By People Staff
April 29, 2008 12:00 AM

Dancing with the Stars fans had to wait until the live results show Tuesday to see whether Cristian de la Fuente’s injured arm got him eliminated from the competition — or whether another dance team got the boot.

De la Fuente was spared!

Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough were voted off instead. “I’ve made a friend for life,” said Elizabeth, who cried throughout their final dance. The pair were joined in the bottom two by Marissa Jaret Winokur and pro Tony Dovolani.

As for de la Fuente, an MRI found he suffered a ruptured tendon in his bicep. “I need surgery in order to put it back together,” he said. But in good news for his fans, de la Fuente added that his doctor said the operation could be delayed — meaning he can go on dancing. “I would like to be there and not give up,” he said.

De la Fuente had hurt his arm Monday night while performing the samba with partner Cheryl Burke, and earned the night’s lowest combined score (46/60). He was evaluated by a physician the next morning, but at the request of producer Conrad Green, all cast and crew were asked not to discuss de la Fuente’s condition until after the telecast.