MARY Wilson put on a stellar performance but it was not enough to save her as she was the first celebrity eliminated from Dancing With The Stars in their first live elimination on Monday.
Judge Len Goodman said he had to choose between his heart and his head when asked to make the final decision between sending home the 75-year-old singing legend or Ray Lewis.
“My brain says I’ve got to save Ray and Cheryl,” the head judge said.
Mary hadn’t let anything stand in her way as she took on those half her age in the competition. The Supremes singer flaunted her lithe legs in a white thigh skimming outfit with sexy fringing as she danced the Cha Cha to Think.
The show had kicked off with Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek dancing the Cha Cha to Dancing on the Ceiling.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer then revealed that he was celebrating his birthday as he took to the dance floor.
The 48-year-old put on an endearing display in the hope of winning votes as he danced with partner Lindsay to Shut Up And Dance With Me. “It’s the first time I’ve spent my birthday on a dance floor,” he told the judges.
Sailor Brinkley-Cook celebrated having a full week to rehearse with a sensual rumba with her partner Val. The daughter of model Christie Brinkley had stood in at late notice for her famous mother when her wrist got broken during rehearsals.
Ray Lewis had been criticised for his footwork after dancing the foxtrot with his partner Cheryl. Judge Len Goodman called him out on his “rise and fall”, or lack of, and suggested that Ray only got so far because his personality had carried him through, however, he went on to save him from elimination.
A viennese waltz for Ally Brooke and Sasha had Bruno out of his seat. “You can dance, let me tell you,” the judge told her after she concluded her dance to Iris.
Len Goodman narrowly avoided the wrath of Karamo’s mother-in-law-to-be.
The Queer Eye star explained that his partner’s mother used to be a dancer for fifty years and she jokingly threatened Len if he handed out another 5 in the marks. Sadly, Len didn’t love Karamo’s Quick Step, calling it ” a little hectic for my liking,” before passing comment on the star’s footwear and awarding him a 5 again. However, Bruno praised his dance for “such panache, such flair.”
The Office star Kate Flannery looked stunning in a grey gown as she did what Len described as a “wonderful wonderful job,” of the foxtrot with dance partner Pasha.
Kel Mitchell danced a funky samba to Every Little Step. Carrie Ann Inaba remarked that it had “more sophistication this week.”
Lamar Odom was the first saved, along with partner Peta, after he put on a solid performance in green. “What’s not to like,” asked Len.
Bachelorette star Hannah Brown dazzled in a viennese waltz which Len described as the “dance of the night”. The 25-year-old reality television star had opened her dance with an American Beauty inspired scene, as she lay on a bed of petals. She scored the highest marks of the night from the judges.
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It’s the first time the new elimination rules have been in place on the show. Instead of viewer votes, the contestants are now eliminated by the judges after votes determine who’s in the bottom two.
Fans were less than impressed after neither Ray nor Mary were at the bottom of the leaderboard on the ABC show- that honour went to Lamar Odom.
“Len giving Karamo and Sean Spicer the same score in one of the most outrageous things I’ve ever witnessed on this show,” one round.
Others felt sorry for Khloe Kardashian’s ex husband. “I know Lamar didn’t do that well but he looks so heartbroken and sad. I just want him to enjoy the moment and not be so hard on himself,” said another Tweeter.
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