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Chaz Bono eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars”

Chaz Bono became the sixth celebrity eliminated from ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last night after he and partner Lacey Schwimmer received low marks for their tango performance. The couple received 19 points out of 30, coming in last behind Hope Solo and Maks Chmerkovskiy who scored 20 points.

Bono and Schwimmer did not seem surprised about the elimination, observed Emily Yahr of the TV Column:

Not looking too shocked, Chaz and Lacey talk with Tom and Brooke. “I came on this show because I wanted to show America a different kind of man,” Chaz says. “I know that if there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would have been different.”

Although Bono said he was not bitter towards the show, he expressed his anger about harsh remarks by the judges.

Chaz gets angry backstage and managed to get bleeped, while being furious that the judges compared him to a cuddly penguin after already comparing to him to an ewok. “Bruno [bleep] makes comments every week ... like I’m some fat troll dancing with this beautiful woman every week, and I’m sick of it,” Chaz fumes.

Bono wasn’t the only one upset by the critiques. The Associate Press reported that Schwimmer cried backstage during Monday’s episode.

“Every week he gets referred to as an animal,” she said. “They always comment on his personality, and last I checked, this was a dancing show.”

Cher was likewise unhappy about the comments, according to her tweets, compiled by Sarah Anne Hughes of Celebritology:

“Is it ‘DWTS’ or looking perfect ‘WTS?’ It’s easy for him to take cheap shots at Chaz! Let him come to ‘my’ stage,’” Cher tweeted. “I could teach his little arm waving [butt] some manners! Critique Chaz’s dance style, movements, etc. But don’t make fun of my child on national TV.”

Maks Chmerkovskiy also stirred up some controversey after exchanging some harsh words with judge Len Goodman.

Finally, some “Dancing With the Stars” controversy. It’s been a relatively quiet season, but the blogosphere lit up Tuesdayafter Maks and Len exchanged harsh words Monday night. Len said Maks and Hope’s dance was the worst of the season; Maks said Len should get out of the dance industry. Oh, and Maks added that “this is my show,” which surely went over great with his fellow pro dancers, said Yahr.

Chmerkovskiy and partner Hope Solo hung on for the week. Solo and five others remain in the competition: actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez, reality TV personality Rob Kardashian, and TV hosts Ricki Lake and Nancy Grace.

Read more about “Dancing With the Stars”:

TV Column: Chaz Bono eliminated from ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Celebritology: Cher unhappy with Chaz Bono ‘DWTS’ critique

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Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.



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