Ryan Lochte Gets Heat, Vanilla Ice Stays Cool In 'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere

Vanilla Ice at the American Music Awards
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Vanilla Ice at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 28, 1991.

Monday night's premiere of Dancing With the Stars brought unexpected drama -- not from its Season 23 cast of celebrity characters, but from irate audience members protesting the participation of disgraced Olympian Ryan Lochte.

Two men, wearing T-shirts with the swimmer's name crossed out, stormed the stage as judge Carrie Ann Inaba began to give her critique of Lochte's performance. Several other audience members, donning the same shirts, yelled "Liar!" from the stands. The men were grabbed by security guards, handcuffed and taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Although the show airs live, ABC did not show the scuffle on camera. Host Tom Bergeron quickly cut to a commercial break as Lochte and his partner Cheryl Burke stood in stunned silence.

Lochte became a target of negative public attention after admitting that he "over-exaggerated" claims about being robbed at gunpoint in during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He was suspended for 10 months and ordered to give up $100,000 in bonuses. He will miss the 2017 world swimming championships.

Earlier in the night, Vanilla Ice (real name: Robert Matthew Van Winkle) and Witney Carson lit up the dance floor with their take on the cha-cha. Clad in what he described as "O.G. original 'Ice Ice Baby' back-in-the-day throwback," Ice danced to his smash hit "Ice Ice Baby," which topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1990.

Although their performance was a bit lacking in cha-cha content, according to the show's judges, their high-energy routine electrified the room and brought the screaming audience to its feet.

“Hey! Respect man ... I loved watching that dance, because it’s terrific,” said professional ballroom dancer and judge Len Goodman, before adding, “The trouble was, there wasn’t enough cha cha cha in that routine." Judge Julianne Hough agreed, while also expressing her fondness of Ice: “That made me so happy, I cannot even tell you. You’re an awesome dancer. I just want to see some more content.”

Despite the show-stopping performance, the lack of cha-cha earned the pair a score of just 25 out of 40.

Vanilla Ice is currently on the road, performing dozens of dates across the U.S. before the end of the year. The coolest show of all: "Vanilla Ice on Ice," gliding into London's Alexandra Palace Ice Rink for three nights in December, where fans can skate during the performance.


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