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Frontrunner Melissa Rycroft can't believe Lil' Kim got the boot on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars.

What will she miss most?

"Everything!" she told after the show. "She is so sweet, and [the show] brought out a side of her for fans to see that they didn't know. I didn't know how sweet she would be. She had something genuine about her that just made me smile."

Kim said she feels "okay" about leaving. (She had earned the second-lowest score -- 52 points out of 60 -- for her waltz and salsa this week. Viewer votes ended up sending her home.)

"I would love to still be here - who wouldn't want to be going to the finals to win?" she told Us. "But at the same time, I still have my other life, and I can go back to the studio and start recording and do all the things I need to do. There are mixed emotions."

Her partner Derek Hough said he liked dancing with Kim the best.

"Don't tell anybody - but she's my all time favorite partner!" he told Us.

What about his former partner and current girlfriend Shannon Elizabeth?

"OK, one of my favorite partners!" he added.

Kim, Hough said, "deserved everything she's got. I was just saying to the producer, I don't know if it would have made a difference what week we went because she really came out here and proved herself, and I think she's had some of the most memorable routines ever."

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