Fans of Dancing With the Stars were forced to say goodbye to Team Schwimmerwood last night, as radio host Mike Catherwood (aka Psycho Mike) and his partner Lacey Schwimmer were the first castoffs of season 12. But the L.A. native, who is currently the co-host of Loveline Radio with Dr. Drew Pinsky, bowed out gracefully and was grateful for the experience!
“Everyone knows Lacey Schwimmer is a beautiful person on the outside but everyone needs to know she’s equally if not more beautiful on the inside. I’ve made a lifelong friend,” Mike told the audience of his dance partner after the tough elimination.
Chris Jericho and his partner Cheryl Burke were the closest with Mike and Lacey and very sad to see the duo leave.
“I think we were the closest to them,” Cheryl shared after the elimination. “I think we hung out all the time in the studio. He’s really funny.”
“Mike is really funny and I think he had one of the greatest exit performances of all time.,” Chris told reporters after the live results show. “But he’s a cool guy too. I was really proud of him because all you can do in this contest is improve on your previous week’s performance. And he did that, he did a great job, so he can leave with his head held high, that he did the best he could possibly do and he went out on top. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
Chelsea Kane told OK! she is really going to miss Mike and Lacey’s humor and energy.
“I’m going to miss both of them so much, I’m so bummed,” she told OK!. “Mike and Lacey were the classic clowns, they were so funny. And Mike is the king of one-liners. Mike was always the one that would say something funny to me before I would perform and kind of loosen me up a little bit.”
Mike was certainly disappointed to say goodbye, but grateful for the experience.
“Naturally we’re disappointed, we didn’t want to be sent home first,” he shared with reporters after elimination. “But there’s an infinite amount of positive stuff that came from just being involved up to this point, and I try to focus on that.”
“He’s thrilled he doesn’t have to rehearse anymore!” Lacey chimed in.
“I’m thrilled about not having to dance anymore, and that’s not to say I don’t appreciate dancing, the one thing I have developed is I’ll never dance again for the rest of my life, I’ll just say that. Unless they invite me back for some comedy reason,” he quipped “But I’ve noticed that I now have a tremendous appreciation for the art of dance that I didn’t have before.”
“I used to, if I had to sit through professional performances I would change the channel or be playing “Angry Birds.” But now I appreciate posture and movement. But you will not see me on your local dance floor anytime soon.”
Watch Mike and Lacey’s journey on DWTS below! Are you sad to see him leave?