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Lil' Kim Waltzes Off 'Dancing with the Stars'

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May 06, 2009 | 7:35am EDT

Rapper Lil' Kim has made a shocking exit from reality show Dancing with the Stars after failing to win over TV viewers with her waltz.

The pint-sized star and her professional dance partner Derek Hough had previously been tipped as favorites to take the 2009 title, after consistently earning high scores and praise from the program's judges.

But the hitmaker found herself in the bottom two with singer Jewel's rodeo-star husband Ty Murray on Monday, with a score of 52 out of 60 compared to the cowboy's 46.

And despite head judge Len Goodman hailing Kim as "one of the best dancers" ever to appear on the show, she became the latest celebrity to be voted off on Tuesday.

Bowing out of the competition, Kim said, "This is one of the greatest experiences I've ever experienced in my life because I brought people who never watched the show."

Murray joins Sex and the City actor Gilles Marini, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and reality TV star Melissa Rycroft in next week's semifinal.

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