Ron Artest leaves Dancing with the Stars mostly because he didn't understand its audience
Two days into Dancing with the Stars, and there's already blood on the dance floor.
NBA star Ron Artest was ejected from the show Tuesday night, mostly for committing the one cardinal sin of the competition: Not understanding -- or pandering to -- its audience.
Last season, about 70 percent of Dancing's viewers were female; its target audience is likely middle class, middle-aged females. So why did Artest play the freaky Dennis Rodman card in his debut Monday, stepping out with newly-dyed blonde hair, a non-sensical name change (legally known as Metta World Peace) and movements so bad judge Len Goodman pronounced him "all sizzle and no sausage."
The simple explanation is that, ensconced in the bubble of NBA stardom, Artest had no idea how his bizarre antics played with average people. Or, he decided early on he didn't care much about the competition, which he said on camera he only entered because his young daughter asked him to do it while undergoing cancer treatments.
Either way, it wasn't hard to predict that a bizarre-looking, arrogant-seeming mediocre dancer who didn't seem to take things seriously would be the first one out the door. Still, it helps the show when a big name is sent packing early -- lends the sense that anything can happen -- and when a NBA star has to hit the bricks, even a egotistical Kardashian sibling must get the sense that they could be next.
As usual, late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel broke it down better than anyone. Check his analysis below, along with a clip of Artest's first dance, as proof of Kimmel's words: