is over, and boy was that a big boon for ABC. Now, the network is looking to make a second straight ratings homerun with an new season of its dancing juggernaut, Dancing with the Stars
There are 13 new celebrities, plus two brand-new professionals to add to the lineup. Tonight, we'll find out which couple can boogie with the best of them. We've also been hearing all sorts of news about injuries, and we'll get confirmation on whether recently dumped bachelorette, Melissa Rycroft
, and recently single Playboy bunny, Holly Madison
, will be replacing Jewel
and Nancy O'Dell
Ooh, intro to the Dancing with the Stars
theme song has been updated. I like it. The grand staircase has been update too. The couples make their way down the stairs to the floor, but two teams are missing. I'm sure hosts Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris will explain why. If it's possible, I think Samantha has gotten even thinner. She's bordering on Skeletor territory here. Haha, Tom makes a Jackass
joke at Steve-O
A new component introduced in this season of Dancing with the Stars is that the bottom two couples facing elimination will "dance off" to determine who is dismissed in the first weeks of competition. So everyone will come back to dance next Monday, and tonight's scores will be added to next week's.
The first couple to dance in season 8 is Lil' Kim
and Derek Hough
. Lil' Kim first watched Dancing with the Stars
in prison with her prison bitches. (I think she was in prison for perjury.) That's actually really cute. Tonight, they dance the cha cha cha, and she is wearing this really fringey, metallic thing, just like costume designer Randall Christensen promised. He didn't tell me about her tremendous rack, though. Their cha cha is awesome. Lil' Kim has great rhythm, a great swagger and a lot of attitude. I'm curious about what Len Goodman will say about it. Actually, Len calls it "first class," but still comments that she has to work on her posture. Bruno Tonioli, the resident horndog, calls it "nasty but tasty." Carrie Ann Inaba rounds out the judges' comments with some more positive words, plus a few tips on shaking off the nerves. And the scores: Carrie Ann gives 7, Len gives 7 and Bruno gives 7, for a 21 out of 30.
and Jonathan Roberts
are the second couple. They've got the waltz first, and Belinda has a very hard time with the spins because she gets really, really dizzy. She says in rehearsal, "Maybe you should keep a bucket nearby," but actually, on stage, she seems to have gotten her dizziness a bit more under control. She looks incredibly stiff, however, and she doesn't move her neck at all when she spins, giving her an oddly mannequin-like look. Altogether, I'm bored with their routine. Bruno compares her to Cloris Leachman
, grand dame of comedy from last season of Dancing with the Stars
. Carrie Ann advises her to trust Jonathan more and let him lead her. Len is actually the most gracious of the judges, pointing out that she was graceful and elegant in parts. The scores: Carrie Ann gives 6, Len gives 6 and Bruno gives 5, for a 17 out of 30. The crowd boos the low scores.
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-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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