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Chaz Bono did not leave Dancing With the Stars on the best of terms.

He and partner Lacey Schwimmer were fired up after their performance this week, with the usually reserved duo saying the judges' comments were "disrespectful."

They weren't complaining about the scoring that left them in last, but in particular to the way Bruno Tonioli compared Bono to a cute, fluffy penguin in his critique.

But after Chaz Bono's elimination became official, he gave a really nice farewell speech, and it seemed he and Schwimmer had put any hard feelings behind them.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer Pic

"I was quite angry," Bono, 42, said. "But I feel really good today. I'm not leaving the show bitter or angry. I'm grateful for Lacey and everybody I worked with on the show. It was a wonderful, life-changing experience. I'm so glad I did it."

Some people suspected World Cup soccer star Hope Solo could have been voted off based on her low score on Monday night and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy's outburst at Len Goodman - but not Bono and Schwimmer.

"After the judges' comments and the scores last night, it was kind of no question [it would be us]," Schwimmer said. "It was almost as if they set it up."

Justified or not, Chaz is watching from the sidelines now, but he lasted six strong weeks, five longer than a lot of people (including himself) expected.

What do you think: Should he have been voted off?

 

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After a tense week on Dancing With the Stars that saw Maksim Chmerkovskiy call out Len Goodman and raise new questions of favoritism, who got the chop Tuesday?

With J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake sitting pretty at 29 points, the other five dancers were pretty much all in jeopardy heading into the dreaded DWTS results show.

Last night saw Maksim Chmerkovskiy man up and apologize for his comments Monday, but would that be enough to save his partner Hope Solo from elimination?

  • Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus

Was last night the end of the line for Hope, Chaz or Nancy?

Of the top seven celebrities remaining, J.R., Ricki, David Arquette and Rob Kardashian were safe, with one of the three couples now watching from the sidelines.

Chaz Bono had the lowest score of the week, with Hope not far behind. Did one of them get the heave-ho, or did the slowly-improving Nancy Grace fall from it?

Follow the jump to find out ...

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Chaz Bono has already lasted four weeks on Dancing With the Stars, more than a lot of people expected. But he's got plenty of obstacles still to overcome.

Chief among them? Shyness. Partner Lacey Schwimmer sought to help in that area, choreographing a routine requiring Chaz to shake it like never before.

How did that turn out?

All things considered, very well. It wasn't near the top of Monday's Dancing With the Stars scores, but in terms of personality and exceeding expectations, Bono continues to shine. Check out Chaz's sexy samba on Monday's show right here ...

Who do you think will win this season? Vote below!

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After weeks of hype, legendary singer/actress Cher was on hand to watch Dancing With the Stars in person Monday, generating major buzz in the audience and backstage.

Not that Chaz Bono noticed.

The controversial contestant, the first transgendered competitor in DWTS' 13 seasons, tried to tune out his mom - and stepmother Mary Bono, who was also there.

“I try to just focus on [Lacey Schwimmer] and what we’re doing,” said Bono, whose Rocky themed paso doble earned a standing ovation from his teary-eyed mother.

At the same time, ”It was a great night. It was so nice to have everyone here. It pumped me up. I know my mom was really proud of me and that was awesome.”

His performance wasn’t bad, either. Watch it, plus an interview with him, below:

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Monday's Dancing With the Stars performances captured a critical year in the life of each participant. For J.R. Martinez, that year was 2003, when he was wounded in Iraq.

For Chaz Bono, the most defining year has been this one.

Bono said '11 has been his most meaningful because "I'm happier than I've ever been," then danced a rumba to a song that his father wrote, "Laugh at Me." Its message: "If you have a problem with me, then it's your problem, not mine."

Unfortunately for the 42-year-old activist, who's drawn both ire and support as the first transgendered contestant on Dancing With the Stars, his positive attitude, courage and charisma simply don't translate to dancing skills.

His score of 18 landed him in last place for the second straight week, three full points behind the next lowest total. Barring an upset, he'll be out the door tonight.

If so, he'll do so what his held high. What more can one ask for?

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Chaz Bono battled gamely through the pain of inflamed knees last night on Dancing With the Stars, but couldn't top his previous week's score of 17.

Whereas last week, that was good enough to best some others, it was at the bottom of the heap last night, casting serious doubt on his hopes tonight.

"My knees just hurt so much," Chaz Bono said Monday. The judges praised his attitude, but said his quickstep was simply too slow and not up to par.

Here's the performance that left him in jeopardy, well behind Ricki Lake and every other contestant who took to the parquet floor last night ...

What do you think? Will Chaz Bono's controversial run on Dancing With the Stars conclude this evening, or will America vote to save him?

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As Dancing With the Stars' first transgendered contestant, Chaz Bono has been the subject of remarkably hateful criticism by certain viewers and groups.

Chaz's debut on Monday's Dancing With the Stars premiere wasn't notable for his cha cha skills - dude's not exactly light on his feet - but for his charisma.

His 17 points actually beat four other people, too, including NBA star Metta World Peace. Watch Chaz and Lacey Schwimmer earn a standing ovation:

Not only did Chaz Bono look like he was having the time of his life, he seemed confident, despite all the controversy and virtually no dance experience.

Those factors, boosted by sufficiently low expectations for the dance itself, garnered him widespread praise from the judges, even crotchety Len.

"You really came out with the right attitude. You came out to enjoy yourself, and that's what I felt you did. You're so joyous out here," Goodman said.

"Great debut, Chaz. You should be proud." Indeed.

What do you think of Chaz going on DWTS?

 

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Dancing With the Stars is set to kick off its 13th season in a matter of hours, and ABC is on high alert for "crazies" who have a thing against Chaz Bono.

Given the surprising backlash against the transgendered star's casting, network execs and producers are taking no chances for Monday night's premiere.

There have not been any credible, specific threats against Chaz Bono, TMZ reports, but the unprecedented level of hatred and controversy he's generated are no joke.

Chaz Bono Head Shot

Until further notice, Chaz will be given extra security while he's on the CBS Television City lot, where the show is filmed, and off the premises as well.

This isn't the first time DWTS has had to deal with security issues - there were several incidents with Bristol Palin - but it may be the most serious.

It's good to hear ABC will do whatever it takes to keep Chaz safe. Shielding the public from his bad dance moves, however, is a whole 'nother story.

What are your thoughts on Chaz going Dancing With the Stars?

 

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Chaz Bono stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show today to chat about competing on the new season of Dancing With the Stars, and the hurdles he's faced.

While he knew that, as the show's first transgendered star, some people would have a problem with him, he never expected the backlash to be this bad.

After he explained what it felt like to be in his shoes, Ellen was less diplomatic in pointing out the ridiculousness of those (cough, Dr. Keith Ablow) who are anti-Chaz:

Later in the interview, they received a phone call from his biggest fan - mother Cher, who didn't hesitate to lash out, like she has before, at the haters.

"If you got that excess time and that amount of hostility, I'm not sure I can say anything to you that would make you change your feelings," she said.

"I don't know that I would have any magic words to soothe you, to comfort you into not being terrified of my child on Dancing With the F--cking Stars."

How awesome is Cher?

She did admit that she's worried about one thing: Chaz's dance moves. "You doing this dance is about as scary as you making 'the change,'" she says.

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Dr. Keith Ablow recently suggested that watching Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars could "confuse" American youth and make them consider a sex change.

Not the case, a major industry group says.

The American Psychiatric Association says Ablow's assertion that seeing Chaz on DWTS will cause a spike in Gender Identity Disorder (GID) is unfounded.

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John M. Oldham acknowledges that GID is a psychiatric disorder but told TMZ that as far as watching Chaz do the samba is concerned, there's no connection.

"There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people," he said.

It may, however, infect you with bad dance moves if you try to emulate Chaz, if recent reports are to believed. We'll find out next Monday, September 19.

What's your take on Chaz joining DWTS?

 

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