Lochte earns standing ovation during DWTS elimination

Ryan Lochte isn’t leaving Dancing with the Stars with the mirror ball trophy, but he did leave with a big boost to his image.

The Olympic swimmer went on the hit reality show hoping to revive public opinion after a scandal during the Rio Olympics, where he admitted to lying about a robbery.

Upon his elimination Monday night, Lochte earned a standing ovation from people in the audience.  Earlier in the night, voters awarded him a win in the season’s first dance-off.

This comes just weeks after Lochte’s debut attracted protestors who stormed the dance floor during the live broadcast.

Lochte is also newly-engaged.

The Halloween-themed episode saw frightfully good scores from front-runners Laurie Hernandez, Calvin Johnson and James Hinchcliffe.

Hinchcliffe was forced to dance with pro Jenna Johnson after his partner, Sharna Burgess, was sidelined due to a knee injury.  Doctors told her to rest her knee for three to six weeks.

Dancing with the Stars airs at 8 p.m. on abc27.

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