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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.

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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Who's Going Home First? Also, Julianne Hough is Returning!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:00AM
'DWTS' 13 CastIt's difficult to predict just who's going to be eliminated on tonight's results show of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

The scores ranged from 14 for pro basketball player Ron Artest (a.k.a. Metta World Peace) to 22 each for singer Chynna Phillips and 'All My Children' actor J.R. Martinez.

Since Artest's pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, is also new to the show it's not like she's bringing in a lot of votes. Still, pro athletes have always done well on 'DWTS.'

How did the stars and pro dancers think they did? AOL TV was on the post-show press line to get reactions.

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Ron Artest on 'Dancing With the Stars': All About the Eccentric Basketball Player

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 30th 2011 10:45AM
Ron Artest, the eccentric L.A. Lakers forward who just signed on to Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' has had a career filled with more twists and turns than a samba routine.

Born and raised in the projects of Queens, New York, Artest played college basketball for the St. Johns University, where he gained a reputation as a defensive stopper, versatile scorer. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 16th pick of the 1999 NBA Draft. Since then, he's played for the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets and Lakers in 12 NBA seasons.

While playing for the Indiana Pacers in 2005, he was one of the central figures in the infamous Brawl at the Palace in Detroit. After a fight between players on the court had been broken up, a fan threw a cup of ice on Artest, who then charged into the stands and threw several punches at the fan, sparking a massive players vs. fans melee that will be remembered as one of the ugliest incidents in NBA history. For his role in the brawl, Artest was suspended for the remainder of the season.

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