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Keyshawn Johnson First To Go on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Video)

By Alexandra Ward   |   Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 01:32 PM

Former NFL star turned ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson was the first celebrity contestant booted from "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night after his samba failed to impress the judges and voters.

Johnson and his pro partner Sharna Burgess scored 18 out of 30 possible points on Monday's episode of the ABC competitive reality dancing show before the cut was made.

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"I had a great experience," Johnson said on "Good Morning America" Tuesday, the day after his elimination. "This was harder than football because football is just natural for me… For a guy that's never even bobbed his head in the car, the fact that I could have the experience of dance... is something amazing to me."

Fan favorite Bill Nye the Science Guy escaped elimination and improved on last week's performance with his Beethoven-inspired paso doble, while "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu, "Glee" actress Amber Riley, and former "Saved By the Bell" cast member Elizabeth Berkley sailed to the top of the pack.

"King of Queens" star Leah Remini, who announced over the summer that she was leaving the Church of Scientology after 30 years, struggled a bit with the pressure she says she's facing.

"The church is looking for me to fail, so they say to their parishioners, 'See what happens when you leave the church?'" she said to pro partner Tony Dovolani as they rehearsed last week for Monday's samba.

Remini and Dovolani's samba earned them a score of 24.

"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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