Dancing With the Stars Viewers and Judges Reject World Peace

Dancing With the Stars Viewers and Judges Reject World Peace

Just days after Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest officially changed his name to Metta World Peace, he becomes a quick casualty of the hit dance show.

Published September 21, 2011

Dancing With the Stars viewers may be in favor of world peace, just not on their favorite television show.


The viewers and judges of the popular dance show made Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers star formerly known as Ron Artest, the first celebrity ejection Tuesday night. And it wasn’t close.


The judges gave World Peace the lowest score on Monday’s premiere of the 13th edition of the show: 14 out of a possible 30. The show’s head judge Len Goodman described the basketball star’s cha-cha with professional dance partner Peta Murgatroyd as “all sizzle and no sausage” and went on to say his footwork in the ballroom was “atrocious.”


The showing by World Peace was a bit disappointing due to the recent success of athletes like Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who won the title this past spring, along with NFL Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice.


But World Peace was a good sport about his quick exit.


“All I want to know is who's coming with me?” he joyfully shouted after his dismissal.


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(Photo:  ABC)

Written by Terrance Harris


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