Radio host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood and professional partner Lacey Schwimmer, the first couple to be eliminated from ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," today addressed rumors that producers asked them to tone down their chemistry because of their sexy dance routines.
"The people at 'Dancing With the Stars' did come to us and say you got to tone it down, but I think they meant you got to tone down all the extracurricular activities during your rehearsals because we'd like you to focus on dancing if possible," Catherwood said on "Good Morning America," revealing that he has a "penchant for disrobing."
"There was also a lot of unnecessary movements that really based around the pelvic girdle that they didn't like," he said.
"It was actually human resources that came to me," he joked.
Catherwood and Schwimmer earned the overall lowest score of the 11 couples, getting a combined 30 points out of a possible 60 from the judges for their fox-trot and jive.
"Some moments ... you are very, very good, but you look like a fly stuck on paper," judge Bruno Tolioni said, critiquing Catherwood's jive to "The Boys Are Back in Town."
Catherwood, the radio host who dishes out relationship advice with Dr. Drew Pinsky on the show "Loveline," took the criticism in stride.
"I just feel terrific; being voted off first it's a real boost to my ego and makes me feel good about everything in life," Catherwood joked on "GMA."
I mean honestly, there's a little bit of disappointed being eliminated first, but at the same time I have so many positive things to take away from this experience with 'Dancing With the Stars' that greatly outweigh being eliminated first."
Catherwood has proudly called himself the "least well-known person" on the 'DTWS' cast. His relative unknown status compared to celebrity competitors such as Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, Chelsea Kane, Kendra Wilkinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Hines Ward likely hurt him with voters.
He joins the ranks of past celebrities such as actor David Hasselhoff, singer Belinda Carlisle and commentator Tucker Carlson, who were all the first on their respective seasons to get the boot.
"To be mentioned with names like Hasselhoff and [Kenny] Mayne, it puts me pretty much on the Mount Rushmore of terrible dancers," Catherwood said on the show after being eliminated Tuesday night.
As for which of his competitors will take home the mirrorball trophy, Catherwood placed his bets on Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steelers' wide receiver.
"I'd put some money on that Hines Ward. Not only a beautiful man, but a heck of a dancer and he plays for maybe the most popular team in the NFL, the Steelers," Catherwood said. "He's a dark horse."
Catherwood, who has been sober since 2002, said overcoming addiction helped him take on his "Dancing" challenge. "Having … seen darker days definitely gives me a much higher level of appreciation for days like today and experiences like 'Dancing With the Stars,'" he said. "I don't take one day for granted because of it."