April 22nd, 2009
11:08 AM ET

'Dancing' star beams during exit

*** Warning: The following blog post contains "Dancing With the Stars" spoilers. If you'd rather not know anything, stop reading now. ***

Lawrence Taylor looked much happier on the golf course than twirling on the dance floor, so it seemed he was relieved when he was booted off “Dancing With the Stars” last night.

Host Tom Bergeron couldn’t resist teasing the former football star about his wide smile after it was announced that Taylor and professional partner Edyta Sliwinska were leaving the show.

The couple got pretty good reviews for their waltz on Monday, despite a slight wardrobe malfunction that left Sliwinska tangled in her dress for a moment.

But Taylor seemed uncomfortable during rehearsals for the exuberant ‘60s-inspired group dance, which was reprised during the results show.

Last night’s program had some surprises. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta made an appearance in a taped segment about how great dancing can be as an exercise. Other experts talked about how the stars have lost pounds and inches since starting their grueling training regime, calling the show literally “survival of the fittest.”

The results show also included a segment in which six professional dancers hoping to join the competition next season (including one named Mayo and another named Snow!) showed off their skills and TV presence. Viewers can vote on which pro is their favorite.

One odd moment during that segment: Dancer Genya Mazo somehow got smacked in the mouth during the dance and was visibly bleeding as the judges critiqued his and his partner’s performance.

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  1. Maven

    I wish they'd finally give Edyta a decent partner. She's always been my favorite of the Pros, but she always gets the worst partners. 😦

    April 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TIM LOGAN

    This is a fun show. We get to see different people in different circumstances than they are normally in. It is tough and I have respect for most. Some should never have been on. (I am thinking of the rap singer) It is what it is, enjoy.

    April 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Linda

    Poor Edyta, having to dance with clothes on!

    April 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Milore

    Not everybody is cut out for dancing in front of millions of people. Also, not everybody is comfortable with the physical closeness and lack of clothing. It's not prudish. And I admire a man (or woman) who is concerned about keeping the respect and sanctity of his marriage in tact. And as much as I like Edyta (she's a sweet heart), Ginger Rogers could dance in ANY gown!

    April 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andi

    I hope Edyta gets a decent partner next season. She deserves it. She and Karina who also seemed to get the short end of the stick this season.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lily

    While this show is just harmless fun, it bugs me that these people are so eager for attention and fame. Going on this show just screams "Desperate!" to me, even though I'm sure some of them have better intentions. Seems like the athletes, like LT and Shawn Johnson, really are professional competitors, so that is probably why they go on. But Denise Richards? Come on.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patty

    EDYTA is one of the most beautiful dancers ever. Please give her a good partner next time!!!! One that appreciates her and her lack of clothing. If I had her body, I'd dress like her!!!!

    April 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gloria, El Paso,TX

    LT seemed very uncomfortable with Edyta from the very beginning. She is very clingy ,half naked with every costume she wears and it was obvious he didn't care for that behavior or the costumes.It became very apparent when they were allowed to design their costumes for this week. The dress he designed actually had material to cover her body. I was very impressed with his design. The dancers are getting out of control not only in the costumes they are now wearing but their actions.It's like they don't care that the spouses are in the audience

    Sometimes the choreography looks kind of vulgar and seductive, not suitable for young children to watch. Seems like every year it's less and less clothes on the dancers. I think it is very disrespectful. LESS IS NOT SEXY. NOTHING IS LEFT TO THE IMAGINATION ANYMORE.

    That 60's dance was ridiculous.I'm from the old school and let me tell you,I never danced like that in the 60's. I don't remember seeing anybody dance stupid like that.

    April 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Angie

    LT – what a nice humble person you are – Not everyone is cut out for dancing – you are Football and Golf – Good Luck Big Guy!

    Great show but it takes up too much time – what with all the extra antics and unnecessary entertainers and entertainment. We need to have it done in one hour

    April 22, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Shouldn't it be named
    "Dancing With the Almost Stars"
    or "C list Wannabe Stars?
    Has there ever been a real star on this show?

    April 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lori

    Why does the token black man always have to be a football player? Can't we have a WHITE football player or a black man who isn't a football player, like David what's his name (who was terrible and cheezy)?

    April 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MARY LOU

    I REALLY ENJOY THE SHOW AND I FELT THAT PERHAPS LT DID
    NOT REALLY 'WANT' TO DANCE. HOWEVER, I FELT HE DID GIVE
    IT A MORE THAN DECENT WHIRL!
    I LOVE TOM BERGERON BUT I AGREE WITH BETHANY – GET RID
    OF SAMANTHA HARRIS !!! SHE ASKS THE DUMBEST QUESTIONS !!
    SURELY YOU CAN FIND A BETTER 'PARTNER' FOR TOM THAN HER!
    KEEP ON WITH THE SHOW, BUT CUT DOWN ON THE 'EXTRA' ITEMS
    THAT YOU HAVE ON THE RESULTS SHOW AND GET DOWN TO
    REALLY TAKING TIME TO GET THE REAL RESULTS IN AND TIME
    TO GIVE THE JUDGES A LITTLE CHANCE TO SAY MORE TO THE
    PAIR GOING OFF THE SHOW.

    April 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Teresa

    Janet, If I had Edyta's body, I would wear less than she does now. Hard work having a body like that.

    April 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dianne

    LT, what a gorgeous man you are! A dancer? Well, that remains to be seen. But I have enjoyed watching your "season with the dancing stars", and you should be proud that you held your own for so many weeks. I think the comment that sums up your relationship with Edyta came early in the season when you asked if you would still be married to your wife after a particular dance routine you had been practicing. I admire your dedication to your marriage; others should be so caring!!

    April 22, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carol

    Samantha needs a script! Ad-libbing is obviously NOT her thing!

    April 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Malori

    shawn will win it =].

    April 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. deb

    GOOG THING LT IS GONE, HOPEFULLY THE COWBOY GOES NEXT WEEK HE DANCES TO STIFF.

    April 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sandy

    Janet . . . obviously you don't know much about dancing or professional dancers. Did you not see what happened to Edyta when she put on more clothing? It's costume hazards like this that she and other dancers are trying to avoid. Watch the Ballroom Competitions on TV and you'll see that she is not unique in what she wears. Pay special attention to the Latin dances and the Jive.

    April 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. CONNIE

    Yes, LT was very glad to leave the show. I thought he had charm and tried to learn the dance steps. It just wasn't in him. Enjoy yourself, LT, on the golf course.
    Samantha has to go. She asks the dumbest questions..!
    That Gilles....ooo la la....

    April 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. LISA

    I havn't seen LT smile that big the whole season. Clearing he wasn't enjoying this experience; I feel he could've done much better if his heart was in it. He was ready to get back on the golf course, no doubt

    April 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. CraigR

    LT seemed to be uncomfortable as the weeks went on. He was a terrific athlete and foot ball legend, but dancing is a different world. I thought he was relieved to have it over. He seems to be a very nice man and I enjoyed his participation in the competition.

    April 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Lydia

    I was glad to see him leave. He didn't want to be there and he wasn't as good as some of the former athlete celebrities. Also, that juvenile attitude during the group dance rehearsal was very bad.

    April 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Woohoo

    Who cares, everything about this show sucks...

    April 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. john

    he was more than happy to go i think... i do hope edyta gets a better partner next season. she is one of my favorites... especially since she tends to wear less clothing each week – her costume (designed by LT) may have been the downfall! WE WANT MORE SKIN SHOWING FROM EDYTA –

    April 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Elaine

    Micheal Jordon, said to be the greatest basketball player to ever play the sport, can't play baseball...LT said to be one of the greatest football players can't ballroom dance. Some of us a gifted in some ways and not in others. Let the man play his gulf.

    April 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JANET

    EDYTA PUT ON SOME CLOTHES. HOU RAUNCHY CAN YOU GET

    April 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bervick

    How incredibly silly. Dancing star beams during exit, picture follows and then a spoiler alert. Should have said "If you're blind and stupid, continue reading now to find out who it is".

    April 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bethany Dafler

    It was either LT or Ty, and at least Ty seems really interested in trying to learn the different dances, etc. I will take this opportunity, however, to suggest two improvements to the show ... first, get rid of Samantha Harris & her stupid post-dance and other interviews. Let her go home & get something to eat, for heaven sake. More importantly, stop cramming so many special guests and other "fillers" into the results show and get back to allowing sufficient time for post-decision chat with the star and pro departing as well as some of the commaraderie with others during the final dance.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Donna-Colorado Springs, Co.

    L.T. was happy to leave and didn't mind showing it! He did try hard to learn the dances, but he just did'nt have the grace that the other football players who have been on the show have shown. He loves golf and was relieved to be leaving. Nothing wrong with that.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  30. pamela

    LT was obvious he did not want to be on this show. He seemed extremely moody and uncooperative for Etyda. Poor Etyda, hopefully she will have a better candidate next time.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Overby

    Who cares which one gets booted??? Not a single one of these people is any kind of 'star'...

    April 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sam

    Kind of silly to post a spoiler warning when you can see the picture and his name quite easily.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jayring

    Obviously, ethernet, you care or you wouldn't post after the article?

    Childish to read an article and then post such drivel if you don't "care". Run off and find something you like and read that instead.

    As for Lawrence, I think he did try as much as he was able, but his mind was not always there. He had a very good run for this season, and some of his dances where he got to groove a little, were very fun!

    April 22, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kristin

    I think he (or from things he said, his wife) was really uncomfortable with the physical contact and sensuality between him and Edyta. He was too scared of making his wife mad to really get into the connection that makes ballroom dancing beautiful.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jennifer

    As if last week he made an off the record statement to a syndicated radio morning show stating that he could not wait to get booted off. LT was more excited about playing golf, if that was the case, he should have turned down the offer to be on DWTS and let the other's that truly want to be in the competion have a better chance of competing.

    April 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. ethernet

    Its dancing with the stars! Who cares....

    April 22, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  37. mIKE

    What is LT thinking? Hanging out with Edyta as long as possible would be great!

    April 22, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  38. Carol

    To me it seemed obvious from the start that LT was not comfortable with his possition as a 'dancing star'. He seemed to have a bad attitude and an unwillingness to work with Edyta. Watching their body language it appeared they didn't have a good dancing relationship from the beginning. Could be he was embarrassed that he wasn't doing as well as the other football players on shows in the past. I'm glad he was voted off and it should've happened sooner. The others work hard and seem to genuinely want to win the compition.

    April 22, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |

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