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"Dancing With the Stars" gives Navratilova the boot

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tennis star Martina Navratilova became the primary casualty on "Dancing With the Stars" 14th season on Tuesday, as judges and therefore the TV show's fans gave her jive to "Tell Her concerning It" the thumbs down.

Navratilova, dancing with partner Tony Dovolani, was booted from the favored tv ballroom contest show when their jive dance on Monday received rock bottom scores from the judges within the second week of competition.

Navratilova, 55, one amongst the best women's tennis players in history, was philosophical, saying "it was an excellent expertise," though she said she wanted she may have stayed longer.

"But I blew it yesterday, and it value me," she admitted.

Two different bottom finishers based mostly on the judges' ratings, Melissa Gilbert and Gladys Knight, were each declared safe from elimination early within the live episode. Viewer votes combined with judges' ratings decide that star is eliminated every week.

But one amongst the judges' top-rated competitors, Roshon Fegen, was among the dancers facing doable elimination when fans apparently did not vote in line with the judges' raves concerning his quickstep on Monday night's performance episode.

The other bottom finisher with Fegen was musician Gavin DeGraw, who can live to bop another week.

The top scorers based mostly on the judges' ratings when 2 weeks were classical singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney Channel star Fegen and telenovela actor William Levy.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova poses for a portrait in big apple April seven, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Highlights of the Tuesday's elimination spherical included Matt Nathanson's performance of "Run" at the side of Sugarland, who conjointly performed their hit "The unimaginable Machine."

Audience members included Katie Couric, and last year's controversial contestant Chaz Bono, the transgender son of superstar Cher whose casting brought protests from some corners and an outpouring of support from others, together with from his mother who attended many of his performances.

"Dancing With the Stars" annually is among the top-rated U.S. TV shows with a formula that pairs B-list celebrities, sports stars and singers with skilled dancers performing sambas, waltzes and different dances across a ballroom floor.

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