LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Dancing with the Stars” viewers didn't give Metta World Peace a chance.
The basketball star formerly known as Ron Artest was the first celebrity ejected Tuesday from the 13th edition of the ABC dancing competition. The show's judges gave World Peace the lowest score on Monday's premiere: 14 out of a possible 30.
The outgoing Los Angeles Lakers forward was locked out after viewer votes were combined with the judges' scores.
“All I want to know is who's coming with me?” he joyfully shouted after his dismissal.
Len Goodman, the show's head judge, said World Peace's cha-cha with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd was “all sizzle and no sausage” and his footwork in the ballroom was “atrocious.”
For his debut performance, the over-the-top athlete bared his chest in a shimmering gold vest and shaved the Hebrew words for “world peace” into the side of his head.
The 11 celebrities remaining in the competition are World Cup soccer player Hope Solo; reality stars Robert Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari; TV personalities Nancy Grace, Carson Kressley and Ricki Lake; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis; singer Chynna Phillips; and author and activist Chaz Bono.
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