It’s the guilty pleasure of millions of television viewers and on Monday night (September 20) “Dancing with the Stars” began its 11th Season.
And with a cast that includes Bristol Palin, Michael Bolton, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Brandy, David Hasselhoff, Margaret Cho, Audrina Patridge, Florence Henderson, Rick Fox, Kyle Massey, Kurt Warner and Jennifer Grey, it looks like this round of DWTS will be quite the spectacle.
The celebrities and their partners gathered outside ABC studios to pose for pictures before heading inside to compete.
Derek Hough, who is partnered with Jennifer Grey, told press, “Tonight we don’t think about scores, first or front-runner. Tonight was just special. We got to dance to a song that is so iconic.”
The 2-hour premiere proved to be a spectacle, with all of the couples gracing the dance floor and giving it their all. Among the highlights:
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani were the first to perform, with all eyes were on the former Hills star who was clad in a tight yellow number. Dancing to the song “California Gurls”, Audrina performed a brief solo dance before being joined by Dovolani. The TV star seemed a bit nervous, but she definitely put it all out there and did her best to squash the nerves. After positive feedback from the judges regarding Audrina’s performance and her potential, the two received a score of 19/30.
Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer really wowed with an enthuasiastic performance of the Cha cha cha. All of their fast-paced moves seemed to be on-point, and the judges must have agreed, as they received 23 stars for it. Judge Bruno told Massey: “You are an entertainer. It’s brilliant!” Judging from the crowd’s reaction to their performance, it seems likely that Lacey and Kyle will continue to bring the heat.
Comedian Margaret Cho tries her hand at dancing this season with partner Louis Van Amstel. The pairing is sure to be interesting, but their first performance failed to impress the judges. Cho incorporated some humor into the dramatically-themed number, and some believe this may have worked against their score. Louis and Margaret got a 15/30, but surprisingly they managed to hang onto their spot through Tuesday’s elimination show.
Another professional athlete made his premiere on the DWTS Monday night, and to a good response. Former NBA player Rick Fox is paired with Cheryl Burke, and despite the height difference, the two have dancing chemistry. As they performed the Viennese waltz, Burke and Fox radiated elegance. The handsome basketball star sported a cream-colored suit to match Burke’s fancy white and tan gown. The duo took third place on Tuesday, with a score of 22/30. The Boston Herald published Carrie Ann Inaba’s response to Fox’s performance: “Rick, may I call you Mr. Fox, because I think you are a fox,” she declared. “That was amazing. Your posture was ridiculously gorgeous and when you hit your lines, there was so much grace and elegance. I was blown away.”
R&B singer Brandi shined in a fancy gown as she and dancing pro Maxim Chmerkovskiy floated around the dance floor. The two received positive feedback from all of the judges. According to a live review of the show, Len Goodman was quoted as calling it “fabulous”. Bruno echoed the praise, saying he loves brandy and after this he wants “more and more”. Judge Carrie called Maxim and Brandi’s waltz beautiful, but warned the singer to be careful with her strength. A super-excited Norwood jumped up and down as a score of 23/30 was announced.
Former Brady mom Florence Henderson teams up with Corky Ballas this season, and he has his hands full. Not in a bad way, though. The 76-year-old actress is full of wit and energy… and she can move! The two got an 18/30 for their performance of the Cha cha cha.
Reality TV star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino only had 5 days to rehearse with partner Karina Smirnoff, but the duo absolutely entertained. Despite a fun performance, the judges were harsh when it came to The Situation, with Len Goodman telling him: “You’ve got the guns, but not the ammunition.” Karina and Mike received a lower score of 15/30, although the Situation took it in stride and vowed to be back next week with something better.
Jennifer Grey paid tribute to her late friend and Dirty Dancing co-star Patrick Swayze during her and Derek Hough’s waltz. The performance even got judge Carrie Ann Inaba emotional, and the two scored 8, 8, 8, for a total of 24/30, the highest of the night. Waltzing to the song ‘These Arms of Mine’, Grey and Hough “graced the dance floor with ease and distinction that wasn’t seen in the other contestants”.Of course it doesn’t hurt that Jennifer has a dancing background, which will certainly serve as an advantage over the other celebrity competitors.
David Hasselhoff and Kim Johnson entertained to the fullest, and the “Hoff” loved every second of their performance. However, the judges didn’t think he could dance. The “Baywatch” actor ended up scoring the lowest among his celebrity dancing peers, narrowly losing out to Kyle Massey on Tuesday’s elimination show.
And like a good sport, David was gracious and chose to focus on the positive aspects of his time on the show.
“It’s been a great ride. I feel bad for Kym [Johnson, his pro partner] because she worked so hard to try and get me where I was going. I’m just so proud that my daughters are here and got to see me go this far. So, it’s great.”
The next “Dancing” session will take place Monday, September 27, at 8 P.M. E.t. on ABC.
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