Ron Artest, who formally changed his name to Metta World Peace last week, has become the first celebrity contestant eliminated from ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
It's an unfortunate, immediate end for what could have turned into an ongoing charity booster for the Cancer Research Foundation. Peace announced earlier this month that he would be donating all of his winnings (including the initial $125,000 participation check) from each round he won to the charity. Alas, his first routine with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd was declared "atrocious" by judge Len Goodman — leading to the lowest score of the competition with 14 out of 30.
See ya, Peace!
Not that the 31-year-old NBA star didn't see this one coming, saying earlier in the year amidst rumors that he was potentially a contestant that "I can't dance." In the end, it was Metta's daughter who convinced him to give it a shot. "She said, 'Daddy, you can do it,' " Peace recalled. "It's going to be fun."
But back to that new name that has everyone talking. Artest, who is passionate about philanthropy and animal rights, decided on the new moniker after, according to his publicist, "many years of research and soul-searching to find a first name that was both personally meaningful and inspirational."
"Changing my name was meant to inspire and bring youth together all around the world," World Peace said in a statement. "I'm glad that it is now official."
You can check out Metta's first and last performance on "Dancing with the Stars" below.
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