As much as the studio crowd might have been rooting for World Peace, they didn't get it. Basketball star Ron Artest — now known as Metta World Peace — couldn't garner enough votes with his cha-cha and was the first to go on season 13 of "Dancing With the Stars." The field of 12 competing couples was trimmed down to 11, and the L.A. Lakers player and partner Peta Murgatroyd were sent packing.
The first elimination round was action-packed. The professional dancers kicked things off with a sizzling group number set to an amped-up version of Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory," followed by the gradual, performance-interspersed reveal of the couples named to the bottom three: Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, Metta and Murgatroyd and later Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus.
The headlining performers for the evening included musician/actor Harry Connick Jr. and self-described party rockers LMFAO. Connick wowed the crowd with his soulful rendition of the titular number from his upcoming Broadway revival, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." The expectedly energetic and colorfully dressed LMFAO kept it classy for network TV with a medley of their new single "Sexy and I Know It" and their summer dance club sensation "Party Rock Anthem."
After his cha cha with partner Peta Murgatroyd, Artest earned the lowest score of the week with 14 points, and became the first contestant voted off.
When the news was delivered, Artest - true to his new name - threw up his hands joyously and smiled, not seeming too shocked or down by his loss.
"Who's coming with me?" the 6'7", newly blond star asked the crowd.
"Everybody give a round of applause to Peta – she was awesome!"
"I had a great, great time," he added, and we're so glad to hear it.
He's awesome. Who do you think will win DWTS with Metta out?