The star of "Charmed" and "90210" added, "I did it for my dad." Her father, who recently suffered a stroke, sat in the front row during both of her performances, tears occasionally misting his eyes. After finishing her Viennese waltz in the first episode last week, she immediately sought him out and planted a kiss on his cheek.
The 38-year-old actress was the first celebrity eliminated from the new season of the hit ABC show. She and professional partner Mark Ballas were axed during Tuesday's episode.
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"To see my dad's face light up the way that it did and how proud he was of me just filled me with this kind of amazing emotion of thankfulness," Doherty said Tuesday. "I call that a success."
She said her elimination may have been fate, as Ballas hurt his knee during rehearsals and was using a crutch during Tuesday's episode. "I pulled the muscle off the bone so I'll be out for six weeks," he said.
Ballas said he may require surgery for the injury. Doherty was to have been paired with his father, Corky Ballas (Cloria Leachman's partner in a previous season), had she not been eliminated.
The judges seemed to appreciate the couple's two dances, calling their jive "energetic" and their Viennese waltz "ambitious." But fans failed to keep them afloat. Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which celebrity is eliminated each week.
Viewer votes saved the lowest-scoring contestant, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who earned 14 points out of 30 for his cha-cha last week and 12 points for his foxtrot on Monday's episode.
But they put one of the seasson's stars - actress Pamela Anderson - in jeopardy. Anderson was with Doherty in the bottom two.
Besides Aldrin, Gosselin and Anderson, remaining competitors include Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek, actors Niecy Nash and Aiden Turner, reality stars Jake Pavelka, singer Nicole Scherzinger, sportscaster Erin Andrews and football star Chad Ochocinco.