March 18, 2013 07:10 PM by Candace Young
Tonight the twelve new celebrities and their pro dancer counterparts are introduced by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet. The line-up for the 16th season of Dancing With The Stars is looking good…but how will they look on the dance floor? Keep reading…
First up on Dancing With The Stars is Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough dancing the Cha Cha Cha. Kellie is sexaaay in a light pink sequined costume (not to mention that body!) and they debut strongly – looks like they could be the ones to beat! Len hollers, “Yum Yum Pink Bum.” Apparently he approves. Bruno can’t wait to see her again, and Carrie Ann says she has sass and class. They score three 7s for 21.
Next up is boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro, Lindsay Arnold doing the Foxtrot. Victor throws himself into his ‘role’ and though it’s definitely corny, it leaves everyone smiling. Bruno says for a heavy hitter, Victor’s surprisingly lightfooted, but warns him about his arms – this isn’t Gorillas in the Mist! Len draws boos for saying it was a little uneventful. It’s 6s across the board, for a total of 18.
Contemporary dancing makes its debut on Dancing With The Stars, with General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson doing the honors. The result is pretty sensual, with just a few laborious looking moves. Carrie Ann loved it, but Len isn’t on board at all. Arguing ensues until Bruno tells Ingo it was good. They net 7s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and a 6 from Len for 20 total.
Reality TV personality, Lisa Vanderpump, and new pro, Gleb Savchenko take the floor next with their Foxtrot. Gleb is so hot and only hotter in a white tux. He really is good-looking…Oh, and Lisa is there too – resplendent in a fuchsia gown, but has a little work to do in keeping up with Gleb. Len deems it acceptable but not exceptional, noting the stumbling around. Bruno points out that Luscious Lisa must be happy with ‘the puppy.’ Carrie Ann says it was nice but she was out of sync a bit.
Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke are dancing the Cha Cha Cha to Apple Bottom Jeans. Though they both look great in the color red, the dance is just all sorts of awful, seeming too slow in parts and off-beat at times. The judges all agree it’s bad news – very rough. “Boulevard of broken dreams,” Len opines. The score reflects this – 4s from all three judges – 12 total.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy is up next with his partner, the youngest competitor ever – 16 year-old model/actress/singer, Zendaya. They do a Contemporary dance and though Val seems to be wearing yellow Crocs at first glance, it takes nothing away from their effort, which is incredible. Gah – for a first night dance this is amazing – the others should be very worried! The judges concur – they nail three 8s, for an astounding debut score of 24.
The Bachelor, Sean Lowe, and Peta Murgatroyd are up next doing a Foxtrot. Sean looks dandy in a red tux jacket, and Peta’s smokin’ in a red dress, but the dance itself… Well, let’s just say Sean came across like a big galoot in spots because he looked rather stiff – he had too much attack and a lack of grace, but certainly wins points for exuberance – so says Carrie Ann Inaba. She gives them a 7, while Len and Bruno offer up 6s, for a total of 19.
Mark Ballas is paired with Olympic gymnast, Alexandra Raisman, and they’re dancing the Cha Cha Cha. Alexandra looks like a bright pink featherduster, but the dance is athletic and rhythmic – a solid effort! The judges liked it, but thought it was a little safe. They receive 7s across the board for 21.
Famed figure skater, Dorothy Hamill, and Tristan MacManus are doing a Contemporary dance tonight. It’s a beautiful effort, though it seems a little shaky at times. The judges pay tribute to Dorothy, although they do mention the issues. She gets 7s from each, for a total of 21.
Country singing star, Wynona Judd is partnered with Tony Dovolani, and they are tackling the Cha Cha Cha tonight. Wynona struts her attitude from the get-go – it’s fun and a strong effort. Len deems it a very good performance, Bruno raves that they love a giver and she gives plenty, and Carrie Ann grins that she was workin’ it! They receive 6s across the board for 18 total.
Funnyman Andy Dick, and new pro, Sharna Burgess, will be dancing the Foxtrot. Andy broke down in practice over his fear of being bad. He needn’t have worried. The dance is kind of enchanting and really draws everyone in. Bruno enthuses about his charm – he enjoyed it in a crazy way. Carrie Ann agrees there is something charming about Andy’s dancing, but Len once again draws boos for saying it had the fluidity of Robocop. They only get a 5 from the old guy, but 6s from Bruno and Carrie Ann – 17.
SuperBowl champ Jacoby Jones is paired with Karina Smirnoff. They finish the show with their Cha Cha Cha. Jacoby says he’s in it to win it and boy do they come out with the moves! Len says it was all icing and no cake – the technique was terrible. Carrie Ann likens it to a series of touchdown celebration dances, and Bruno, predictably, raves about the grinding. Carrie Ann and Bruno award 7s and Len offers up a 6- 20 total.
Kellie and Derek, and Val and Zendaya look like the pairs to beat after tonight. How do you see it? Who was your favorite, and who do you think will go home first?
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