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Dancing With The Stars: Sugar Ray Leonard Will Miss The Show

April 14, 2011 02:00 PM by Allyson Wells

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and professional partner Anna Trebunskaya were the latest pair to be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.  Ray was obviously very disappointed, especially after being nicknamed the “Sugar Plum Fairy” by judge Len Goodman.  Upon learning he was eliminated, Ray told host Tom Bergeron he thought very highly of the show and it was one of the greatest experiences of his life.  He is continuing to speak out about the show and his partner Anna.

Ray told People Magazine, “Everyone has an optimism about themselves, and I’m very confident that I did enough to maintain.  But that’s life.  Life is surprising sometimes.  Life is shocking sometimes.  But you know what?  I’ve gotten down, and I’ve always gotten back up.” 

He also revealed he was most bummed about being eliminated because he was finally hitting his stride.  “The highlight was Monday night, you know, and what I did.  I performed and I found myself improving and I saw myself improving.  I went home and saw myself on TiVo and I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I get it, I get it!’  I wish there was more time.”

Anna will also miss working with Ray and spoke in high regard of him.  “He was absolutely the best performer that I’ve had.  I’ve never had to explain to him how to hear the music or where the beat is.  He has the beat and he can tell you all about it.  He can show you.”  Ray was even willing to go to ballet class with Anna to master his waltz.  Ray boasted that he was going to continue to take ballet.  It will be interesting to see if he does.

Besides Ray and Anna being disappointed over their elimination, so was Kirstie Alley.  She said, “I’ve known Sugar Ray for a long time.  He’s one of the most amazing, dear people in the universe, and it really is sad that he’s going.  I love him.”

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  1. Alex Says:
    April 14th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Although Sugar Ray was not my my favorite, he put more into being on the show than did Kendra has the entire time, especially classical week. She stated she, “didn’t care” in her video and then cried afterward, WHAT? Well, despite her following she should have been cut right off the bat! She didn’t even try and the judges called her on it so crying on camera after her attitude towards the weeks work didn’t touch me at all or anyone else I know. At least Sugar Ray put 110+% into every weeks dance, she has not. All she wants to do is shake her a#$ off and personally I don’t want to see it anymore. She should be next to go home and shake her self off TV as well.


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