Chad Ochocinco Leaves “Dancing with the Stars”

National Football League star Chad Ochocinco and professional partner Cheryl Burke were booted out in the latest elimination night on “Dancing with the Stars,” ending a partnership on the dance floor that is widely speculated to have turned romantic over the course of their stint in the show.

The Ochocinco-Burke partnership was the subject of talks the past weeks after the football star showered the professional dancer with gifts, which included a diamond ring and pendant. The pair came into Tuesday’s elimination with the lowest score of 52 after Monday’s performances.

Ochocinco and Burke have both denied having more than friendship, with the professional dancer calling her partner “the most amazing, soft, gentle man in the world.” Ochocinco, on the other hand, said that whatever he and Burke have developed during their stint will “continue for a lifetime.”

The three remaining celebrity finalists, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, Olympian Evan Lysacek, and ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews, will return on Monday for one last round of performances. The winner of the mirrorball trophy will be announced on Tuesday.