Though it’s been a while since Pamela Anderson showed up on the radar screens of most Americans, she got another 15 minutes of fame last night—but not in a good way. Anderson was the first celebrity eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” last night after an uninspired rendition of the cha-cha-cha.
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After their performance, Anderson acknowledged her subpar routine.
“I screwed up so many things,” she told pro partner Tristan MacManus. “I did terrible.”
Though Anderson got some praise from the judges for getting into the character of the dance, they attacked her on technique and content. “There wasn’t enough work there for me to praise you,” complained judge Bruno Tonioli. “You need to work harder!”
“I’ve been traveling a lot, and they’re right, I need to rehearse more,” Anderson admitted before her elimination.
Anderson teared up when she found out she had the lowest score. “I was ready for it for sure. We got the lowest score,” the actress said. “We’re going to dance together again. It doesn’t end here.”
As for the rest of the competitors, football legend Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke blew away the competition, performed as though they’ve been dancing together their entire lives. Their cha-cha-cha beat out the Foxtrot done by Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd.
Gilles and Peta earned 24 points out of 30, while Emmitt and Cheryl just slipped by them with a score of 24 and a half. All three judges had high praise for the routine, which looked effortless and downright fun.
“Well, having fun is part of dancing. If you can get the routine down and allow your own body to enjoy the moment and allow your personality to come out and enjoy the dance, it releases a lot of the pressure,” said Emmitt. “And you don’t worry about how you stack up. You just go out and have a good time.”
“It would be lovely to go second place to first, the end,” said Gilles. “I don’t want the stress.”
“I just want to stay in the 1 and 2s,” said Peta. “I don’t think it could have gone any better,” said Peta.
While Pamela Anderson and Tristan got 17, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy pulled off a higher score of 19 out of 30.
“Look, the bad news is we didn’t get as high a score as we would have liked, but the good news is it can only go up,” said Kirstie.
“Right up in there. We’re right up in there,” said Maks.
“We’re not dead last but, you know, it’s not where you want to be,” said Kirstie. “We’re not at the bottom but, you know, we’re close enough to scare the hell out of me.”