Tennis star Martina Navratilova became the first celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing With the Stars’ 14th season on Tuesday, as both judges and the TV show’s fans failed to be impressed by her jive to the Billy Joel classic, Tell Her About It.
Navratilova, with professional dance partner Tony Dovolani, was eliminated from the popular reality TV dancing contest after their jive on Monday received the lowest scores from the judges in the second week of the competition.
Navratilova (55) one of the greatest women’s tennis players in history, was philosophical about getting the boot, saying “it was a great experience,” although she said she wished she could have stayed longer.
“But I blew it yesterday, and it cost me,” she admitted.
Two other bottom finishers based on the judges’ ratings, Melissa Gilbert and Gladys Knight, were both declared safe from elimination early in the live episode. Viewer votes combined with judges’ ratings decide which star is eliminated each week.
But surprisingly, one of the judges’ top-rated competitors, Roshon Fegen, was among the dancers facing possible elimination when fans apparently failed to vote in line with the judges’ raves about his quickstep on Monday night’s performance episode.
The other bottom finisher with Fegen was musician Gavin DeGraw, who also survived to dance another week.
The top scorers based on the judges’ ratings after two weeks were crossover singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney Channel star Fegen and actor William Levy.
Highlights of the Tuesday’s elimination round included Matt Nathanson’s performance of Run along with Sugarland, who also performed their hit The Incredible Machine.
Among the studio audience to watch the first elimination from Dancing With The Stars 2012 were Katie Couric, and last year’s controversial contestant Chaz Bono, the transgender son of superstar Cher whose casting brought protests from some corners and an outpouring of support from others, including from his mother who attended several of his performances.