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Mischa Barton pushed to tears during first 'Dancing With The Stars' appearance

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Marilyn Malara
American actress Mischa Barton attends the British Academy Television Awards at Royal Festival Hall in London on April 26, 2009. File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI
American actress Mischa Barton attends the "British Academy Television Awards" at Royal Festival Hall in London on April 26, 2009. File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Mischa Barton stepped out on the wrong foot during her first performance on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, according to judge Len Goodman.

After the O.C. actress and partner Artem Chigvintsev underwhelmed with their one-dimensional tango routine on Season 22's premier Monday night, Goodman immediately shot to the point, saying, "That wasn't a dance."

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"It's not my nature to be nasty," the returning judge began. "That wasn't a dance, that was walking...There wasn't a little bit too much just walking around...and not enough tango, attack, flare, fire -- that was all missing."

Barton became visibly upset after hearing Goodman's remarks. Her routine garnered a total of 16 points in total from the three judges.

"I was more annoyed with stuff off the top, the actor-y [stuff]," Barton told Entertainment Weekly afterward. "I don't see all this stuff that they see all the time."

Her partner Chigvintsev added, "The thing is, when someone comes into a competition like this, it's quite hard to commit in general, and then to come out for the first time and perform live, doing something you've never done before, I feel like there should be more encouragement."

In a blog for People, Barton wrote that training for Dancing With The Stars has been "overwhelming," but she does appreciate her partner's dedication.

"Artem didn't let up or take it easy on me, and I appreciate that," she wrote. "He can be tough and strict, but he's never mean. I don't mind that he's a little hard on me because I know that means he's taking this seriously just like I am."

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