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Who is out first on ‘Dancing With the Stars 14′?

Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani are the first couple out. (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR)

Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani are the first couple out. (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR)

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova found no love from the “Dancing With the Stars” audience and was the first celebrity bounced from the 14th edition.

Navratilova is obviously very competitive but was so out of her element here. Her athleticism and work ethic couldn’t overcome her natural discomfort wearing a dress and trying to move around the floor with any semblance of smoothness. She was jerky and discombobulated much of the time. She received the lowest scores over two nights (37) and clearly lacked a fan base to save her. (The other tennis player Monica Seles from DWTS’s past from season six only lasted two weeks.)

“It’s been an amazing experience,” Navratilova said. “I blew it yesterday.”

And my wife was appalled by Martina’s outfit tonight. “It looks like she was caught in an tuna net,” she mused.

Nobody else among the other 11 couples is Steve Wozniak or Master P bad. So it will come down to fan bases for the next few weeks. That places folks like Gavin DeGraw and Maria Monounos in a vulnerable position.

Katharine Jenkins, the relatively unknown British opera singer, is doing really well with the judges so she may overcome the fan base issue. She is tops among the judges after two dances.

The three celebrities I picked last week, sight unseen, as likeliest to do well, have done well as predicted: Jaleel White (fourth), Roshon Fegan (tied for second) and William Levy (tied for second).

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

39 comments Add your comment

skeeter

March 28th, 2012
12:06 am

Martina was an easy choice, but I applaud her for being waaay out of her element. Even Ms Knight said she was out of her comfort zone.

Allen

March 28th, 2012
12:54 am

I love Martina . . . a courageous woman. Wish she could have stayed around longer.

Savannah to Miami

March 28th, 2012
2:52 am

Oh well…..Next

gunga din

March 28th, 2012
4:24 am

now, if they will just get rid of that pig (sherri shepherd) the show might be watchable!!!

Kelly

March 28th, 2012
6:13 am

How dare you make such a rude comment like that about Sherri! She certainly shook a tailfeather in her performance and was surprisingly quite good.

ATLShawty

March 28th, 2012
6:45 am

@gunga din…right on brother…i totally agree with you about the sherri shepherd comment…suey!!

Paul From Milton

March 28th, 2012
7:19 am

The problem is that Sherri tailfeathers are still shaking two days later.

regis

March 28th, 2012
7:25 am

Two obvious points. This stupid show is all about popularity and nothing about ability. Cotton!! And second, that Shepherd girl is not a pig…. more like a hippo..

Grandma

March 28th, 2012
7:26 am

I’m tired of DWTS. Let’s do something new, like “Dancing With The Oldies”. I’m a 62 y.o. woman who started dance lessons at age 42! I’d love to go on that show.

Interesting Show

March 28th, 2012
7:43 am

I actually watched, for the first time, to see how Martina did. She looked great but was awkward. But she is not nearly as bad as the show. OMG. They drag it on for so long and then 2 nights. That people out there would invest all that time per week to watch is an indication of how sad our society is. And ’stars’?! Please. I’ve never heard of half of these people. George Clooney is a star. Meryl Streep is a star. Derek Jeter is a star. 90% of these people would fall on Kathy Griffin’s D-List!

jimmie

March 28th, 2012
7:44 am

Justice for Martina! I am Martina!!

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Mercedes S.

March 28th, 2012
9:02 am

No love from the viewers, and pure hate from the stylists. Poor Martina.

jayboeski

March 28th, 2012
9:14 am

Not sure why you included Maria Monounos with Gavin. I would think with her tv time, along with her drop dead gorgeous looks, and the fact that she danced really well so far, would bode well for her.

bulldogbubba

March 28th, 2012
9:20 am

When will they do the “Urkle”?

not sad at all

March 28th, 2012
9:50 am

I agree that Martina had to go.. I applaud her effort though… She was out of her element but she tried.. that’s the best she can ask for.. and hey.. she IS a better dancer today than she was before she started… I’m still in shock that I am even watching DWTS and furthermore… ENJOYING it…! eek…

Andree Alexander

March 28th, 2012
9:56 am

While I was sorry to see Martina go so early I’ll personally miss Tony Dobliani more. He is just so perfect as a dancer, but unfortunately, just recently he’s getting the ‘not so good’ dancers, hence is eliminated far too early. I think that it was only fair that Martina left since she was so obviously out of her element. I still think this is the best Dancing with the Stars ever!!

WillnAtlanta

March 28th, 2012
10:06 am

Um it Dovolani, duh

Mary Kay

March 28th, 2012
10:38 am

What is that old saying about lipstick on a pig?

Or is that a fish?

irishmafia

March 28th, 2012
10:45 am

Dancing with the STARS -Who are these people -never heard of most of them -If you are a “STAR” shouldn’t people know who the hell you are?

Mary Kay

March 28th, 2012
10:56 am

Martina didn’t dance like an Ewok, did she?

skeeter

March 28th, 2012
11:05 am

The fact that YOU don’t know a person means that person is not a star…….narcissistic you think ??

bucket

March 28th, 2012
11:17 am

I can’t help but feel sorry for some of the contestants because there is such a disparity in their dancing ability.

Say what

March 28th, 2012
11:43 am

If you can’t see ability on DWTS you are not looking hard enough. The mere fact that Martina got let go first tells you how much ability there is on the dance floor. Forget the nerves and the out of your element aspect, there are some awesome athletics dancing. Having played college football and many years of rugby I can say that I am impressed with these people….

Tiberius

March 28th, 2012
12:00 pm

The viewers and the judges got this one right. I like Martina personally, but she was the least able to cope with the showmanship aspects of this production, and with the overall talent base of exceptional dancers this year, she was completely overshadowed.

Rickster

March 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

careful, Skeeter…. you make irishmafia mad and they might whack you with a shillelagh!

:-)

Susan

March 28th, 2012
12:34 pm

Enter your comments herethey need to mix it up a bit. Same pros with same type dancers year after year. Except they finally brought Derek down a notch by not pairing him with someone with hidden dance experience. How obvious that incredibly nice nd talented tony winds up season after season with either a basket case or someone who truly would need more time than this show allows or training. There is something sad about women that are overweight such as sherry and they feel such a need to be “loud & proud”. It’s almost as if they’re trying to cover up the true sadness & bitterness about their weight. Cases in point: Kirstie alley (who I like). Wendy Williams & now that obnoxious sherry shepherd!

Bo Ring

March 28th, 2012
12:53 pm

Martina was terrible, as were others (and I would be as well), but she was particularly terrible. Good choice to get the boot.

Bo Ring

March 28th, 2012
12:54 pm

@ irishmafia

“Stars” is loosely used. The inclusion of “Chaz” last year should have told you that.

Pitchy

March 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

Hey, been trying to get in here…let’s see if this works.

Pitchy

March 28th, 2012
1:16 pm

Who woulda thunk all I had to do was use Chrome!

Pitchy

March 28th, 2012
1:41 pm

Good post, Say What @11:43. This is the best season ever. Everyone has rhythm which can only mean the dancing is going to get better. Martina was definitely out of her comfort zone, but I admire her for stepping out and giving it a try.

@gunga dun (sp?) – I’ve been trying to post all morning. You are RUDE!. Sherri probably has more charisma in her pinky finger than you have in your entire body! Shame on you.

Bo Ring

March 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

Pitchy @ 1:41 pm

Maybe he’s just sharing his “View” on her. :cool:

Pitchy

March 28th, 2012
3:15 pm

Good one, Bo Ring!

Texas Pete

March 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

Tennis players can’t dance. But they know how to luv!

food fight

March 28th, 2012
8:58 pm

the tuna net comment on tina’s dress was hilarious.

baloneyeeeezzzz

March 29th, 2012
3:56 pm

He he he , she said SHE BLEW IT.I bet that is a first.