Wednesday, March 30, 2011

'Dancing With The Stars' Results: Mike Catherwood Is The First To Go

The 'Love Line' co-host says he made a 'lifelong friend' in partner Lacey Schwimmer.
By Kelley L. Carter

Lacey Schwimmer and Mike Catherwood on "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday
Photo: ABC

For about a week now, much of the talk about "Dancing With the Stars" has focused on whether Chris Brown would (or should) perform on Tuesday night's elimination episode.

Fortunately for fans of dance, Brown's pre-taped performance of "Yeah 3x" and a medley of "Forever" and "Beautiful" was relatively uneventful, so the R&B singer didn't eclipse the show's true focus: who would be the first person booted from the 12th season of the popular ABC show.

It seemed to be not too much of a surprise when "Love Line" co-host Mike Catherwood's name was called. The low-scoring dancer — who was partnered with Lacey Schwimmer — had improved from last week by four points, but it clearly wasn't enough to spare him for another week.

Top-scoring celebrities Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley, Chris Jericho, Hines Ward and Romeo were among the judges' favorite dancers and easily were saved for next week.

Last-place dancer Catherwood was in the bottom three with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and talk-show hostess Wendy Williams. When the radio personality was told by host Tom Bergeron that he would be leaving, he talked up how valuable his short time on the show had been.

"It's been nothing but a pleasurable experience," he said, thanking fans of his radio show and his "Dancing With the Stars" peers. "It sucks to be sent home first, but I've made a lot of good friends. America obviously knows that Lacey Schwimmer is a beautiful person on the outside, but everybody needs to know she's equally, if not more, beautiful on the inside. I've made a lifelong friend."

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