The hip-hop star was a hit with the crowd — but not the judges — on 'Dancing with the Stars'

By Lynette Rice
Updated September 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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It didn’t feature quite enough cha cha for judge Len Goodman, but Vanilla Ice’s first performance on Dancing with the Stars was definitely a showstopper.

Clad in what he described as an “OG throwback” outfit, Ice and pro Witney Carson brought the house down with his cha-cha-light number to his 1989 mega-hit. He didn’t seem to skip a beat when performing his hip-hop moves, as evidenced by the huge response from the crowd (and the tears in his eyes after he finished).

“Hey, respect man. I loved watching that dance because it’s terrific,” said Goodman, before adding. “There wasn’t enough cha cha.”

Judge Julianne Hough agreed, but still couldn’t contain her enthusiasm for the former hip-hop star. “That made me so happy I cannot even tell you. You’re an awesome dancer. I just want to see some more content.”

The lack of content hurt him in the end — he and Carson only earned a 25 out of 40 (and that included a mere 5 from Goodman).

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