Dancing With the Stars Elimination Surprises Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas

Being eliminated from Dancing With the Stars this week was a shock to reality TV star Kristin Cavallari. Pro dancer Mark Ballas and partner Kristin Cavallari were voted Dancing With the Stars season 13 off on Tuesday.

“I’m a little surprised, to be honest,” Kristin Cavallari told reporters after her elimination. “But I’ve had such a great time and it’s been an awesome experience. So, you know, it is what it is.”

Cavallari said she really didn’t understand exactly why she and partner Mark Ballas got the boot from Dancing With the Stars this week. “I don’t know,” she said. “Maybe it’s like what Tom [Bergeron] said. Everybody thought we’d be safe, so they voted for other people? Maybe the audience didn’t like our dances after all. I’m not sure.”

Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas finished in a fourth-place tie with the judges on Monday night. The couples had been asked to tell the stories of the most memorable year of their life through dance. Cavallari danced a samba to celebrate graduating from high school in 2005 and moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. After combining the scores from the judges with the audience votes, Ballas and Cavallari were eliminated.

Mark Ballas said he was thrilled to have been paired with Kristin Cavallari on Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13, despite their early elimination. “I just want to say that I’m really proud of Kristin,” Ballas said. “She had great potential and I thougth she killed it last night and I was honored to be her partner, and I’m really proud of you and I love you.”

Despite being sad over her elimination, Kristin Cavallari said she truly enjoyed her time on Dancing With the Stars. “I’ve had such an incredible experience,” she said. “I’ve made new friends. We’ve all become such a little family. I’m a huge fan of the show. I’ll continue to be a huge fan of the show.”

As for who Cavallari thinks will make it to the finals, the reality TV star has her eyes on J. R. Martinez and Ricki Lake. “I think they’ll definitely be in the finals,” she said.

Ricki Lake Dancing With the Stars Injury No Big Deal

The first episode of Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13 hasn’t even aired yet and we already have our first injury to report. Former talk show host Ricki Lake injured her leg on Thursday while rehearsing for the show with dance partner Derek Hough.

Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 13 cast member Ricki Lake posted a photo of her leg on her Twitter feed after banging it up on Thursday. The pic shows a large bruise turning purple and a small cut across her shin. “Look, my first injury,” Lake Tweeted. “Don’t ask how it happened.”

An ambulance was reportedly called to the set to check Lake out, but the Hairspray star said there was no cause for alarm. “Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I’m fine!! :-)”

Dancing With the Stars has quite a track record of injuries among the show’s contestants and pro partners. Jackass star Steve-O was seriously injured during season 8 when he fell on a microphone pack doing a flip. Kelly Osbourne messed up her ankle badly and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey ruptured a disc. DWTS pro Kym Johnson was rushed to the hospital during season 12 after falling and injuring her neck. And the list goes on…

Some injuries to DWTS cast members in the past have actually prevented them from ever making it into the actual competition. Nancy O’Dell ended up needing surgery on her knee after injuring it in rehearsals and never even appeared on the show. Singer Jewel also never made it on to the show after breaking her shinbone.

Seriously, Dancing With the Stars cast members seem to come down with more injuries than your average NFL team! Let’s hope Ricki Lake’s minor DWTS injury is the last we see this season.