Before we’ve even had a chance to shake off the dizzying effect of all the changes on “Dancing with the Stars” this season, they went and booted their first contestant Tuesday night and it’s, well, exactly what we expected.
Though Vegas odds makers chose Chaz Bono as the biggest long shot, they weren’t on the money, as he didn’t even make it into the bottom three. Instead, the three couples in jeopardy were Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, Metta World Peace (as of tonight’s show bleach blonde Ron Artest is officially being billed by his wacky new name) Peta Murgatroyd, and Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus.
And the first elimination of the season goes to … an athlete! NBA star Ron Artest and Aussie newcomer Peta Murgatroyd, who had the lowest score of premiere night [a 14 for a crazy Cha Cha], were cut from the competition.
The eccentric celeb took the lose in stride, smiling and shouting, “Yeah! Yeah!” as he walked down the stairway. His parting words? “All I wanna know is who’s coming with me. Who’s coming?” But on a serious note, he thanked Peta and said, “I had a great, great time. Awesome.”
It was a bit of a surprise that Italian model Elisabetta Canalis didn’t end up in the bottom three, seeing as she had the second lowest score of the night with a 15, and is unlikely to have a large fanbase in America. When asked if she expected to be safe tonight, she said, “I was hoping. I was very sad.” She and partner Val Chmerkovskiy are doing the Quick Step next week.
One of the best parts of results shows is when they reveal the subtitles to what the cast and judges say before and after performances, which don’t air on the Monday show. The best overheard comments were: “She was like a lost little girl,” said Len Goodman about Elisabetta’s lackluster performance. Second best comment: Metta saying, “Impossible!” after getting the low score of the night.
But the best TV moment – possibly of all “DWTS” shows I’ve seen – is watching Bruno Tonioli shake his moneymaker, shirtless, on top of the judges’ table with Carrie Ann Inaba during LMFAO’s performance. There also was a tender moment when Chaz Bono made it through with the cast giving him extra hugs when he and Lacey Schwimmer were deemed safe.