemed to favor the youngster). But Knight wasn’t complaining. “It didn’t really matter what dance they chose as long as you are able to put it together and execute it,” she said. “I thought we had a good dance and they felt that someone else did a better job of it.

“We are not naïve, we know the game and we know what kind of ballpark we are operating in and all those things, but we can’t give in to the negative, because that can keep you from going as far as you can go,” Knight continued. “But you have to be prepared in some way for whatever. That was the last thing I said on the tape, whatever. We will do our best and that’s it.”

Knight will be back come finale time, but she can’t say whether she’ll be singing. But she will attempt to maintain her new figure — assuming a certain sequined gentleman continues to lend a helping hand. “I’m going to keep Tristan, He can come over and work me out!” — With reporting from Steve Gidlow


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