In the first round of eliminations, unfortunately, Charles Oakley and his partner Emma Slater had to leave. They appeared on Good Morning America the next day and reflected on the same. They both agreed that they put up a good fight even though they were the first ones to be eliminated. The 56-year-old NBA star and his partner were up against Carole Baskin in the bottom two.
Good Morning with Charles Oakley
Post elimination, when Oakley made an appearance on Good Morning America, he just had one thing to say. He admitted that their main motive was to put up a fight. He wasn’t upset about being eliminated. Further, he explained that its just business. He continued,
The Heart-throbbing moment
Charles Oakley was in the bottom two along with Tiger King’s Carole Baskin. Judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Derek Hough had to make a tough decision of saving one pair. Tyra Banks, the host, explained that if two of the judges were divided, the third one would cast the decisive vote.
Inaba chose Baskin which Tonioli chose to save Oakley. However, the tie-breaker decided to save Baskin and Pashkov. Thus, Oakley and Slater had to head home. Oakley admitted to having made mistakes throughout the week but was proud of his final dance performance.
Oakley’s challenge and Slater’s experience
Oakley mentioned that they caught him off-guard in the first week. He made a few errors. Nevertheless, he really enjoyed his last performance and considered it to be a 10 out of 10. Further, Slater shared her experience working with Oakley. She expressed that it was fabulous and that she would miss rehearsing with him. She continued,
He’s so positive and so optimistic and that’s what I love about him. He kind of reinforces that in me, so I had the best season.