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Dorothy Hamill drops out of 'Dancing with the Stars'

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A hugely tearful Dorothy Hamill bowed out of season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday night's results show, after it was revealed that nerve damage to her spine would become "possibly irreparable" according to her spine surgeon if she continued on in the reality show competition.
In an interview with the Sun-Times earlier this month, Hamill was overjoyed about competing on the show, following in the footsteps of other Olympic skating champs including Kristi Yamaguchi, Evan Lysacek and Apolo Anton Ono.

"It's been a wonderful ride. I wish I could stay but I can't do justice to the commitment," Hamill said, clutching tight to her pro partner Tristan MacManus.

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Sixteen-year-old Disney Channel star Zendaya stole the show on tonight's premiere of season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars" with a gorgeous contemporary dance routine that earned the night's loudest standing-o.

And rightfully so.

The bubbly teen (the youngest contestant ever in the history of the show), who's more at home with hip-hop and pop, proved she could dance as elegantly and passionately as many a seasoned dance pro. Her partner Val Chmerkovskiy doled out winning choreography for the pair, making her score of 24 from judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, the evening's chart-topper.

At the other end of the spectrum was comedian D.L. Hughley who managed only 12 points from the judges' paddles, including a biting diatribe from Goodman who proclaimed Boogie Fantastic's debut cha-cha-cha was simply "no good."

Olympic gold medal winner Dorothy Hamill, the most senior of the cast's celebrity contestants this season, was elegant, sophisticated and right on target with her turn at contemporary dance. With her partner, the always charming Tristan MacManus to lead her, Hamill earned a respectable 21 from the judges.

"Bachelor" Sean Lowe earned 19 points for his flat-footed fox trot with partner (and season 14 champ) Peta Murgatroyd. Goodman (who came out of the judges' dias with a vengeance tonight) commented that Lowe's quality of movement wasn't up to snuff.

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