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Who knew there were so many rodeo fans out there?!?

A night after Ty Murray clearly put on the worst Dancing with the Stars performance, the cowboy husband of Jewel managed to stave off elimination. Instead, that dishonor fell to rapping ex-con Lil' Kim and her partner, Derek Hough.

While Hough referred to her as an "amazing soul [and] amazing spirit" soon after the show, he also admitted that his initial reaction to being paired with Kim was nothing short of sheer terror.

"I was like, I think I'm going to get shanked in the middle of a dance. I'm serious. But the second she walked in there she was like a beam of energy, so sweet and so nice. As the weeks went by, I just love her more and more and more and I'm really excited to spend some time with her without teaching her and drilling her."

As for the Lil' one, she took the surprise elimination well.

"I think this is one of the greatest experiences I've ever experienced in my life," she said.

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In 2005, Lil Kim was found guilty of conspiracy and perjury for lying to a grand jury about her friends' involvement in a 2001 shooting outside the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan.

As a result, the rapper was sentenced to a year in prison... and ended up as part of the season eight cast on Dancing with the Stars!

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According to Kim, fellow inmates loved this reality competition and encouraged her to try out for it; once she had paid her debt to society, of course.

"I'm a huge fan!" the Grammy-winner said. "When I was in prison, me and my girls used to watch it. My girls were like, 'Kim, you need to be on that show.' Everyone watched it faithfully. It's like the #1 show in prison!"

Lil Kim is partnered with Derek Hough on the show. She's psyched about that.

"I was hoping and praying that I got Derek for my partner," she said.

We're just hoping and praying Kim's nipples remain covered throughout the competition.

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