‘DWTS’ Sends the First Dancer Home

David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson (Photo: ABC)

David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson (Photo: ABC)

The first cut took place–and it cut deep.

We’re quite surprised at the first elimination on Season 11 of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Doesn’t personality count for anything? What about being an international heartthrob? How about overall craziness? That’s what David Hasselhoff brought to the dance floor and that’s what I would’ve liked to have seen more of.

But not so much for America, who voted The Hoff off the show Tuesday night. While The Hoff had to scoot off quickly to do ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ his partner Kym Johnson chatted with us backstage. “I’m disappointed,” she told us. “There were so many fun things I wanted to do with the Hoff. It’s sad but he’s got a great outlook on life. I think his daughters were more upset than he is.”

The other couple standing under the red lights at the end was Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, although host Tom Bergeron said they weren’t necessarily in the bottom two in terms of votes. Okay.

Backstage, when Michael Bolton, who scored pretty darn low with just 16 points in the premiere, was the first name called safe, people gasped with surprise. But when Margaret Cho was the second dancer deemed safe, the backstage peeps applauded with surprise.

Last night Cho told us she stands by her bold decision to put some humor into her Viennese Waltz and was shocked at the judges’ reaction. “How do you not get it? The ridiculousness of using something like this [i.e., that outlandish gold lame cape she wore] is so funny to me, why not have fun with it?”

Where Did David Hasselhoff Go Wrong?

Ultimately, I think the right person went home. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I am simply dying to see more of the worst ones from Week 1: I want more cockiness from The Situation and more comedy from Margaret Cho.

But on to the serious contenders. If I had to pick my top two right now, it would have to be Brandy and Jennifer Grey. They were both the most elegant and technically proficient dancers out of the bunch, and I can see them going far. But Jennifer better watch out. Brandy wants it bad! “I don’t know why, but I do, I really do,” Brandy admitted after Monday’s performance show about wanting to win.

The results show featured live performances by Santana, India.Arie, and Daughtry, and a guest comedic (and I say that loosely) appearance by Adam Carolla. “Adam Carolla’s Tour de Dance” was just not that funny. I give it a 5. Well, maybe the Bruno joke about him being in a French group called Flaming & Co. was a smidge funny. Daughtry joked that he never imagined Michael Bolton dancing to one of his songs (“Life After You”) like he did Monday night and, for that, he’s got his vote.

Monday’s season premiere, if you didn’t hear, ranked as the night’s No. 1 show with 21 million, viewers, which is considerably higher than last season’s debut of 17. 8 million.

‘Dancing’ Leaps to the Top of the Ratings Pack

To refresh your memory, the leaderboard totals from week one went like this:

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 24
Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 23
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 23
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke:22
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovalini: 19
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 19
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 18
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: 18
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower: 16
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: 15
David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson: 15
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel: 15

Do you think the right person went home? Hit the comments to let us know who it should have been.

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