Number 85 has been 86′ed: Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Ochocinco made Dancing With the Stars history on Tuesday’s results show, but not the way he would have liked — the wide receiver became the 100th celebrity eliminated from the show in its’ five-year history.
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“It was fun, I enjoyed it, I enjoyed the whole journey,” the six-time Pro Bowler told RadarOnline.com’s Tina Malave following his elimination. “The funny thing is, a lot of people have said, ‘We never knew you were like this,’ cause all they get to see is the football side. That’s all they get to see is the trash-talking, the celebrating, but they never get to see the softer, sensitive gentle side — the one that’s willing to learn, and still overcome it.”
Pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy told RadarOnline.com exclusively that Ochocinco — whose admitted antics have made him one of the NFL’s most fined (and entertaining) players — made the transition from the gridiron to the ballroom showing the utmost respect for his peers.
“It’s special for us ballroom dancers because he’s one of us now,” he said. “He didn’t disrespect us.”
Evan Lysacek, a fan of Ochocinco’s football career, said that he was surprised at Chad’s soft-spoken demeanor after getting to know him throughout the show.
“He was the nicest guy, and such a reserved and calm athlete,” the Olympic skater said. “That’s what I look up to.”
The stars were also excited about plans for The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka and his fiancée Vienna Girardi to take to the floor for the first time next week.
Pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya told RadarOnline.com she’s “looking forward to everybody coming back and doing a different dance.
“Jake’s gonna dance with Vienna, I mean, how cool is that?” Trebunskaya said.
Dancing With the Stars championship week begins next Monday at 8/7c.