Last week we had a shocking Dancing With the Stars 2012 elimination when Sherri Shepherd was knocked out of the competition by the voters in defiance of just about everyone’s predictions. For our DWTS 2012 predictions this week, we thought this elimination would be far more predictable, but the voters always do have a mind of their own.

The Dancing With the Stars 2012 week 5 performances this week were quite good on the whole, but there were a few very obvious and notable exceptions. We would normally have picked out one of the worst remaining dancers to predict who got voted off Dancing With the Stars this week, but after last week’s sudden elimination of Sherri Shepherd, the voters had us worried.

WARNING: DANCING WITH THE STARS 2012 SPOILERS AHEAD

Still going into Tuesday night’s Dancing With the Stars 2012 elimination results, it seemed unlikely there would be another ‘shock’ vote-off. So it seemed somewhat likely that we would see at least one of the lowest ranked DWTS 2012 cast members end up in the bottom two.

If the voters were going to go with the judges’ opinion on who should end up in the bottom two, according to the scores from Latin night and the cumulative scores overall, it should have been Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff, and Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy as the bottom two.

At that point, however, the voters would no longer get the final say about who was voted off Dancing With the Stars 2012 in this round. This week the show had a brand new twist for fans because the two celebrities who ended up in the bottom two would have to do a ‘dance-off’ for the judges to determine who would go home.

So who did the voters put in the bottom two for DWTS 2012 week 5? And who did the judges decide should go home after the dance-off?

On Dancing With the Stars 2012 Tuesday night, the judges first ask to see a repeat performance of Maria Menounos and Derek Hough’s very sexy salsa. However, instead of another make-out session with Maria in the middle of the dance, Derek grabs judge Carrie Ann Inaba for a smooch. Very cute!

Now, on to some results!

The Dancing With the Stars 2012 cast members declared safe this week are:

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

Well, I have to say I’m a bit surprised to see Melissa Gilbert safe this round considering her overall scores and performance last night, but there you go.

Gavin DeGraw and Jaleel White are now in jeopardy and left to fight it out in a dance-off for the judges. After the two perform, the judges vote to decide who will get voted off Dancing With the Stars 2012 Tuesday night.

The votes are all the same:

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff are eliminated from DWTS 2012.

Come back again next week to visit us here at RealityRewind.com as we recap the next round of Dancing With the Stars 2012!

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