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'Dancing With The Stars' Elimination: Gavin DeGraw Eliminated (VIDEO)

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"Dancing With the Stars" elimination sends Gavin DeGraw home

For the first time in "Dancing With the Stars" (Mondays at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC) history, the bottom two couples had to dance for their lives in front of the judges.

"It's not about your favorite couple; It's not about who you feel sorry for; The dance duel is all about the dancing," said judge Len Goodman. This week, the bottom two stars were Jaleel White and Gavin DeGraw.

However, Jaleel might have been a little confused about what the dance duel actually meant because before the couples started dancing, he broke out into song. "I told my mom that if I got here that I would say, 'And I'm telling you' ... you know the rest of the lyrics."

It was an intense first duel, as the two couples had to perform the ha cha at the same time. Unfortunately for one star, it was finally time to leave the ballroom for good. It was an unanimous decision, as all three judges voted to save Jaleel and his partner Kym Johnson, making Gavin the first victim of the dance duel.

Despite having some of the lowest scores of the week, both Melissa Gilbert and Gladys Knight were saved by the viewers' votes, which means that the Empress of Soul will officially get to show off her moves during next week's Motown week.

Fan favorites Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were safe after their routine was chosen by the judges as the best of the week. Maria and Derek performed their dance for a second time during Tuesday's episode, but left off one essential part -- the highly publicized kiss. The two may not have kissed each other, but Derek landed quite a smooch on judge Carrie Ann Inaba. This time, however, she didn't seem to mind.

Fellow judges' favorites Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas were also safe, as was the Latin dancing James Bond -- William Levy. He did perform quite the sultry Argentine tango, but he'll have some serious competition next week from Donald Driver because the football player and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were also safe. Despite being in the bottom last week due to a lack of votes, Disney star Roshon Fegan was also safe.

"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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