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People Staff
October 10, 2007 12:00 AM

Even with his faux-stache disguise, Wayne Newton couldn’t hide from his low scores any longer and was booted from competition Tuesday.

Newton, a Sin City legend, who, at 65 shows no signs of slowing down, danced his heart out each week with partner and fan-favorite Cheryl Burke. The charming duo managed to stay in the competition despite consistently low marks from the judges, but it just wasn’t enough to squeak by another week.

“I’ve had a wonderful time!” a content Newton told PEOPLE after learning his fate. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I think that obviously we all want to stay longer but I’m leaving here a lot better than I came here with – and that is new friends and a great respect for all these .” Burke couldn’t hide her disappointment, calling the early departure a “bummer.” “I wanted to continue on but you know if it’s our time, it’s our time, but I’ve had the most enjoyable experience,” she said.

Going on to describe the experience as a sort of “metamorphosis,” Newton added that even though he’s sorry to leave the show, he’s found a friend for life in Burke. “It’s a friendship that’s not just for this time and place, but forever,” he beamed. “I don’t know how you beat that!”

Tuesday’s competition came down Newton and “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, who also ended up in the bottom two. While Newton has endured the judge’s low marks with humility and grace, Mayweather has found it hard to disguise his feelings of persecution and what he calls “bias” from the judges.

“I’m out there giving it my all, and I don’t understand, no matter how hard I dance, or how good I dance, how am I to understand the scores that I get,” Mayweather told PEOPLE after the show. “I mean, if they’re bias toward me then it is what it is. I’m dancing my best, have the best dancing teacher, so they can’t take my natural ability and my talent from me.”

Despite Mayweather’s ongoing concerns of how he’s being treated in the competition, he had nothing but nice things to say about his fallen compatriot. “Me, myself, I think Wayne Newton is a legend,” added Mayweather. “He’s a great guy. His personality is great. He’s a marvelous person!” –Jed Dreben

Photo: CRAIG SJODIN/ABC

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