Jive Didn’t Jibe With Judges: Tennis legend and AARP fitness ambassador Martina Navratilova was eliminated last night from Dancing With the Stars, the popular ABC show that pairs celebrities and athletes with professional dance partners and has the pairs compete in different styles of dance. Based on scoring from a panel of judges, one pair is eliminated each week—and this week Martina and her partner became the first contestants to get booted.
The most recent season of DWTS began March 19. In her debut performance, Martina joined dancer Tony Dovolani for a fox-trot. They didn’t receive great feedback from the judges, but no one was eliminated the first week.
This week, Martina and Tony danced the jive. She made several missteps (“I blew it,” she said afterwards), and the pair got the lowest combination of judge’s scores and viewer votes.
“It was an amazing experience,” she said during the elimination show, after hugging partner Tony Dovolani. “I just wish it had lasted longer.”
Something tells me Martina will take this loss in stride. Before the premiere of this DWTS season, the former tennis champ told AARP she wanted to do well, but the experience was more about stepping outside of her comfort zone and taking it on “as a challenge.”
Fifty-five year old Martina was one of three 50-plus contestants this season, along with Jack Wagner, 52, and Gladys Knight, 67. AARP will have an interview with Martina about her whole DWTS experience later this week.
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