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And the first celebrity voted off ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is …

In a screengrab, Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe dance the cha cha on the premiere episode of “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night.
In a screengrab, Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe dance the cha cha on the premiere episode of “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. Courtesy of “Dancing with the Stars”

Now that’s what you get for pouting and scowling on America’s happiest, jiggliest show.

Lolo Jones, the Olympian who frowned and complained her way through Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” 19th season opener, was the first star sent home during Tuesday’s results show.

On Monday, Jones performed a stiff, lifeless dance, and missed several of her steps, a flub up she repeatedly blamed on producers making a mistake with her cue.

Her judges’ scores combined with audience votes resulted in the fewest total points – fewer even than the points of 72-year-old designer Betsey Johnson, who got the lowest judges’ scores on Monday night.

Johnson, for her part, did not seem to understand a thing that was happening all night. She stared at partner Tony Dovolani in total confusion when it was announced they were “in jeopardy,” was caught by the camera plopped on the floor after a commercial break, and seemed to not understand that she was not in fact the one voted off. I’d be surprised if she knows even now that she’s returning next week.

But Jones knows. In her exit speech, she conceded that the stagehands victimized Johnson even worse than they victimized her, so Johnson deserved to stay.

I blame a language barrier, but I loved even more the exit speech of new professional Keoikantse Motsepe, a South Africa native who was Jones’ partner. When asked what it was like to dance with Jones, he said it was “interesting” before adding, “I came to this show just to show myself on T.V., and I’m so happy I did.”

How refreshing!

Tune in next week to see the 12 remaining pros try to hang on another week. The show airs at 7 p.m. on ABC, cable channel 10 in Wichita.

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