Dancing With The Stars Season 11 kicked off last night on ABC and perhaps the two most talked about stars, Bristol Palin and Mike The Situation Sorrentino, made their debuts along with 10 others. While there were some notable performances, such as those by Jennifer Grey and Brandy, millions were more than curious to see how Palin and The Situation would fare.
(To learn more about Dancing With The Stars Season 11 cast members, click here.)
Bristol Palin with her partner Mark Ballas, performed a Cha Cha to “Mama Told Me Not To Come” and while Palin showed she can shimmy and shake, she isn’t quite to the sizzling level yet.
Wearing a conservative office outfit that she tore off to reveal a sparkling short red dress with tassels at the beginning of the performance, Palin revealed a lack of confidence and strength, but still showed some potential to become a better dancer.
While her performance was not even closely disastrous like that of Kate Gosselin’s of Season 10, there is probably no chance that Palin will take home the mirror-ball trophy with the competition she faces from Jennifer Grey and Brandy.
Len called Palin’s performance an adequate first performance while Bruno told “Alaska’s Most Famous Daughter”, “I’m telling you….you come here out and actually shake those hips like pros.”
Before Bristol and Mark danced, Bristol explained that she is “just a regular girl” and that her time on DWTS is “definitely the most frightening thing I have ever done in my life.”
Bristol and Mark scored 18/30.
Mike The Situation Sorrentino
In many ways, Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s performance was like that of Palin’s in that while he did not flop, he definitely wasn’t Fred Astaire.
Yet, The Situation perhaps showed more potential than Palin at this point. At the beginning of his and partner Karina Smirnoff’s Cha Cha, The Situation jumped from the top of the three stairs onto the stage showing his strength, athleticism and grace.
But the fact that Mike had only practiced for four days was definitely evident as he relied on some disco-like movements with his hands and arms and seemed a bit shaky at times.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the ab man, “I want to see what you bring back next week.”
Inaba also advised him, “You’ve got to get rid of the ’80s thing. I’m not sure. I think we’re done with that now.”
Len Goodman, the toughest of the three judges told Mike, “I’m in an awkward situation, Situation. Because the thing is, I think you’ve got potential. You’re young, you’re fit. You’ve got every requirement to be a good dancer.”
Mike and Karina earned 15/30 points.
Sources: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=11686858, http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/09/21/the-situation-isnt-so-bad-on-dancing-with-the-stars-video/