Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) First To Be Eliminated From DWTS

by Radar Staff

So much for giving peace a chance!

Metta World Peace — the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest — was the first contestant booted from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday, as his cha-cha with Peta Murgatroyd fell short in impressing judges or voters with a lowly 14/30 score on Monday.

“All I want to know is, who’s coming with me?” the one-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year said after he was bounced.

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In his swan song appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday, the 31-year-old Los Angeles Lakers forward admitted he’d “never seen a full episode” of the ABC hit prior to becoming a cast member.

Fun fact: Despite Metta’s premature exit Tuesday, athletes have generally fared well on the ABC hit, as NFL stars Emmitt Smith (2006) and Hines Ward (2011) have both taken home the show’s crown.

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The remaining celeb pairings in the competition are: Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer; David Arquette and Kym Johnson; Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy; Kristen Cavallari and Mark Ballas; Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus; Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke; Ricki Lake and Derek Hough; J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff; Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani; Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; and Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya.

Dancing with the Stars returns on ABC Monday at 8/7c.


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