Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson

Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson

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Vanilla Ice was eliminated Tuesday night on Dancing With the Stars.

How 'Dancing With the Stars' helped us fall in love with Vanilla Ice again 

Vanilla Ice, James Hinchfield and Jana Kramer were left in jeopardy and stood on the dais together awaiting their fates. Hinchfield and Kramer were both unlikely candidates for going home; Hinchfield even received the second-highest score on Monday night's performance show. He was the first one declared safe by host Tom Bergeron.

And then there were two: Vanilla Ice and Jana Kramer grasped hands as Bergeron announced who would be going home: "Vanilla Ice."

He seemed unbothered, but perhaps that's because everyone was still on a high following one of the show's opening numbers. As pro dancers Sasha Farber and Emma Slater danced to "Just the Way You Are," Farber dropped to one knee and proposed. She said yes. 

(Don't you have to when it's that public a forum? Discuss.)

They're ready for a lifetime together, but the show was ready to part ways with Vanilla Ice. So he nodded, and received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. He acknowledged it with a smile and a bob of his head. He called it a "magical experience."

"Dancing makes you happy," said Vanilla Ice.

Surprisingly, his dancing caused a strange sort of happiness among his fellow contestants and made him new fans all over. Vanilla Ice was still touring and managed to make the show priority even with all his other projects, endearing him to his partner, the judges and new BFFs Ryan Lochte, Maureen McCormick and deposed dancer Governor Rick Perry. He even found time to drop a freestyle for the camera, with Marcia Brady dancing along.

"This guy is the most hard-working man I ever met in my life," said his partney Witney Carson. She said he taught her about life, positivity "and rap."

Isn't that all you need?

Because of the looming vice presidential debate, the show was a quick tour of Monday night's performances with that extra audio that was noticeably lighter than the "live results show" that preceded it. (cough, cough Amber Rose upset over judge Julianne Hough's slip lips cough cough) To speed things up more, the couples were brought out to stand together in groups to learn their fate. And there were only two live musical performances: DNCE, which featured Texan Joe Jonas, and Zara Larsson.

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds was the first to be eliminated. He undoubtedly suffered the ill effects of a botched performance on Monday night's Cirque du Soleil event show on which he seemed to forget the choreography and never could recover. Classy as always, he was gracious in defeat.

And so was Ice, who was cool as he ever was -- even in the '90s -- as he said a hurried goodbye while the credits rolled.

Texas, out.

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