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Martina Navratilova first to leave Dancing with the Stars; does anybody notice?



martina-navratilova-440.jpgIt's always odd -- and rare -- to see a pro athlete who doesn't move very well.

That's why it's surprising to see tennis legend Martina Navratilova take the long walk first on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, undone by some obvious mistakes made during a Foxtrot on monday where she missed a step or two. Or three.

But the biggest question is whether anyone is paying attention.

Producers this year drafted a lineup of competitors stripped of the show's usual mix of reality TV stars, gossip magazine fixutres or oddball comics, leaving a slate of competitors packs with faded stars and unknown performers.

Even the show's legendary spark plug, diva dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, has mostly been a pussycat, partnered with brittle ex-child star Melissa Gilbert -- a person so emotional she cries when he compliments her.

Entertainment Weekly reports ratings for Tuesday's results show were down 30 percent from the first spring results show in 2011. Bad sign.

Given renewed competition from The Voice and a desperate American Idol, it ill be interesting to see if this drama-free, star-challenged line up can stick to the top of the viewership charts.


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:40pm]


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