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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Maybe David Hasselhoff should have sported a Speedo on the dance floor.
The former "Baywatch" lifesaver was the first celebrity contestant cut from the new season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday after performing an arthritic cha-cha.
The judges variously described his turn during Monday's performance round as "very bizarre" and "a potpourri of insanity disguised as dance."
Hasselhoff went into the elimination round tied at last place with unsteady comedian Margaret Cho and under-rehearsed MTV reality star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.
Viewers declined to come to his rescue when it was their turn to supplement the judges' scores.
Afterwards, the 58-year-old actor described his brief tenure on the show as "a great ride," while his daughters attributed his poor performance to bad knees.
The dance continues for singers Brandy and Michael Bolton, political progeny Bristol Palin, reality starlet Audrina Patridge, retired sportsmen Kurt Warner and Rick Fox, former Disney Channel child star Kyle Massey, "Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson, and "Dirty Dancing" veteran Jennifer Grey.
"Dancing with the Stars" was the second-biggest show on TV last season, behind "American Idol," averaging 20 million viewers. Reigning champ is Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, who teamed with pro dancer Derek Hough.
Reporting by Dean Goodman; editing by Todd Eastham