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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Ron Artest Talks About Exiting, Will Chaz and Lacey Dance to a Cher Song?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke Charvet, Peta Murgatroyd, Ron ArtestIt bites having to leave 'Dancing With the Stars,' especially when you enjoy being there as much as Ron Artest did.

But the pro basketball player focused on the positive after host Tom Bergeron announced on last night's results show that Artest and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd would be the first couple to leave Season 13.

Artest is a lesson to us all in having to embrace a change that we might not be so thrilled about having to make.

The couple earned the lowest score on Monday's show and this was Murgatroyd's first year as a pro dancer so she's yet to build a fan base like veterans Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have. That combination apparently proved to be the duo's undoing.

AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to Artest and Murgatroyd about their exit and to some of the remaining participants to get their thoughts on what they need to do to stay in the game.

"I'm a bit disappointed," Murgatroyd admits. "We wanted to show the quick step and show how much he'd improved in one week."

Artest doesn't think that changing his name to Metta World Peace around the time of voting played a part in his exit. He feels perhaps that his competition simply wants the mirrorball trophy more.

"We have a great cast," Artest offers. "It was fun. We tried hard. Peta is awesome. I knew those scores were right. I messed up a lot in the dance. But we had a blast. I had a lot of fun."

Artest was practically elated in his final moments on Tuesday's results show. He says he wasn't happy about leaving, but he also didn't want his last seconds as a cast member to be unhappy ones. "I really didn't want to leave the last impression on TV being upset and sad. Peta and I had a great time. If we'd have another week, we'd have had more fun."

What did he learn about himself by doing the show? "I learned that my hips are tight," Artest quips. "But I knew that going in. They loosened up a little."

Athletes tend to do well on 'DWTS,' but Artest thinks it's certain types of sports stars who succeed on the dance floor. "Football players do a lot of foot drills," he notes. "Basketball players can rest when we want and we take big steps; football players are on their toes. It's no coincidence that football players have won this competition."

Murgatroyd says that she would love to return as a pro dancer next season and will continue to appear on Tuesday results shows.

Kristin Cavallari feels that having an established pro partner like Ballas can add to votes. "He already has his fans," she says. "I"m sure it helps a little bit."

"Peta's amazing," says Ballas, modestly adding "I don't think it really helps [having a more well-known pro.]"

With Artest gone the other dancers have to step up their game, especially ones with lower scores.

"I need to work on my footwork," says Carson Kressley, who performed the encore dance. "Entertaining people and getting them on their feet is one thing, but eventually I'm going to have to bring the footwork. That's what we're going to work on this week."

Chaz Bono happily reports that his mother, Cher, has been supporting his efforts and reached out to him after his performance on Monday night.

"She was really happy," he says. "She left me a great message and texts. She's been supportive and happy for me. I think she's surprised, too. Nobody in my family thinks of me as ever dancing. It's not who I am. I think I'm surprising people."

Past celebrities have danced to songs with which they're musically associated (e.g., Florence Henderson danced to the theme from 'The Brady Bunch.') Might Bono's pro partner, Lacey Schwimmer, incorporate into a dance a song associated with Bono's famous parents Sonny and Cher?

"Absolutely," she says. "If we are ever given the opportunity and if it was the right fit, we'd definitely do it."

"It would have to be the right fit," concurs Bono.

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 airs Mondays and Tuesdays, 8PM ET on ABC.

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Steve

I can't believe that he was the firat to get the boot. I don't care how bd or good any of them were. But that fact that they first off invited that freak chaz bono to be on the show it became a joke, and the fact that he, or she, or it wasn't the fist to go is ridiculous. If I want to watch a freak show I can pay a dollar at the county fair. And will not watch the show again until it (chaz) gets the boot. Until then it should be caled dancing with the freaks. Absolutely pathetic. I bet Sonny Bono has turned over in his grave about 20 times now.

September 21 2011 at 10:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
janeknightr

The show isnt the same anymore. Its a joke. The K-girls. No class. You dont yell out like that.Grow up.I would say the bottoms are Nancy Grace, Rob K. Chaz.. Chaz thinks because he didnt go home that he will prob go far. Its just there are worse than him.He amitted on an interview that he went on the show because he thought america needed to see this. Meaning throw it in our faces. You didnt see Carson making a big deal about him being gay. Chaz is the one making it a huge deal. Thats why people get turned off by it.

September 21 2011 at 8:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
mikie walker

i think nancy grace and chaz are the next to go. chaz was just awefull .and nancy danced like she was at someones wedding ricky lake was pretty good.the gay guy danced like he was at a big party not realy into what was going on.....

September 21 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
i345c8nn

ALL COLORED FOLK KNOW IS RAPE, ROBBERY, DRUGS, MURDER, AND WELFARE. FACT !

September 21 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Steve

Well said. I believe you got it all in. But the one thing you forgeot is that half of them don't know they have kids.

September 21 2011 at 10:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
i345c8nn

ALL COLRED FOLK KNOW IS RAPE, ROBBERY, DRUGS, MURDER, AND WELFARE. FACT !

September 21 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
B.Gee

If awkward Nancy Grace lasts another week, it's fixed. Keep grinning Nancy, bye bye time is coming!

September 21 2011 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bondobill20

artes has no class,thinks he is cute,how do they ever let someone like him on the show,thinks every white girl cant resist him, he is crap, keep on i wont watch the show anymore.

September 21 2011 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rane1313

Artest has being playing with his balls for far too long. He should use his new name in peace and get his azz to afganistan and promote his new name. Maybe then he will be good for something.
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September 21 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Vettedom

I thought Metta was on coke! He could barely ever leave his dang hat alone. He was inarticulate to say the least. His saving grace was making a relatively classy parting speech.

September 21 2011 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
franny

I AGREE WITH BARBARA; ARTEST SHOWED NO CLASS AT ALL.....MAYBE A FIRST CLASS CLOWN ! IF THEY WOULD HAVE STARTED OUT WITH A SLOWER DANCE HE MIGHT HAVE HAD A CHANCE, BUT TURNING HIM LOOSE LIKE THAT AND DRESSING HIM LIKE A PIMP DID NOT HELP. HE SHOULD BE IN THE GYM PRACTICING HIS JUMP SHOTS ANYWAY ! ! ! !

September 21 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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