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Tuesday
Sep202011

Ron Artest Is First Celeb Booted from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 13

Adam Taylor/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- NBA player Ron Artest -- or should we say Metta World Peace? -- was the first contestant booted off season 13 of Dancing With the Stars.

Artest and TV host Nancy Grace had both been in jeopardy of leaving Tuesday night.

After the announcement of the results, Artest smiled, hugged his dance partner -- rookie pro Peta Murgatroyd -- and shouted, “Yeah! Yeah!”

“Peta was great,” he said, asking for a round of applause for her. “I had a great time.”

Tuesday night’s elimination followed Monday night’s season premiere, during which Artest (who has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace) was the low scorer in a field of 12 celebrity competitors and their professional partners.

His cha cha cha failed to impress judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. The three gave their usual frank assessment of Artest’s star turn on the dance floor.

Inaba thought it was “eccentric yet kind of sexy,” technically wrong but fun. She gave it a five out of 10. Goodman complained it was just “shimmying about” with “all sizzle and no sausage.” Not his cup of tea. He gave it a four. And Tonioli told Artest he had power and performance value but needed to work on his technique. He gave Artest a five, for a total score of 14 out of a possible 30.

Artest, who was once known for his fiery temper before changing his ways, said he was OK with the score, but acknowledged afterwards to the show’s cameras: “That four was harsh."

Competition in the hit ABC show continues Monday with the 11 remaining celebrities: actress and former TV talk show host Ricki Lake, actor David Arquette,  author and activist Chaz Bono, model and actress Elisabetta Canalis, TV star Kristin Cavallari , former prosecutor and TV legal analyst Nancy Grace, reality TV personality Rob Kardashian, fashion guru Carson Kressley, Iraq war veteran actor J.R. Martinez, singer Chynna Phillips and women’s soccer World Cup star Hope Solo.

Artest and Murgatroyd will appear live on Good Morning America Wednesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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