Season 13 of ‘DWTS’ started in rousing fashion Monday night as Ron Artest, Hope Solo, Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace gave us the first glimpse of their skills. Both of the athletes failed to impress the judges, but Artest’s score of 14 out of 30 ultimately proved too poor to warrant survival from week 1 elimination. As Emily Yahr reported:
Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: cha cha to Pitbull’s “Krazy”
LA Lakers player Ron Artest was in the news last week because he legally changed his name to Metta World Peace (first name Metta, last name World Peace). Thankfully, he’ll be known as Ron Artest on the show. That’s a relief, because we definitely weren’t planning to call him by his new name.
Anyway, Ron says he signed up for the show because his daughter (a cancer survivor) wanted him to. He feels very comfortable dancing, and is convinced he’s quite good at it. Unfortunately, he is not. He thinks people will laugh at him because he’s supposed to be a tough guy, but really, if they laugh, it will because he looks wildly out of place on the dance floor. Even if he is rocking a sparkly burgundy vest and a fedora.
After the performance, Ron fixes Bergeron’s suit jacket. “I can’t believe I’m getting grooming tips from Ron,” Bergeron cracks. We love him.
The judges are back! Len Goodman calls the footwork “atrocious.” Bruno says Ron has issues because he’s so tall, but tells Artest to go for it, and calls him “dancer-tron.” As usual, Carrie Ann is the nice one, and says the performance was eccentric and sexy, though technically terrible.
Over in the celebriquarium, Ron flirts with Brooke, who loves it. Then the scores: 5, 4, 5 for a total of 14 points. Ron is outraged.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Viennese Waltz to Dave Matthews Band’s “Satellite”
Hope Solo, known for being the goalie on the U.S. women’s soccer team, makes some soccer puns about blocking the competition. She and Maks warm up with some soccer, and then Maks worries that the Viennese Waltz is too dainty and girly a dance for a hardcore athlete like Hope.
Hope tries to dispel this by wearing a pink, flowy dress with lots of jewels, and does a decent job keeping up with Maks. Bruno likes it, and thinks Hope has a bright future ahead of her, even though at times it looked like she was about to hit Maks in the face. Carrie Ann says the body contact was impressive, and that the couple was connected like glue. Len loved the moment, but wants to see Hope get a little more feminine and softer. And hopefully not injure Maks.
Celebriquarium: Brooke asks Hope if the show’s hair and makeup team helped her get ready for the “glitz and glam” of the ballroom. Hope thankfully ignores her and dedicates the dance to all female athletes. Scores: 7, 7, 7 for a total of 21 points.
After combining the scores from the fans and judges, it was Metta World Peace who failed to make the cut, becoming the first celebrity booted from ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 13. As Cindy Boren explained:
Viewers and judges on “Dancing with the Stars” said “Peace out” to Metta World Peace, the NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest, by voting him out of the competition at the very first opportunity.
It isn’t really an upset for the ages, given that he and his partner scored all of 14 points Monday night and his dancing was described as “atrocious” by one judge. (In retrospect, the Rodman homage wasn’t the way to go right out of the gate.)
From the jockocracy, only Hope Solo, goalie for the U.S. women’s soccer team remains along with Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley, Ricki Lake, David Arquette and Chaz Bono.
Tuesday night’s results show included performances from LMFAO and crooner Harry Connick Jr., who performed “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”. As Sarah Anne Hughes reported :
Harry Connick Jr. provided the background crooning on Tuesday’s “Dancing With the Stars” elimination episode.
The multi-talented actor sang “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” the title song from the Broadway show he’s set to star in this November. Connick said he is rooting for Chaz Bono.
So which celebrity was sent home? It came down to Rob Kardashian, Nancy Grace and Ron “Metta World Peace” Artest. Find out who was told to hang up their dancing shoes over at the TV Column.
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