Ryan Lochte once again stole headlines last night for the wrong reasons on the season-premier of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after a pair of Brazilian protesters rushed the stage while he was receiving feedback from the judges. The protesters, wearing white shirts that said “Lochte” with a slash through them, were apparently upset over the incident in which Ryan Lochte and 3 of his teammates urinated on a gas station bathroom, and then Lochte tore down a sign and told reporters that he was robbed at gun point.
None-the-less, the show did go on. Above, see Lochte and his partner Cheryl Burke, one of the most popular “pros” on the show, perform a Foxtrot to the song “Call Me Irresponsible” as performed by Michael Buble.
Once the show resumed, Lochte and his partner Burke received a total of 24 points out of a possible 40 from the panel of four judges. Contestants advance in the show via an audience vote, via phone, which is open until 60 minutes after the live airing of a show in any given timezone; or via ABC.com.
Below, see an ABC News Report that includes footage and photos of the stage rush, as well as a video of the protesters being handcuffed posted to Twitter by People Magazine reporter Patrick Gomez. That ranked them tied for 8th out of 12 pairs.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 13, 2016
— Patrick Gomez (@PatrickGomezLA) September 13, 2016