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?

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Galaxy 4 number 2

    she is in.

    September 28, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Every move you make every breath you take

    Every simile you fake....we'll be watching you.- Love Betty

    September 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. All that hard work you put into "that"

    i do not depart that quickly. the drummer knows all.

    September 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WiredSue

    Even Betty White can drum too police

    September 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sue

    I am 50 with 4 inch heels on and i am still the bell of the wired bimbo ball.

    September 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jules

    Who cares? This show stopped being about "stars" a long time ago. Now it's mostly c/d list wannabes, that mostly don't care about. Valarie Harper's participation is insulting to cancer patience everywhere. Surely one wouldn't over state the seriousness of one's "illness" in order to jumpstart their long (long) dead career???
    I admire Leah Remini's decision to escape the cult of Scientology, and I suppose that gives her some small rise above the others. The rest, who cares? We already know sympathy (warranted or not) will propel Harper into the win.
    At least Mary Tyler Moore has the good sense to age gracefully. Something Harper and Betty White need to take note of. White is the most disgusting elderly woman I've ever laid eyes on. I expect any day to see her pop up on DWT(wannabe)S. The only stars are the dedicated, talented dancers who take these lumps of coal and try to teach them something.

    September 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Meh

    Guys are supposed to supress their basic instincs but these darn broads are allowed to walk around darn near naked and then they get shocked when we stare at with it bltches

    September 25, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    Who cares....I miss Anna Trebunskaya!

    September 24, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. jujubeans

    As long as they keep Carrie Ann! She's hawt!

    September 24, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • big richard

      Did you see her top-less video? You'ld have to put them together to make one good one!

      September 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |

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