DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 2201" - "Dancing with the Stars" is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network. The premiere episode kicks off with an exciting and dynamic opening number, featuring all of the celebrities and dancers, along with returning head judge Len Goodman. The night continues with each couple dancing a cha cha, fox trot, jive, tango or quickstep, vying for America's vote for the first time. (ABC/Adam Taylor)TOM BERGERON, MISCHA BARTON, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEVBut tell us how you really feel!

"The O.C." alum Mischa Barton was eliminated second on "Dancing With the Stars" Season 22 in the spring of 2016. The only reason she didn't go first is because Geraldo Rivera is one of the worst dancers of all time. Mischa was clearly unhappy, and she did not hide that unhappiness in a recent interview with The Ringer, where she slammed the show and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev.

Here's part of her talk with Allison P. Davis of The Ringer:

"Ugh," she shudders when I bring up her recent, fairly unsuccessful run on Dancing With the Stars. "I had no idea it would be so bad."

"I got told off by my dancer. I was supposed to control the costumes, I was told that I could do the design aspect of it, that's kind of the reason why I agreed to do it," Barton says. The DWTS team had been making her an offer for years, Barton says, but she held out until she could have more creative control. "That didn't happen. It wasn't collaborative like a choreographer on a film set. ... I was so confused by it. It was like The Hunger Games. It was all a popularity contest. It was awful. I was so glad to get kicked off."

Hey now, Katniss would not appreciate comparing "The Hunger Games" to a popularity contest. That was more about skill. DWTS has judges and their scores are meant to balance out the audience vote, so it's not purely about popularity. Mischa and Artem did have the lowest score in the week they were eliminated, but it was Mischa's attitude that seemed to sour the experience:The Ringer said ABC did not respond to a request for comment on Barton's claims. Celebs have their own contracts, and special requests, but they don't usually have control over their costumes or the pro's choreography.

Barton did put on a brave face at the end. Before her elimination, she told TV Guide her enjoyment of DWTS "wasn't really represented" in the editing, "but it's really fun. That's not the angle you ended up seeing. I'm loving it."

DWTS will put more contestants through this dancing "Hunger Games" when Season 24 premieres in March 2017.

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Dancing With the Stars
ABCTVPGJune 1, 2005
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