Dancing with the Stars Elimination: Who Was Sent Home First?

Elisabetta Canalis and Ron Artest

Craig Sjodin/ABC (2)

updated 09/21/2011 AT 6:00 AM ET

originally published 09/20/2011 AT 10:10 PM ET

Elisabetta Canalis previously had luck in the dating department and Ron Artest continues to be one of the most popular basketball players in the NBA – but neither Dancing with the Stars competitor managed to impress in the ballroom during Monday’s night’s season 13 premiere.

Artest, 31, only scored 14 out of 30 points after completing his cha cha with partner Peta Murgatroyd. Canalis, 33, did fared one point better than Artest with her performance of the same dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Val.

Did one of the first week s lowest scorers get the boot? Or did another one the DWTS competitors face a surprise elimination?

At the end of Tuesday night, Ron Artest was the first contestant voted off the brand-new season of Dancing.

When the news was delivered, Artest, who was referred to by his new name, “Metta,” threw up his hands joyously and smiled, not seeming too down by his loss. “Who’s coming with me?” he asked the crowd. “Everybody give a round of applause to Peta – she was awesome!”

Said Artest: “I had a great, great time.”

Joining him in the bottom on Tuesday’s show: Nancy Grace.


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