Martina Navratilova first to be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars 2012
By FnF Desk
PUBLISHED: Mar 28, 2012, 17:42 pm IST | UPDATED: Mar 28, 2012, 17:42 pm
Keywords: Dancing with the Stars 2012 DWTS Martina Navratilova eliminated William Levy Gladys Knight Maria Menounos Sherri Shepherd Jack Wagner Donald Driver Roshon Fegan Melissa Gilbert Katherine Jenkins Jaleel White
LA: There was no upset when the time came for one hopeful celebrity to walk away from Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars. Tennis ace Martina Navratilova, 55, and singer Gavin DeGraw, 35, made up the bottom two on Tuesday, and Tom Bergeron had to enunciate Navratilova's syllables when the dread time came.
She had been at the very bottom of the leader board.
A visibly relieved DeGraw rushed to commiserate with his defeated fellow contestant, telling the Czech: 'It was an honour to be on the stage with you.'
Navratilova told co-host Brooke Burke Charvet, 40, that her time on Dancing With the Stars "was an amazing experience. I just wish that it had lasted longer."
Navratilova, who has 18 Grand Slams to her name and won the women's singles title at Wimbledon a record nine times was sanguine. She said: 'I gave it everything I had, but I blew it yesterday and it cost me, unfortunately.
'Hopefully I get to the do the jive the last week here. I look forward to coming back and I wish everybody good luck.'
The athlete and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani scored 20/30 points on last week's premiere with their foxtrot, but struggled with their jive yesterday.
The pair finished in last place with a cumulative 37/60 points. The remaining contestants include William Levy, Gladys Knight, Maria Menounos, Sherri Shepherd, Jack Wagner, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins and Jaleel White.
The top scorers based on the judges' ratings after two weeks were Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney Channel star Fegen and telenovela actor William Levy.
To ease the tension, Matt Nathanson's performed Run with Sugarland, who also performed their hit The Incredible Machine.
Audience members included Katie Couric, and last year's controversial contestant Chaz Bono, the transgender son of superstar Cher.
His casting brought protests from some bigots and an outpouring of support from others, including his mother who cheered him throughout many of his performances.