The pressure of learning two dances this week, a '60s-inspired number and a waltz, took a toll on football legend Lawrence Taylor, who was eliminated on the April 21 episode of Dancing With the Stars. In the end, the National Football League hall of famer, whose waltz failed to wow the judges (only scoring a 21), was ready to go.
“In the beginning he, thought he might win,” partner Edyta Sliwinska tells In Touch. “But after the first show, he realized there are better dancers here. He’s not delusional.” The challenging schedule of the show, coupled with the judges' comments, also hurt L.T.’s chances. “What he couldn’t stand was the judges' comments,” reveals Edyta. “He was fine otherwise, but he wants to be treated like a human being, and not a little kid."
"My run’s done, but I was happy to have had the chance and call it a day,” adds L.T. Next up for L.T. is a lot of golf, a deal with NutriSystem and a possible deal for his life story to be turned into a feature film.
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Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska
Eliminated: April 21
"My run's done, but I was be happy to have had the chance and call it a day."
Despite being eliminated, did you think you did a good job this week?
Edyta: We missed a couple of steps because of my dress, but I thought we did good.
Lawrence you got to dress Edyta this week, too — was that fun?
Lawrence: It turned out not to be a good idea.
Edyta: No, it was, come on.
Lawrence: You know, I was still happy with the dance, even though there were some things that we couldn't control that happened. I tell you what — we salvaged a 21, and I think that was good. I think the judges gave some positive comments as far as I was better than expected, so I was happy.
Overall, did you have a good time on the show?
Lawrence: It's been different. It's been a long competition. I have been here 10-11 weeks. It's a long competition, and my life is not like this, regimented anymore. I pretty much can do what I want when I want, so this is different for me and it gets long and tiring. I wasn't going to give it away. My run's done, but I was be happy to have had the chance and call it a day.
Did you enjoy the group dance?
Lawrence: It was fun while dancing, but not fun when you are worried about your other dancing and you still have five or six hours to rehearse the group dance. I stress enough during the week doing one dance, and now I have two? So it's what they do, and it's different.
Edyta: The truth with Lawrence is he was really stressing a lot. A lot of people don't know it, but the whole experience is probably the most stressful time he has had in the last 10 years. He's been trying to avoid stress and make life as stress-free as possible. He never watched the show before, and if he knew the judges and how tough they could be, and nasty they can be at times, I don't think he'd have done it and put himself in this situation. He takes criticism to heart and seriously.
What kind of reaction did you get from your football buddies?
Lawrence: I got jokes every day, e-mails everyday, but I didn't care. But they love Edyta and while they tease me, they're telling me not to forget to watch my lines.
Edyta: They knew more about the show than he did.
Lawrence: Oh, and they told me to watch that one judge, as he's real critical.
Will you keep dancing?
Lawrence: Ummmm… no.
Edyta: Dancing? No.
Lawrence: Dancing is good and all that, but there is no practical way to do it in the world I live in.
Edyta: Not in the morning, with the wife in the kitchen?
Lawrence: Hell no.