The O.C. actress, Mischa Barton, did not impress the judges of Dancing with the Stars Season 22 with her tango on Monday.
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Barton hit the dance floor with her dance partner, Artem Chigvintsev, for the first time, as the TV show premiered with a new set of celebrity performers. The 30-year-old actress had faced depression, DUI, and weight problems in the past. Her DWTS stint marks her comeback to showbiz but her performance did not leave a good impression on the judges. Judge Len Goodman, who came back to the show after leaving season 21, compared Mischa Barton’s dance moves to “walking.”
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“It’s not in my nature to be nasty, but that wasn’t a dance, that was walking,” Goodman said of her number. He told Barton that she lacked “attack, flair, fire” in her tango. Barton was one of the three contestants who got the lowest scores with 16 points from the three judges.
The O.C. actress expressed her disappointment over Goodman’s “harsh” remarks but was relieved that it was over. “I was more annoyed with stuff off the top, the actor-y [stuff],” Barton said to EW. “I don’t see all this stuff that they see all the time.”
“The thing is, when someone comes into a competition like this, it’s quite hard to commit in general, and then to come out for the first time and perform live, doing something you’ve never done before, I feel like there should be more encouragement,” Chigvintsev said, defending Mischa Barton.
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Marla Maples, Donald Trump’s ex-wife, and deaf America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle Dimarco stole the show with their impressive dance numbers. Dimarco and partner Peta Murgatroyd got tons of praise for their excellent team effort. Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera, 72, who joked he is “the only Puerto Rican who can’t dance” got the lowest score of the night.