NEW YORK – Melissa Jo's mojo was not working.
She was eliminated last night on Joe Millionaire, leaving just three eligible bachelorettes to vie for the affection of hunky Evan Marriott in the red-hot series' remaining episodes.
"His loss," was about all Melissa Jo had to say about her surprise ouster.
With her outgoing, extroverted personality, freckle-faced Melissa Jo -- a 25-year-old loan officer nicknamed "MoJo" -- was among the more conspicuous of the 20 female contestants who flew to France to win the hand of Joe Millionaire.
On last night's show seen on Fox, she even enjoyed a fun-filled fencing date with Evan, a bulldozer operator pretending to be heir to a $50 million fortune.
But her ability to parry and thrust with Evan was not enough to avoid elimination, even though the show's other Melissa -- a sassy 24-year-old brunette -- had what appeared to be a disastrous date with the faux millionaire in the kitchen of his castle-like chateau in the French countryside.
The other Melissa -- Melissa M. -- was among the three women chosen to continue. She and the others -- blond, catty Sarah and dark-haired, introverted Zora -- each received ruby necklaces as a prize for surviving last night's round.
With the number of women quickly dwindling, Evan raised the stakes last night with several attempts at establishing intimacy with some of the women, especially Sarah, with whom he disappeared into the woods for a romantic rendezvous out of camera range.
He also invited Zora to join him in the chateau's outdoor hot tub, but their private pool party became a hot-tub ho-down when they were joined by the other three unwelcome women.
Next week, Evan and his three ladies are off to the French Riviera, where Evan will eliminate one more, as Joe Millionaire hurtles toward its finale next month.