Former NFL football star Keyshawn Johnson joined an elite group of stars that were the first to go on “Dancing with the Stars.” On Sept. 23, the former NFL wide receiver was the first star voted off season 17. He joins an elite group that was founded by Trista Sutter from “The Bachelorette” way back on season one in 2005.
Traditionally, athletes do very well on “Dancing with the Stars,” but that wasn’t the case this time around. Throughout the years, professional athletes, ranging from UFC champions, Olympians, boxers, tennis players to Ultimate Fighting Champions and everything in between, have usually risen to the top of the leader board. Football stars in particular have done very well. Quarterback Kurt Warner finished in 5th place in season 11, Chad Ochocinco came in 4th during season 10, defensive tackle Warren Sapp landed in second place during season 7, as did Jason Taylor in season 6. More recently, Jacoby Jones came in third place during the last season of “DWTS.” The football stars that danced all the way to the mirror ball trophy were Emmitt Smith, who won season 3, and Donald Driver, who won season 15. So, what happened to Keyshawn Johnson?
Last week, his Cha Cha Cha fell flat during premiere week. The judges said that Johnson was too stiff and needed to work on his technique. Keyshawn, who adores being part of the “DWTS” cast this season, said on Monday, “My back has been against the wall before and I’ve always come out on top.” On Sept. 23, his Samba received better scores, but they weren’t high enough to save him. The judges noted that Keyshawn had more confidence in week two, but he was still a little rough around the edges. To see Keyshawn’s Cha Cha Cha, be sure to watch the video, above and to the left. Despite the poor reviews, Keyshawn Johnson wasn’t the lowest scorer. That honor went to Bill Nye, who survived elimination on Monday night.
According to ABC News, Keyshawn talked about his elimination and said on Monday, “I don’t really care at this point about whether we win or lose. It’s just the fact that I had the opportunity to learn from her (Sharna). I think she’s an amazing choreographer and her time will come. I wish I could have done more to help her out.” DWTS fans voted on Hollywood Life and agreed with the judges and public vote. Their poll asked, “Was it Keyshawn’s time to go home?” 69.9% of the respondents answered, “Yes, he wasn’t that good.” 30.41% said, “No, I was a big fan.”
So, Keyshawn Johnson joins an elite club of stars that were voted off “DWTS” first and landed in last place during their seasons. Trista Sutter from “The Bachelor” was the first to join the club and Keyshawn Johnson is its newest member. Here’s a look at other celebrities who finished dead last on “DWTS” and their professional partners
- Season 1: Reality star Trista Sutter (Louis van Amstel)
- Season 2: ESPN anchorman Kenny Mayne (Andrea Hale)
- Season 3: Political broadcaster Tucker Carlson (Elena Grienko)
- Season 4: Supermodel Paulina Porizkova (Alec Mazzo)
- Season 5: Model Josie Maran (Alec Mazzo)
- Season 6: Magician Penn Gillette (Kym Johnson)
- Season 7: Comedian Jeffrey Ross (Edyta Sliwinska)
- Season 8: Pop singer Belinda Carlisle (Jonathan Roberts)
- Season 9: Actor Ashley Hamilton (Edyta Sliwinska)
- Season 10: Actress Shannen Doherty (Mark Ballas)
- Season 11: Actor David Hasselhoff (Kym Johnson)
- Season 12: Radio personality Mike Catherwood (Lacey Schwimmer)
- Season 13: NBA star Ron Artest (Peta Murgatroyd)
- Season 14: Tennis star Martina Navratilova (Tony Dovolani)
- Season 15: Model Pamela Anderson (Tristan MacManus)
- Season 16: Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill (Tristan MacManus)
- Season 17: NFL star Keyshawn Johnson (Sharna Burgess)
Here is a look at the “Dancing with the Stars” leader board after two weeks of competition.
- Amber Riley and Derek Hough: 27 + 24 = 51
- Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: 24 + 26 = 50
- Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24 + 25 = 49
- Christina Milian and Mark Ballas: 22 + 25 = 47
- Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: 23 + 24 = 47
- Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: 22 + 23 = 45
- Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: 21 + 24 = 45
- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber: 23 + 20 = 43
- Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus: 21 + 19 = 40
- Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: 18 + 21 = 39
- Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess: 17 + 18 = 35 (eliminated)
- Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein: 14 + 17 = 31
New episodes of “Dancing with the Stars” air at 8 p.m. EST on Monday nights on ABC.
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