Gilda Kirkpatrick first voted off Dancing with the Stars NZ

Despite being described as "sassy and brilliant" after her final dance, Gilda Kirkpatrick has been voted off Dancing with the Stars NZ.

The Real Housewives of Auckland star was the first of 12 contestants to be eliminated.

Kirkpatrick performed a sultry samba on Monday night in a bid to "deliver romance" to the audience, but it wasn't enough to attract the votes to get her over the line.

The three judges - whose scores combine with votes from those watching at home to - gave her a paltry 6, 6 and 5.

Despite the early exit, Kirkpatrick didn't seem too bothered. She admitted she was "not a dancer", but was happy she got to dance for her kids.

She apologised to the Starship Foundation, her chosen charity, for getting eliminated.

Viewers can help keep their favourite dancer in the competition by texting their first name to 3333 - each text costs 99c and net proceeds go to that star's chosen charity.

The next episode of Dancing with the Stars NZ will air Sunday at 7pm on Three and all episodes can be viewed again on ThreeNow.