Eight became seven on Monday's elimination episode of Dancing With The Stars NZ, as Walter Neilands and Melissa McCallum departed the dancefloor.
It was a tense dance-off between Walter and Melissa and their bottom-two buddies, K'Lee and Scott Cole - but Walter's' "roly-polys and abracadabras" failed to put a spell on the judges.
On Tuesday night Walter received harsh critique for their experimental tango, which included a 'magic trick' of Melissa stepping out a circus box after being sawn in two halves.
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup liked the entertaining opening, but criticised Walter's posture and "messy footwork", saying "there's still a long way to go.''
Julz Tocker was less than impressed with the theatrical tango. "I said clearly last week I don't want to see flips... I just want you to really work harder at the dancing."
To sum up Rachel White's criticism: "You just don't seem to be improving enough each week."
Although the judges admitted both duos danced better in their dance-off than in their original performances, both Rachel and Julz voted to keep K'Lee in the competition - meaning it was a wave goodbye to Walter.
In the words of Julz: "Less backflip, more base!"