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Kerrigan's experience on 'DWTS' fades to black

Elegant movie night tango not enough to help Olympian avoid elimination
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Nancy Kerrigan delivered an entertaining tango on Week 7 of 'Dancing with the Stars,' but her effort was not enough to send her into the next round. -ABC/Eric McCandless

On Monday night, Dancing with the Stars introduced a movie theme: Each couple interpreted a different film genre in their respective dance, with the highest-scoring pair receiving immunity into the next round.

Nancy Kerrigan and partner Artem Chigvintsev delivered a charming tango set to the song "Pretty Woman," which represented the romance film genre. Kerrigan wore a glamorous red gown as she playfully interacted with members of the troupe.

"The tango felt comfortable right from the start. It just seemed to suit me well, and I thought our performance was strong -- and I loved the costume," said Kerrigan, who received straight 9's across the board from the complimentary judges panel.

Kerrigan engaged with all the troupe dancers during the tango as well.

"I really enjoyed working with the group of guys," she said. "It made it a little more challenging, but also a little more fun."

After the seven couples performed their dances, the pair that received immunity was Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy, who earned a perfect 40 for their foreign film Argentine tango.

The remaining six couples faced each other in dance-offs. Kerrigan and Chigvintsev went up against Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and partner Sasha Farber, with both couples doing the cha cha. Kerrigan said she wasn't nervous but knew it would be a tough match.

No scores were given. Instead, the judges and the public selected the team they preferred, and Biles and Farber ultimately pulled out the win. That result didn't impact Monday's outcome, which was based on the judges' scores and viewer voting from the previous week.

At the end of the evening came the double elimination, which saw Kerrigan and Chigvintsev -- as well as Bachelor star Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd -- cut from the competition.

Kerrigan took the elimination in stride. She received tweets of admiration from cast mates, loved ones, fans and two skaters who know just how hard Dancing with the Stars is: former mirror ball winners Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis.

"Great work by @NancyAKerrigan on @DancingABC this season. Congratulations on a world class effort," Kerrigan's husband, Jerry Solomon, tweeted.

Over the course of two months working together, Kerrigan and Chigvintsev became good friends. She referred to him as a great teacher and choreographer, noting she couldn't have asked for anything more.

As a longtime fan of the show, Kerrigan came into DWTS with a strong frame of reference, but the whole process was still enlightening.

"The show lived up to all of my expectations and more," she said. "It was hard work, but I enjoyed all of that. I was focused, as it took me out of my regular routine for a few weeks. It was a lot bigger than I realized in terms of its following, so I interacted with a lot more people than I normally do. All in all, it was a great experience and one that I will never forget."

When asked what her favorite dance was, Kerrigan singled out two: the Disney night performance to music from the film Enchanted and her "Most Memorable Year" routine, which she said had a great emotional impact on her.

"What I am most touched by is the fact that the show encouraged me to open up about some things that I have not spoken much about in the past, and it seems that what I had to say connected with a lot of people on a lot of levels," said Kerrigan, who shared her history of miscarriages. "Maybe my favorite thing is that perhaps, through the show, I have been able to help people who are dealing with some of the same things that I have had to confront."