October 13, 2006 at 06:04 PM EDT

The Republicans didn’t need this: GOP favorite Sara Evans has announced that she’s divorcing her husband and leaving Dancing with the Stars to spend time with her family. ”Recent events that shed light on the status of her marriage prompted Ms. Evans to make the filing,” her record label said in a statement. (This is where a lesser person would make a joke about her husband not supporting her decision to use music from The Phantom of the Opera for the paso doble, but I am not that person. Especially after reading why she filed.)

Evans will reportedly make her final appearance on Oct. 17 — when, that other person would also note, she’d probably have gone home anyway. Her adorable dance partner, Tony Dovolani (pictured, with Evans), has already said that her impending departure took him by surprise, for what it’s worth.

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We wonder what kind of missive former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay — who penned a letter asking party members to ”send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television” by voting for GOP supporter Evans — will write now? Somehow, we think he won’t be taking shots at Jerry Springer again, now that the man has won America over by learning the waltz for his daughter’s wedding.

Because this may be the last time you PopWatchers pay attention to Miss Sara, I would like to say the following: She really is far more entertaining and sexier than you think she is.

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