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“Dancing With the Stars”: Viva La Lucci

November 6, 2008

(Reporting and Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Susan Lucci left “Dancing With The Stars” with class on Wednesday night, as she radiantly addressed the audience after she was voted off the ABC ballroom dancing show, following in the footsteps of another soap star from two seasons ago who also made it far in the competition.

“I just have to say I have had the most incredible experience here, I leave with a life experience, something I will never forget,” Lucci told the audience.  

The daytime star did not play up the drama when she was eliminated. There were no tears, and her last dance was to the tune of the Ray Charles song “Hit the Road Jack.”
It was like the end of a saga, as “La Lucci” was asked to leave after overcoming a crushing foot injury, some drama with her partner and grueling flights back and forth between New York and Los Angeles to keep working on her daytime show “All My Children” while also starring on “DWTS.”

And in a plot twist that could have sprung from daytime television, Lucci made it almost exactly as far as fellow “All My Children” star Cameron Mathison in Season No. 5. Mathison was eliminated eighth in that season, and Lucci was eliminated seventh, not counting
Olympic volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor who withdrew because of an injury.
Judge Len Goodman pointed out a fact many audience members could have missed during La Lucci’s run in the competition — that she is in her 60s. Lucci is actually 61 years-old, which after Cloris Leachman at 82 made Lucci season No. 7′s second-oldest competitor.
The judges had been hard on Lucci, but she earned her moments of praise. She also appeared to have a perfectionist streak. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba had La Lucci get up in front of the audience on Monday and exclaim, “I’m doing good.” In an interview segment that played on Wednesday, La Lucci started off by saying, “I think I’m good.”


I am so sad to see Susan Lucci go. She was such a graceful dancer and I couldn’t believe she moved like that at that age…. I hope that Cody is the next to go. I love Warren’s dance face. It makes me smile and a few things do that anymore. Has anyone seen the DWTS LiveJournal page? It has recaps, editorials, polls, and really cool videos. You should check it out at: Enjoy!

Posted by Alek Klein | Report as abusive

In my opinion it was susan’s time to go. I beleive out of all left she had the least ability. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed watching her dance, but it was her time.

Posted by Ellie | Report as abusive

Susan Lucci is my idol!
It was so sad to see her leave. I’m glad she made it this far. Carrie Ann was right when she had Susan say, “I’m doing good!” Well, Susan is not good she’s awsome. Cody ain’t a man yet, he should have left. I’ll miss Susan terribly. I think she so beautiful. No matter what Miss Erica Kane is still #1!
Love you Susan!!!

Posted by SharonOsbourne4ever | Report as abusive

I love susan lucci. Is she really 61? good for her. you go girl!


I loved watching her on All My Children, but I’m so happy to see her go. It was excruciating to watch her dance and it was obvious in the group dances that she was the weakest one. You could almost see he count her steps. I actually felt bad for her.

Posted by Poussin | Report as abusive

I was so sad to see Susan and Tony get eliminated. They wer my favorite couple to watch, and got all my votes. I really enjoyed all their dances. They brough so much elegance to the dance floor. Both are such gracious and sweet people. I’m really going to miss them.

Posted by JW | Report as abusive

I will miss Susan she is GREAT and VERY CLASSY. Bye Bye Susan and Im done with the show.


Susan Lucci was amazing on the show. The info on her being 61 is false. She is actually 62 and will be 63 on december 23rd of this year. I love Susan Lucci and was so upset when she left. I thought that she should have stayed at least untill the final 4. The only good thing, is that it means more erica back on AMC.

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