It was a night of insult and injury for Chaz Bono.
The 42-year-old daughter-turned-son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono slumped in his second outing on Monday's edition of Dancing with the Stars, limping to the night's lowest score with 17 out of 30 points.
The author/activist was in trouble from the get-go this week, as his knees and joints ached to the point he debated about taking the week off, saying he was "afraid he would literally pass out or blow his knees out."
He trudged on nonetheless, and while his heart and hustle showed, the injury left him in no condition to live up to the demanding quickstep routine he and partner Lacey Schwimmer performed.
Bruno Tonioli -- who compared Monday’s routine to “watching a little Ewok dance with Princess Leia” -- told Bono he did well under the circumstances of being injured, but simply didn’t bring the gusto he needed to succeed in this season’s tough competition.
"I could see you in pain," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Bono. "Your charm can only take you so far, but it doesn't cover that fact that you didn't dance quickly and this is a quickstep."
Judge Len Goodman was even more blunt in his assessment of Bono's outing.
"The bottom line is it's a quickstep," he said, "and I move faster through the car wash -- it was too slow."
Bono tweeted after Monday's show, "Just a friendly reminder to please vote. @LaceySchwimmer and I really need everyone’s help getting through this week."
Dancing with the Stars results show airs on ABC Tuesday at 8/7c.
Here’s the contestants scores after Monday night’s competition:
- Ricki Lake and Derek Hough – 23
- Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas – 22
- Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy – 21
- Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani – 21
- J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff – 21
- Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus – 21
- Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke – 21
- Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 19
- Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya – 18
- David Arquette and Kym Johnson – 18
- Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer – 17