Dancing with the Stars Cuts Aaron Carter

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From spoiled pop star to mature, respected dancer.

Aaron Carter came a long way on season nine of Dancing with the Stars - but he didn't go far enough to earn the crystal ball trophy.

Carter and Karina Smirnoff were eliminated from the competition this week, but the former reacted as humbly as one can. He said:

"One thing I will always remember and take from this competition is definitely the lessons that I've learned. I've grown so much with your compliments and your criticisms, so thank you. Thank you for helping me to be able to grow on this show."

Quarterfinalists

Who knows what the future holds for Carter, but we can't remember anyone receiving more praise from Len Goodman upon his departure.

"I think the dedication that you have shown week after week is absolutely fantastic. I think you're an inspiration to all young people that anything is possible, and if you were my son, I would be so proud of you. But more important, you be proud of yourself, because you've been great."

The semifinalists are now set: Joanna, Kelly, Mya and Donny will each take on two dances next week.

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