Former Supreme Mary Wilson eliminated on 'Dancing With The Stars'

Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News

Former Supreme Mary Wilson cha-cha-ed her way through the latest round of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, but it wasn't enough to keep her on the show for another week.

Wilson, 75, was eliminated after falling into the bottom two competitors with the lowest numbers of votes following last week's premiere. The show's three judges opted to save NFL legend Ray Lewis instead of Wilson.

Former Supreme Mary Wilson is one of 12 celebrities competing on Season 28 of ABC's "Dancing With the Star." She made her debut with pro Brandon Armstrong.

Wilson, wearing a flirty white satin dress with a fringe skirt and leaning against her pro partner Brandon Armstrong, handled the elimination with grace.

"It was fabulous. I enjoyed it so much," said Wilson about her time on the show.

Wilson and her partner Brandon Armstrong competed against 11 other celebrities on the show, performing a cha-cha to Aretha Franklin's "Think" on Monday. They earned a 5 from each of the three judges for a total of 15. They had a two week total of 32.

"You own the room when you come in here," said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Inaba said Wilson, who was the oldest competitor in this season's competition, made several small errors but it was hard to tell because it never showed on her face.

"That’s the sign of a true pro," said Inaba.

Judge Len Goodman called the dance "lively and full of freedom."

Wilson was an original member of the Supremes with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, founded in 1961 after the three met while living in Detroit's Brewster Housing Projects. It eventually became one of the most successful groups of all time who helped define the Motown sound.

Wilson, the longest standing member of the Supremes, left the group in 1977. She now lives in California.

During a video of this week's rehearsals for the show, Wilson said she now has 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

When she told her grandchildren about competing on "Dancing With The Stars," "they said, 'What? Grandma is famous? Wow!'"

Other celebrities on this season of "Dancing With The Stars" include former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and actor James Van Der Beek.