Tennis star Martina Navratilova is the first one eliminated on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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The judges couldn't find much to praise about Martina's jive on Monday.

“Sorry, buddy.”

Those were “Dancing With the Stars” host Tom Bergeron’s words to pro Tony Dovolani as the hoofer and his celeb partner, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, became the first pair eliminated from season 14 of the ballroom bash.

Sorry indeed. For once again, the likable pro was paired with a star who couldn’t take him farther in the competition. (But hey, at least Martina was very pleasant, unlike past partners who left the pro angry and frustrated.)

For her premiere dance, Martina delivered a flawed, 20-point foxtrot head judge Len Goodman called “too careful.” Her week two performance, the jive, lacked attack and wasn’t much better. In fact, the judges gave her a paltry score of 17. Judge Bruno Tonioli even told her, “I think that serve went into the net. You couldn’t keep up with the dance.” And Carrie Ann Inaba couldn’t find much to praise about it. “That was sad,” the judge said before adding, “I loved your attitude!” Ouch.

And the tennis great knew she had screwed up. “I blew it like I haven’t blown it!” she said after her performance. “I can’t believe I did that.”

Not surprisingly, her subpar performances landed her at the bottom of the leaderboard both weeks, with a total score of 37 out of 60.

Though her dance moves lacked the grace and precision that she delivered on the tennis courts, Martina had poise to spare and didn’t play the blame game when she said her goodbyes. “It was an amazing experience,” she said of her short stint on “Dancing.” “I just wish it had lasted longer. I gave it everything I had, but I blew it yesterday.”

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    The new cast of "Dancing With the Stars" was revealed on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Pictured here are Melissa Gilbert, Sherri Shepherd, Martina Navratilova, Maria Menounos, Gladys Knight, Jaleel White, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Gavin DeGraw and Jack Wagner. Not picture are contestants William Levy and Katherine Jenkins.

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    Donald Driver -

    Green Bay Packers' all-time leading receiver Donald Driver is a four-time Pro Bowl player. No. 80, as he's known on the gridiron, has also written three children's books: "Quickie Handles a Loss," "Quickie Makes the Team," and "Quickie Goes to the Big Game."

    He's paired with pro Peta Murgatroyd.
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    Gavin DeGraw -

    Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw is best known for his hit "I Don't Want to Be," which is also the theme song for the CW show "One Tree Hill." Other hits for the DeGraw include "Follow Through," "In Love With a Girl" and "Chariot."

    He's paired with season 13 dance champ, Karina Smirnoff.
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    Gladys Knight -

    Eight-time Grammy Winner Gladys Knight is known as the Empress of Soul. She and her group, The Pips, have had dozens of hit songs since the 1960s, the most notable of which include "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me."

    She's paired with pro hoofer Tristan MacManus.
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    Jack Wagner -

    Actor Jack Wagner has had memorable roles in daytime and primetime TV with "General Hospital" and "Melrose Place. He also has a successful career as a singer. He's released five studio albums since 1984, and in 1985, he had a top ten hit with "All I Need." In 2011, Wagner became engaged to longtime girlfriend Heather Locklear, but the two have since called off their wedding plans.

    He's paired with pro Anna Trebunskaya.
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    Jaleel White -

    Jaleel White is best known for his role as Steve Urkel on the '90s hit "Family Matters," but that's far from the only show the iconic character appeared on. White-as-Urkel showed up on "Full House," "Step by Step" and the blink-and-you'd-miss-it series "Meego." Since then White has remained busy voicing several animated characters and recently starred in Cee Lo Green's video for Cry Baby.

    He's paired with Kym Johnson.
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    Maria Menounos -

    Maria Menounos is an actress and "Extra" TV host. Menounos is best known for her role as Emily "Jules" Chambers on "One Tree Hill."

    She's paired with three-time "Dancing" champ Derek Hough.
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    Martina Navratilova -

    Former top-ranked tennis pro Martina Navratilova now acts as a sports commentator. During her tennis career, she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and set a record with 31 Grand Slam women's doubles. She's tied with tennis legend Billie Jean King for the record number of Wimbledon wins with 20.

    She's paired with Tony Dovolani.
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    Melissa Gilbert -

    Melissa Gilbert is an actress, writer and producer who's best known for her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder on "Little House on the Prairie." Gilbert married actor Bruce Boxleitner in 1995. The two divorced in 2011.

    She's paired with the bad boy of the ballroom, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
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    Roshon Fegan -

    Roshon Fegan is a Disney Channel star known for his roles as Ty Blue on "Shake It Up!" and as Sander Loyer in the "Camp Rock" movies.

    He's paired with pro Chelsie Hightower.
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    Sherri Shepherd -

    Actress, comedienne and "The View" cohost Sherri Shepherd has long been vocal about her interest in joining "Dancing With the Stars." In addition to her other TV duties, Shepherd has a recurring role on "30 Rock," where she plays the wife of character Tracy Jordan.

    She's paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy.
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    Actor and former model William Levy made his mark in 2011 when he starred in Jennifer Lopez's steamy video, "I'm Into You."

    He's paired with two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champ Cheryl Burke.
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    Welsh operatic pop star Katherine Jenkins has released eight studio albums since 2004.

    She's paired with pro pro Mark Ballas.
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On the subject of “blowing it,” fans of the show might also note that the judges screwed up the first two weeks of this season by appearing to grade certain pairs by different standards. (Just check out the comments on our Facebook page!) Yes, we’re talking about Melissa Gilbert and pro partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, who were criticized for their ambitious and not-all-that-bad dances, while others who made more obvious goofs (including missed steps) scored higher and received encouragement from the panel.

But it was the actress and the ballroom bad boy who were triumphant for this first elimination round. The two were the first pair Tom announced as safe for the week. With that revelation, Maks broke into a huge grin and excitedly pumped his fist into the air. It was perhaps the happiest we’ve seen the pro since the judges started nitpicking his partner in week one.

He wasn’t the only one to be uber excited to advance to the third week. When “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd learned her fate, she busted out with a wild celebratory dance that left the others in awe of her energy.

And speaking of energy, expect the ballroom to sizzle next week! Cuban actor William Levy, who earned many new fans when he debuted on “Dancing” with one of the sexiest performances ever seen on the show, revealed he’ll be dancing the salsa for personal stories week. Muy caliente!

Are you surprised that Gavin DeGraw and Roshon Fegan joined Martina under the spotlights of shame? Whose dance are you most excited to see next week? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page! Also, don't forget to join me next Monday at 8 p.m. ET for a live chat with fellow fans during the performances!

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