It's the Dancing with the Stars Season 10 premiere, and I'll be here all evening documenting and commentating as this season's 11 stars take the floor with their professional partners, Brooke Burke makes her DWTS hosting debut and the judges hand out praise and criticism for the very first dances of the season.
Welcome back, Brooke Burke!
Remember, there's no elimination this week. Tonight's performances are all about getting a feel for our cast this season, and the stars getting feedback so they can knock our socks off even harder next week.
Let's get to it! This is... the Dancing with the Stars Season 10 premiere! Liiiiiiiive!
Brooke looks lovely as she and Tom introduce the Season 10 couples for the first time: See them here!
Tonight we'll see every couple, with half performing the Viennese waltz, that the rest the cha-cha-cha.
In other news, the "holding tank" will be right out front this season, so the stars can sweat out their scores right in front of the audience.
Now... to the dancing!
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke
Song: "It's Just Begun"
"You came out like a tiger. You're a rough diamond. Improve your posture." - Len
"You have a huge
talent yet untapped." - Bruno
"There's some raw something
happening. I felt it. There's something primal." - Carrie Ann
Chad's got a big personality, and it shows in a great way on the dance floor. He was confident, smooth and smiling the whole time. The audience was eating it up. He has some work to do on the details, but the talent to get it done.
Scores: 6+6+6= 18
Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas
Dancing: Viennese Waltz
Song: "The Killing Moon"
"What a difficult piece of choreography. It was a little bit too difficult. You were swinging your arms around like a primate. Doing something that difficult is an achievement." - Bruno
"You had a really rough start, but as the routine progressed I saw you open up. I see something." - Carrie Ann
"You portrayed ease and elegance throughout. Overall you did a good job." - Len
Shannon is clearly devoted to trying her hardest, despite how nervous she also clearly
is to perform live. I felt her thinking too much. But it was elegant, despite some slip-ups and lack of smoothness. There's definite promise, emotion and drive coming in her trajectory on the show. And who can resist a loving father-daughter story?
Scores: 6+6+6= 18
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Song: "Tik Tok"
"You've got some moves, but need to work on sharpness." - Carrie Ann
"A challenging routine. You've got to work on straightening your forward leg." - Len
"You're bringing zest and vitality. You place your feet right on the beat." - BrunoI Say:
You'll learn it over the season, so you may as well learn it now: I. LOVE. Maksim. (Or "Maks-YUM," as I'm creepily prone to say.) So... I'm a bit biased. But, luckily, Erin earned my well wishes. She's got long limbs and still needs to learn to control them all the way through, but in that fast-moving, complicated routine, she held her own with the big Russian beast, and looked comfortable enough that improvement shouldn't be an issue.Scores: 7+7+7=21Jake Pavelka and Chelsie HightowerDancing: Viennese WaltzSong: "Kiss from a Rose" [ed. note: OF COURSE.]
"I thought you moved very well. If you're going to be in hold, you've got to get your posture up. Your footwork was good overall." - Len
"Leading you did
. Really, really good effort. Keep your legs together, you look like you're on a horse. A little rough." - Bruno
"Your lines were gorgeous, you looked like you were having a good time, there's a bravado about you that's really easy to watch." - Carrie AnnI Say:
I'll try not to let my massive
distaste for all the rose references taint my opinion of The Bachelor. Jake was smoother than I thought he would be, and he looked like he was having fun. A couple times I thought he might swing Chelsie up into the air, so zealously was he commanding the hold--but a firm hold is better than a weak one, in romance and in dancing!Scores: 7+6+7=20
Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel
Song: "Rescue Me"
"This was like watching two personalities. You have to focus your performance." - Bruno
"How was that not sassy enough? It was really nice. Your energy is fantastic." - Carrie Ann
"It was clean, it was clear, it was precise. For me, the whole thing was a bit uneventful." - Len
I Say: There were a few moments when Niecy looked like she might lose her footing, but she never lost her personality, and kept the routine going throughout. She has some extension work to do, but she's not alone in this beginner bunch. It was fun to watch, they were having fun and Niecy just dedicated her dance "to thick girls everywhere!" Gotta love that.
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing: Viennese Waltz
Song: "I'll Be"
"Those lines were just gorgeous. You gotta watch your toes, point your toes. Make a connection with the audience." - Carrie Ann
"You have got great artistry. You look very elegant. You've got clumsy feet. Get chemistry between the two of you." - Len
"You've got the wingspan of a 747." - Bruno
I Say: Hellooo, Evan! You might just give Maks a run for his money (for my heart, that he doesn't even know exists). Evan knows how to be an elegant, graceful, swirly-twirly man. That's evident enough in this waltz. I'm interested to see how he'll handle a spicier routine with less swirlies and twirlies (technical dance terms, of course), but this shows great promise. He needs to work on making a connection, as Carrie Ann said, because this was a bit like a painting: beautiful, but flat.
Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa
"I'd like to give marks for bravery. But that wasn't too good tonight, unfortunately." - Len
"You did a cha-cha-cha, it looked like you still had your moon boots on." - Bruno
"This show inspires people to get out and try new things, and you inspired a ton of people tonight." - Carrie Ann
I Say: Buzz Aldrin is 80 years old, a living legend and a general bad ass at life. So let's just say... he moved in exactly the way you'd expect an 80-year-old man to move on the dance floor. The one thing he doesn't need to improve is his attitude. And, luckily for him, he'll be relying on the votes of people like me, who can't resist a legend, an underdog and a young-at-heart senior all rolled into one.
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
Dancing: Viennese Waltz
Song: "Hold You In My Arms"
"A performance of startling finesse." -Bruno
"The bar has just been set. It was emotional, so passionate. I haven't seen a routine out of the gate like that, ever." - Carrie Ann
"If you look past the facade of the choreography, there's no footwork. You lacked musicality. Work on your technique." - Len
I Say: Gorgeous, romantic choreography performed by a gorgeous, in-sync pair. Len might be a stickler for the details (which is his right and privilege), but what he forgot for a minute was that this was Nicole's first waltz ever, and for a first waltz, she's miles ahead of where mere mortals should be.
Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska
Dancing: Cha-cha-chaSong: "Hungry Like a Wolf"Judges Say:
"I like the gusto. It was really disjointed. It didn't go anywhere for me." - Carrie Ann
"There's a dancer in there. But it was full of the things I don't like. I was disappointed with it." - Len
"It wasn't going, darling. You were stiff as a plank." - BrunoI Say:
He started a bit stiff... and ended a bit stiff, too. But at moments there in the middle, I got glimpses of potential. I agree with Len that there was a lot of sizzle without much steak in this dance. Aiden needs to loosen up, and Edyta needs to teach him transitions. Disjointed, indeed, Carrie Ann. He was like a sexy, sexy robot. Scores: 5+5+5=15Kate Gosselin and Tony DovolaniDancing: Viennese Waltz
Song: "She's Always a Woman to Me"Judges Say:
"You looked nervous. You didn't dance with any fluidity." - Len
"The technique was terrible. You have to learn to perform a human character. It looked like Tony was pushing a shopping cart around the block." - Bruno
"Every single aspect of this is new to you. I really am impressed. There was sweet vulnerability and honesty. You have work to do, but next week, who knows?" - Carrie AnnI Say:
I'm with Carrie Ann. Kate was up against the odds from the beginning, but she came out and performed a sweet, lovely little number that didn't make me cringe. It actually made me smile to see her so far out of her element and working hard to make it work, detractors be damned.Scores: 6+5+5=16And, last but not least (at least according to her bra size)...
Pamela Anderson and Damian WhitewoodDancing: Cha-cha-cha
Song: "Give Me All Your Lovin'"Judges Say:
"I can only think of sex, sex and more sex. Do it to me, girl." -Bruno
"You do not disappoint. You were having fun and you were fully engaged. That was a little... much
." - Carrie Ann
"Overall, it was a mess. You kept going wrong. You went off time. It lacked finesse." - Len I Say:
It was fun, but a little less than fresh. There was a lot of sex, but not much ballroom substance. Pam's got personality, but she won't be able to ride on the sex appeal forever. Without technique to back it up, her hair-tossing, shirt-ripping act (and Bruno's lusty thrusts) could get old very
fast, but I'll resist judgment until we see Pam more out of her element in a slower, less sexy dance.Scores: 7+6+8=21
That's it for the Dancing with the Stars
Season 10 premiere! There was a lotta hype, but they didn't disappoint. No elimination tomorrow, but don't forget to call or send in your votes at ABC.com!
And, on a personal note, this was my very first DWTS
recap, so tell me: how'd I do? Check back to BuddyTV tomorrow for my full Performance Rankings from tonight's show, and join me next week for another Monday night performance and our first elimination on Tuesday.
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