Ryan Lochte ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Premiere Routine Protested (VIDEO)

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Ryan Lochte DWTS

By Michael Lewittes

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Ryan Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke did a foxtrot to Michael Buble’s “Call Me Irresponsible” on Monday’s “Dancing With The Stars” premiere, but it was marred afterwards when protesters rushed the stage. Watch the video below.

Before his routine, Lochte expressed that he was afraid that he’d fail. He said his biggest regret is “letting other people down.” Lochte added that he wanted to “prove to the world that I’ve changed… This is my second chance and I don’t want to blow it.”

But as Lochte was about to be critiqued, two men rushed the stage and protested Lochte. Security, however, took down the individuals (video below). There were also others in the stands who wore T-shirts that read “Lochte” with a red circle and a slash across his name, chanting “liar.” Derek Hough went up to the protesters in the audience and told them to “get out.”

The two men apprehended on the stage were later taken away by the police and charged with trespassing. The incident, however, was not shown on TV. Afterwards, Lochte said he was “hurt” because he came out with a “big smile.”

Carrie Ann Inaba felt he should only be judged for his dancing and told Lochte, “You brought your best to this ballroom.” And Len Goodman said, “You’ve performed to a high level and people should be proud of you.” For his inaugural dance, Lochte and Burke received a total of 24 out of 40 points. Check out the videos below of the protesters, as well as Lochte and Burke’s fotxtrot to Michael Buble’s “Call Me Irresponsible” on Monday’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

Gossip Cop earlier busted a completely inaccurate article that alleged Lochte was not interested in rehearsing for “Dancing With The Stars” or that motivated to win. According to a National Enquirer story, the Olympic swimmer prefers “enjoying L.A.” and its lifestyle over practicing dance routines. A rep for Lochte, however, exclusively tells Gossip Cop he’s “fully dedicating himself” to the competition show.

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