September 24th, 2013
09:35 AM ET

The first celebrity eliminated from 'Dancing' is ...

Keyshawn Johnson won't be asking Tom Bergeron to just give him the darn Mirrorball Trophy this year.

The former NFL receiver was the first celebrity contestant eliminated from the 17th season of "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday, capping a two-hour marathon that saw all 12 couples perform a Latin dance before learning their fate.

Johnson struggled during his two weeks on the show, moving like a broken-down robot at times while his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, did all the dirty work. But Johnson was pleased with his effort, saying that getting the opportunity to dance was what counted the most.

Some fans thought Bill Nye was doomed to defeat this week, as he earned the lowest score for a second straight week (although his Beethoven-inspired paso doble did land a 17, up three points from last week).  But "The Science Guy" has become a viral sensation thanks to "Dancing," with more than three million people checking out last week's "Weird Science" cha-cha on YouTube.

He even had a number of lab coat-wearing MENSA members in the audience rooting him on last night. Could Nye be in it for the long haul?

We also learned that "Dancing" head judge/resident crank Len Goodman will be taking a few weeks off to focus on his judging duties on the British show that inspired it all, "Strictly Come Dancing." Actress/dancer/singer Julianne Hough, who won the fourth and fifth seasons of "DWTS" back in the day, will serve as a guest judge on October 7. We presume big brother Derek, who's partnered with Amber Riley this season, will be extremely nice to Julianne between now and next month.

ABC did not elaborate on how long Goodman will be out, or if there will be other guest judges in the interim.

Check out the video above to hear from Keyshawn Johnson, Bill Nye and others on how last night went, and tell us what you thought about Monday's episode. Did the right celebrity get the boot?


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