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Peace out — Artest eliminated from Dancing With The Stars

Sep 20, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball player Artest arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles Reuters

For once, the votes of Lakers fans could not vault one of their own up the board. Well, that or they actually saw him dance.

Metta World Peace — the dancer and Laker formerly known as Ron Artestwas the first contestant eliminated from Dancing with the Stars during Tuesday night’s elimination show. Which was not really a shock if you saw his first dance (and if you didn’t we give it to you again below). He received the lowest votes from the judges and the fans did not save him.

Credit to Artest for being willing to put it out there. It was a cute story, he wasn’t going to do it until his 8-year-old daughter convinced him to. He is donating the money he did make to a cancer charity. Good on him for giving it a shot.

I’m sad this didn’t go on longer, and as host Tom Bergeron said, “I just mourn all of the antics that we’re going to miss from this moment on.” Mostly I’m sad because during the lockout I’ll take all the distractions I can get. Still, he gained a new nickname from one of the judges, “danceatron.” That’ll stick.

  1. cosanostra71 - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    I like his dance partner… wow!

  2. blueintown - Sep 21, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Did he react by tearing off his sequin vest and storming into the crowd to beat the crap out of the Kardashian sisters?

  3. awaywitwordzwatson - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Is it just me or is it that Artest’s appearance looked sinister? I thought he had a look of Dennis Rodman with a fu-manchu. Lol

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