Dancing With the Stars – The Premiere!

On the leaderboard: Jennifer Grey is in the lead with 24 points.  Margaret Cho, The Situation and David Hasselhoff are tied for last place with 15 points apiece. Who do you think will go home Tuesday night? I can’t decide….

For all that yak in the news about Sarah Palin sitting in the audience to watch her daughter Bristol? She wasn’t there.  So much for that bit of gossip.

Live blog and videos after the JUMP…

Live blogging the Dancing with the Stars premiere here tonight! Join me.

Hi Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke! They introduce the brand new stars! Brooke has on a very sexay dress, slit down to her waist.

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani – Cha cha cha – “California Gurls” – Audrina says she’s gonna stop partying to get in shape for DWTS! Audrina is not terrible. She can keep time at least, and she knows how to shake her hips. Len says, “You dance with confidence, good technique, good start.” Bruno compares her to a show pony, “You’ve got everything this show needs, but you need to push it much harder.” Carrie Ann says, “You’ve got the right attitude and the right body…You need more constructiveness. Be careful about jumping into your moves.”  Oh those pesky lifts! Tony changed the routine at the last minute to make it more difficult – Carrie Ann – 6 Len – 7 Bruno – 6 – 191-800-868-3401 – VIDEO

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya — Viennese Waltz — “This Ain’t a Love Song” – Kurt’s having trouble with his “technique”. Anna says he has none. This famous quarterback is really stiff and awkward, clomping his way through the routine. Not really impressed. He’s got 7 kids! Bruno says, “You’re such a graceful quarterback. You have a natural stagecraft. The footwork is difficult, but I see great potential.” Carrie Ann also sees potential. “There’s something very natural graceful and debonair about it.” Len disagrees, “For me it had very little to commend it, I’m afraid. The footwork wasn’t good.” The judges break into an argument, but Len sticks to his guns. I ‘m with grumpy pants. I thought it was awkward. – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 5, Bruno – 7, – Total – 191-800-868-3408 – VIDEO

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer — Cha Cha Cha — “My First Kiss” – Lacey Schwimmer is now a blond. Just NO. I have no clue who this Kyle Massey dude is. Kyle is dressed as a school boy geek. Kyle’s tight white dress shirt does him no favors. I can’t stop looking at his belly jiggling.  But he’s quite the fancy dancer, attacking the steps with verve. He’s pretty good.  Carrie Ann says, “I think I just fell in love. You are like dynamite out there. Fantastical. Welcome back!” Len says, “I liked it. I didn’t like the locker room stuff..but once you got cracking I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Bruno says, “You are like an adorable naughty little puppy. Full of energy and enthusiasm. You are an entertainer.  Brilliant. Carrie Ann – 8 – Len – 7 Bruno – 8 – 231-800-868-3403 – VIDEO

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke — Viennese Waltz — “Crazy” – Ha ha…these basketball dudes are so freakishly tall.But you know what? For a big dude, he has an amazing amount of grace. He looks like a contender.Len says, “The height difference didn’t get in the way…smoothness, elegance, great posture, great job.” Bruno says, “I can’t wait to see you fighting it out here in the Latin next week.” Carrie Ann says, “I think you’re a fox. That was amazing. You had me sitting up. You’re posture was ridiculously gorgeous. I was blown away.” Carrie Ann – 8,   Len – 7,   Bruno – 7 – 221-800-868-3404 – VIDEO

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel — Viennese Waltz — “We are the Champions” – “You do it like you’re sitting in the bathroom doing #2” – Louis. WTF? After somebody called her fat in dance class, Margaret never danced again. The dancing sucks, but I’m digging Margaret’s dragon lady costume. She’s fierce! But this dance is messed up. She’s getting lost in the folds of her costume, and it looks ridiculous (but funny) She’s going to be one of the first to go. Bruno says, “What the hell was that! You could dance…but it’s pushing it too far too soon.” Carrie Ann says, “Very bold choice. it was too overly dramatic for a Viennese Waltz.” Len “I was really encouraged at the start. The VW is an inappropriate dance to bring in all that comedic stuff.” I’m with the judges. It’s hard to be funny dancing the Viennese Waltz. Carrie Ann – 5, Len – 5, Bruno – 5 – 151-800-868-3405. – VIDEO

Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy — Viennese Waltz — “Cry Me Out” – Brandy thinks Maks is hot. Well, he is! Brandy dances like a ringer and will be dubbed so very quickly. She’s good. Carrie Ann says, “That was very beautiful. Be careful…you’re a little strong when you dance.” Len says, “That was fabulous.” Bruno says, “I love the taste of Brandy in the evening…you were really sweeping and electrifying. I can’t wait until next week.” Brandy SWEARS she hasn’t had a lot of dance experience (Yeah right). Carrie Ann – 7 Len – 8 Bruno – 8 – 231-800-868-3406. – VIDEO

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas — Cha Cha Cha — “Mama Told Me Not to Come” – They’re calling her “Teen Advocate”? Seriously? Better than
“Teen Famewhore” I suppose. OMG. She strips off a sparkly suit to reveal a short red shimmy thing. Mark has choreographed as little dancing for her as possible and she’s still terrible. If she lasts, it’ll only be her notoriety that propels her. Len says, “You got through the routine, footwork was good, you need to loosen up a bit.” Bruno says, “For you this is virgin territory, you managed to stretch the back of your knee…work and you’ll get better and better.” I could make a virgin joke but…nah. Carrie Ann says, “I was so wrong! You have fantastic legs. I see a future for you.” Wow they TOTALLY went easy on her. Carrie Ann – 6, Len – 6, Bruno – 6 – 181-800-868-3407. – VIDEO

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas — Cha Cha Cha — “Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me” – Florence wants to have fun like Cloris Leachman did…but Flo says she’s going to take things very seriously. She’s not bad for an elderly lady (she’s 76). She started on Broadway, and I’ll bet she danced when she was young. Carol Brady’s got some technique. Bruno says, “Your a spunky lady. You’ve still got it. At times you look a little insecure, you’ve got to work on the technique.” Carrie Ann says, “You were having the time of your life…a few times you were out of it.” Len says, “This was great entertainment. What you’ve done with Florence is incredible.”  Carrie Ann – 6, Len – 6, Bruno – 6 – 181-800-868-3409. – VIDEO

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower — Viennese Waltz — “Life After You” – Michael says he has shoes older than Chelsie. Chelsie admits that Michael is stiff and clunky. Yep. He’s stiff and clunky. And awkward. I wish he still had his mullet.  Carrie Ann says, “It’s all about leading…you allowed Chelsie to lead too often. You need to smile.” Len says, “I thought you had musicality I though you moved across the floor well. You’ve got to lift up a little bit.” Bruno says, “You get very tight, your posture gets worse. You really have to take it easy. Enjoy it. – Carrie Ann – 6, Len – 5, Bruno – 5 – 161-800-868-3402 – VIDEO

The Situation and Karina Smirnoff — Cha Cha Cha — “Break Your Heart” – The Situation. Ugh. I watched 5 minutes of “The Jersey Shore” once and I couldn’t take it. Karina says Mike doesn’t know what’s about to hit him. Dude! You’re no John Travolta. To say the least. Awkward! Len says, “I think you’ve got potential, you’re just under-rehearsed. You’ve got the guns, but not the ammunition.” Bruno says, “You’re going to look like a jack ass if you carry on like that. You’ve got to apply yourself. You’ve got to take this seriously.” Carrie Ann says, “I want to see what you bring back next week.” Situation really did half-ass that. I guess he had to tape his reality show and missed some rehearsals. Oh well. – Carrie Ann – 5, Len – 5, Bruno – 5 – 151-800-868-3410 – VIDEO

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough — Viennese Waltz — “These Arms of Mine” – The song is from “Dirty Dancing” so of course, Jennifer starts CRYING. The manipulation here starts immediately. OMG. Talk about hitting us over the head. She’s good. Not as good as you’d think. But then, she’s 50 now. Bruno says, “Baby is back where she belongs. I know somebody up there is going to be proud of you.” Carrie Ann is crying, “Something very profound just happened here. Some things get better with age. You are one of them.”  Len isn’t sucked in by the nostalgia, “This is a dance that suited you. I’m waiting for next week. Waiting to see you you can do the jive.”  Let’s face it, Jennifer could have taken a dump on the stage, and she’d still be here next week. – Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 8, Bruno – 8 – 241-800-868-3411 – VIDEO

David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson — Cha Cha Cha — “Sex Bomb” – The Hoff–talking about himself in third person. Oy. What a frigging cheeseball this guy is. Hoff is hamming it up as much as humanly possible to mask truly horrid dance skills. He threw off his sunglasses, stripped off his jacket. Please stop it there. I’m beggin ya. Carrie Ann says, “You’re the offspring of Donny Osmond and Jerry Springer.” Len says,   “It’s never too early to panic. It was entertaining…next week, the quickstep, you have to up your technique.” Bruno says, “We do love the Hoff. All it was was insanity. No dancing. A potpourri of insanity. Focus on next week.” – Hoff’s dad is in the audience. Carrie Ann – 5, Len – 5, Bruno – 5 – 151-800-868-3412 – VIDEO

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84 Comments

  1. Can Bristol PLEASE be voted off first? I don’t care how much everyone else sucks, and if she’s the best dancer ever. I want her off my screen asap.

  2. Lacey’s partner is adorkable, whoever he is. Yay, them! Glad to see her with a fellow spitfire this season. I actually think her blondness is hilarious because she is like the missing Hough now.

  3. Lacey’s partner, Kyle Massey, was a Disney Channel star :)

  4. Thanks MJ for blogging DWTS, I enjoy this tremendously. I have to wait 2 1/2 more hours before I can see it :( … and (shh) I am still at work :)
    I cannot wait to see this tonight myself.

  5. Yeah, thanks mj for blogging this show. Much appreciated, and the clips as well, for things I may have missed, or want to see again.

    Danke.

  6. Ha ha ha Margaret Cho is a riot. The judges so didn’t appreciate the humor in that. It’s a cheesy mirror ball competition, why the hell not? I’m sure she’ll have a finally taking it seriously and impressing the judges storyline arc or something.

    And also, thanks MJ!

  7. I fear for my Margaret. Darn. But I’m still rooting for her.

    Though that was an odd choice.

  8. I missed the beginning where they introduce everyone. How did they describe Bristol? “Abstainer Daughter of Sarah Palin”?

  9. I see that, sunchick, but I knew the judges woudn’t go for it (especially Len) :) She’s a pretty good dancer, though, so I’m sure she’ll impress them yet.

  10. Teen activist, I think, fuzzywuzzy. *gag*

    Brandy is overly excited, donchathink? I want Maks to stick around for awhile, so I hope the audience doesn’t react poorly to her extreme enthusiasm.

  11. “Teen activist”? Hilarious! LMAO!

    ETA:

    Wow they TOTALLY went easy on her.

    They sure did. The comments were almost patronizing, IMO. Are the judges all Republicans? ;)

  12. Brandy is overly excited, donchathink?

    lol I thought she was going to have an accident on stage (or I guess it was the back room). She was good, but it’ll be interesting to see how she does in the other dances. You could tell Len would like it. Surprised he didn’t give her a 9.

  13. Um, did Florence Henderson just flash her cross your heart bra? :-O

  14. Kyle was a disney channel star and he’s AWESOME…wow you were distracting by his belly jiggling??? o_0 that’s pretty sad, considering he did a GREAt job dancing……….immature, much? (haha i probably shouldn’t be saying that considering how immature I act, but still….)

    Anyway, it’s my first time watching this Show!!!

    I FLOVE a lot of them already including kyle (even if he does jiggle-maybe he needs to wear a sports bra lol), margaret (i felt bad about how the fall ruined things–she was just trying to have fun and a LOT of other ppl :) :) :) :) :)

    Oh and THANK YOU SO MUCH MJ for blogging this!!!!!!! :D

  15. sunchick:
    09/20/2010 at 9:11 pm
    Um, did Florence Henderson just flash her cross your heart bra? :-O

    {snicker} Talk about product placement.

  16. Truthiness, you’re correcting me on some silly ass mistake I would have picked up on the read through, and I can’t even make it through the grammatical structure of your post. LOL.

  17. Surprisingly, there is some good dancing going on here for Week 1. Audrina, Kyle, Rick, Brandy and etc. are doing pretty darn well for the first week out and I kind of like there is no Nicole S. Meaning while there might still be people termed “ringers” it’s not such a huge gap to the point that nobody will be able to overcome the difference. Brandy was good, but I don’t think she was really better than either Kyle or Rick so far.

  18. I FLOVE a lot of them already including kyle (even if he does jiggle-maybe he needs to wear a sports bra lol)

    LOL, luv. I’m not even watching the show and now I’m picturing this poor kid and his man-boobs (MOOBS!). Will wait for videos, heh. I lost my TV to my kids who were waiting eagerly for Hero Factory or something on NickToons. *Sob* Well, and I’m supposed to be working, too. Shhhh…

  19. Jennifer Grey got a nose job years ago. And yeah, sad that she felt the need to do so.

    And Brandi was good, but hopefully for America, not too good.

  20. Dang, got called away and missed the last few dancers.

    fuzzywuzzy:
    09/20/2010 at 9:44 pm
    When did Jennifer Grey get a nose job?

    I think it was a while ago. She’s said that she thinks it ruined her career because she was more distinctive before.

  21. Jennifer Gray got a nose job like 20 years ago. And she looks great now too people…she is like 50 somethin’. Oh and by the way she danced that beautifully….very nice.

    “The Situation” is this though…you suck.

  22. Jennifer Grey got a nose job a long time ago. Like well over a decade ago. I think supposedly it was a botched nose job too.

    Oops, everybody beat me to the Jennifer Grey nose job thing.

  23. I think that Jennifer looks good now and looked good back on “Dirty Dancing” too. It’s amazing to me how a nose job can change a person’s looks so dramatically. Like Mark Hamill (Star Wars) looked so different after his nose was broken and repaired.

  24. When did The Hoff start looking like Regis Philbin?

    I liked that Kyle kid.

  25. If anyone votes for the ‘Hoff’ there is no hope for the world. None.

    I wonder what Kim did to piss off TPTB so that she was stuck with him?

  26. I’m really surprised they couldn’t get a higher caliber of stars for the season. Isn’t it Season 11? And this is the best they could get? Sorry, but this group is terribly boring.

  27. I don’t know which is more grating, the Hoff or the Hough. Go away, both of you!

  28. I voted for the first time ever for this dopey show. Cast my votes for Jennifer Grey (she was good) and the Hoff, the Situation and Margaret Cho because they were all fun. I hope none of them goes home tomorrow and one of the boring folk leave instead.

    I never voted for this show before but I did get a busy for Jennifer and the Situation for whatever’s that worth.

  29. Jennifer made me cry.

    Me, too. I couldn’t believe I was crying during DWTS. I love Dirty Dancing and have seen it so many times. I loved Jennifer & Patrick in it.

  30. I love me some Margaret Cho. I feel like she would’ve been good if she wouldn’t have given it up for laughs. Is it bad that her “fat ballerina” story impacted me more than Jennifer’s sob story?

    I feel bad for saying this, but Bristol wasn’t really as grating or bad as I thought she’d be. I could stand seeing her for a few more weeks, compared to the Hoff or the Situation.

    Also Florence is ADORABLE and Michael Bolton looks damn good. just saying.

  31. First time I’ve ever watched this show all the way through, mainly because I wanted to see Kurt, Bristol, and Jennifer. Pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and did tear up too re: the Patrick Swayze references. Not a great dancer, but Kurt Warner is a handsome man, as is Rick Fox, wow.

  32. They sure did. The comments were almost patronizing, IMO. Are the judges all Republicans?

    I seriously doubt it. All the famous Republicans, aside from candidates and their families, are on Fox News, never on a mainstream network. I don’t think it’s allowed. I think they’d get crucified for being anything but liberal in their position.

  33. I actually didn’t think Bristol was as bad as people are saying. I think her infamous and hated mother influences people’s thoughts of her. I don’t like her and think it’s far too late for her to be teen pregnancy prevention activist, but I was expecting much worse from her tonight.

  34. Damn, it was my daughter’s birthday so I didn’t get a chance to watch. Oh well, I probably get the best of both worlds just reading here and watching the clips. So my predictions of those to watch is pretty much dead on Brandy, Rick and Jennifer. Not gonna count out that kid, he’s an entertainer, I didn’t know his name, but I’ve seen some show he was on with my kids. Seems like it’s gonna be an interesting season. Brandy has to watch her enthusiasm? Gonna have to see what that’s about. I do know that Jen has to watch the manipulations….that could go either way. Rick might be tall, but he just looks like he would be a good dancer.

  35. WHY do they always stick Chelsie with people who truly suck?! Can’t she ever get a break? It’s like they might as well just hand the trophy to Cheryl before the seasons ever begin…she’s obviously their woman pro dancer choice to win.

  36. MJ: Did you mention a favorite yet?? I saw upthread that some have already had enough of Bristol. I admire her! Did she really suck???

    Just wanted to add: She is a teen mom, but seems to be doing well. Unlike the glorified Dr. P family fiasco teens.

    edit: Oh… I guess you weren’t fond of Bristol. She really isn’t the teen fame whore compared to some. But I have no idea if she can dance! :)

  37. When did Jennifer Grey get a nose job?

    A gazillion years ago! lol! She looks fantastic I think. A plastic surgery success story.

  38. I just read that Bristol Palin makes between $15,000-$30,000 per speaking engagement. That is fucking incredible. She seemed pretty dimwitted on tonight’s show, I can’t say that is how I would spend $30,000 lol!

  39. It’s like they might as well just hand the trophy to Cheryl before the seasons ever begin…she’s obviously their woman pro dancer choice to win.

    Except she hasn’t won since S2 and S3. It’s now S11 and she’s been saddled with both Wayne Newton and Tom DeLay. I get the point about wanting Chelsie to have better partners, but it’s not like Cheryl hasn’t gotten her clunkers. If we want to bitch about someone not getting their clunkers, please see poster boy Derek.

  40. gangreen29, I agree, that is amazing for Brisol to earn that kind of cash! For what??? But at least she seems to have some morals and values and getting pregnant at a young age is not really that remarkable. It’s how you live your life afterwards. She seems like a good mom.

  41. Poster boy Derek! Hee hee. He’s so awesome. :) He’s had some great partners. :) There are definitely girls that deserve the same chance (with some more naturally talented partners)!

  42. Eh. I’m over Derek. Maybe again because he never gets his clunkers. The only time I really liked him was with Jennie Garth. His schtick gets old.

    I will never understand why they make the younger female pros dance with the old male celebs, but when they get a Cloris Leachman or a Florence Henderson they bring in Corky as opposed to pairing her with some of the regular younger male pros.

  43. Were those Kym Johnson’s boobs or flesh-colored water balloons with a spray tan?!

  44. Okay, fine Cheryl hasn’t won in years. I don’t follow every season, but they ALWAYS stick her with a pro athlete who ends up being pretty good, while Chelsie gets stuck with some washed up old ass has-been who is always horrible. Blatant manipulation…um yeah! Definitely!

  45. I don’t follow every season, but they ALWAYS stick her with a pro athlete who ends up being pretty good, while Chelsie gets stuck with some washed up old ass has-been who is always horrible. Blatant manipulation…um yeah! Definitely!

    Keep in mind that Cheryl has just been on the show way longer than Chelsie. This is Chelsie’s 4th season I believe to Cheryl’s 10th. Obviously Cheryl is going to get more capable partners when she has had 6 additional partners to choose from.

    This is also Cheryl’s 4th athlete. Not even 50%. Emmitt Smith, Maurice Greene, Chad Ochocinco and now Rick Fox. People just have short term memory. Especially since Maurice sucked.

    Besides, they would have never paired Chelsie with Rick Fox. She’s a couple inches shorter than Cheryl!

  46. Well I agree that Chelsie and Rick would not have been a good match. And okay, always was the wrong word to use. I just typically remember her with the athletes in the seasons I’ve watched. This season, there aren’t many good guy stars to choose from, but it just seems Chelsie consistently gets screwed. I wouldn’t blame her for being bitter in the least, but she seems to be pretty positive still. Good on her.

  47. Bristol did good tonight! I don’t know why people have to be so mean, hateful, and negative, towards the Palins? Hopefully, Bristol will get it together. She is still very young!

    Please read this POSITIVE review from E!Online:

    Dancing With the Stars Returns and Bristol Palin Is Good!

    Ballas might not win again this year, but we’ve got this to say for Bristol: She’s not terrible. Not only is she a million times better than last season’s stunt contestant, Kate Gosselin, she’s got a cute figure, plenty of shakeable assets, good rhythm, a great smile…..

    Good Luck Bristol!

  48. I’m voting for Kyle Massey tonight so that he is hanging around longer.

    If we want to bitch about someone not getting their clunkers, please see poster boy Derek.

    I haven’t even watched the whole show yet, but yes. Why ?
    I wish somebody else get his chance. Jonathan Roberts, or somebody else . And I like Jennifer Grey a lot, but ugh for her partner.

    Just want to comment of how great Bon Jovi’s song “This Ain’t A Love Song”. I remember when Lakisha Jones sang it on American Idol and it was superb. And she got a kiss from Simon. he-he

  49. Bristol wasn’t very good but I’m hoping somebody keeps her around for a few weeks (although it won’t be me.) She did awkward better than Kurt Warner.

  50. Jennifer Grey does look GREAT. But she also looks like a completely different person. I know the nose job was a long time ago and it totally changed her face. But she must’ve had some other work done to look that different.

  51. I’m kinda a fairweather DWTS fan…if I like the contestants I’ll watch, otherwise I’ll skip but this season was too good to miss!

    Jennifer Grey does look GREAT. But she also looks like a completely different person. I know the nose job was a long time ago and it totally changed her face. But she must’ve had some other work done to look that different.

    I kept looking last night for any resemblances to Jennifer Grey in her Baby days, but there are none for me. I know she’s obviously had more than her nose done, but she does look great, but she really and truly looks like an entirely different person.

  52. I always love watching this show and frankly, it was nice to see quite a few people on the show who actually cannot dance. I loved how they tried to cover their bases about previous dance experience with Grey and Brandi – not successfully either. Seeing Grey and how fit she is, I seriously doubt it has been a long time since she has danced. She also should give the plastic surgery a break. Lacey with blonde hair made me laugh out loud. Hopefully the basketball players wife is keeping a close eye on her husband with Cheryl Burke around. As for Bristol, I hope she stays around for a long while. She represents, along with the majority of the cast, why I love this show – she doesn’t know how to do those dances and for me, that is why I watch, to see how they progress. So cheers to them for having the guts to take this show on.

  53. I actually didn’t think Bristol was as bad as people are saying. I think her infamous and hated mother influences people’s thoughts of her. I don’t like her and think it’s far too late for her to be teen pregnancy prevention activist, but I was expecting much worse from her tonight.

    I didn’t think that she was so horrible either, but the judges did go very easy on her. I don’t get the impression that she’s full of herself as far as her dancing abilities. I have no problem with Bristol being an activist for teen pregnancy prevention, but I just think that her advocating abstinance, given her history, is a joke.

  54. I didn’t think that she was so horrible either, but the judges did go very easy on her.

    I think that they must have information that BP is very very very very nervous, maybe more so than other non-performer-or-athlete types they’ve had. And they haven’t had many people, after all, who haven’t performed for the camera. I guess Gosselin counted for that last time, but, in fact, she’s been seeing herself as a tv star for years now.

    Specifically, with Bristol, I thought it was pretty clear that a couple of times she actually did lose her place in the dance and not know what the next steps were for a few seconds; yet Len specifically announced that she never lost her steps. In my opinion, that was just a flat-out lie, but I have a feeling he told it so that they can use his comment to reassure her this week — “See, they aren’t going to see your little missteps! Just go for it!” I’m guessing they want to buck her up so she’ll relax a bit and not throw up or have a coronary on live tv in a future show.

  55. Being a mom of a teen-ager and an 11 year old, Kyle Massey has been on my TV for a long time as Corey Baxter,younger brother on “That’s So Raven.” He will get the younger vote for sure! And he has rhythm and a great sense of fun!

    As far as Bristol Palin goes, some of the best advocates use their past mistakes to help others. If her experience helps someone else, why judge. I wondered how she was going to do on DWTS and I was surprised that she performed as well as she did. I agree with one of the posters above that the truly untrained, experience the most amount of growth on the show. So, good luck Bristol. I wonder if security caused issues for Sarah to stay and watch?

    Rick Fox was like the prince in a Disney Movie – he was elegant, graceful and riveting to watch.

    Brandy and Jennifer will be the last two standing, with Kyle or Rick as #3.

    Brandy – beautiful, natural born dancer. She made it look easy!

    But, my breath was held the entire time Jennifer and Derek danced. I did get teary-eyed during the rehearsal. The dancing was a story unfolding and we got to experience it. Thank you!

    I think Michael Bolton will be leaving tonight.

  56. Did Cheryl Burke have plastic surgery on her face? She looks different to me.

  57. Anyone else notice Margaret Cho wore the same “wings” Scarlett Cherry wears in the IIHY video?

    I don’t get the Bristol hate either. It’s not like she was the first kid of a staunch christan/republican to get preggers. I think she is making the most out of the shit thrown at her and good on her. I have a daughter her age, maybe that’s what makes me protective of her, idk :(

  58. I feel sorry for Bristol Palin. I can’t think of anything worse than being dragged around on a presidential campaign identified as the country’s #1 unmarried teen mother. How humiliating. Were I Bristol, I would be hard pressed to forgive ma for the campaign pressure, as my stomach ballooned. Now that Bristol is earning money, I hope she is wise enough to spend it on educating herself; these silly gigs won’t last forever

  59. I hate Sarah Palin but don’t hate Bristol, she was good last night, shows a lot of potential but she seems afraid to let go …

    Margaret Cho didn’t need to hide behind that comedy, it wasn’t appropriate for that dance form, fell flat and it was hard to tell if she was kidding or just a flutz. Hope next week she’ll let herself get serious and take a risk to show that she can be beautiful too :)

    Jennifer Grey’s nose was so prominent, just that change alone might have dramatically changed her appearance, also she is decades older now. I don’t assume she had other work, she was pretty except for the nose, so why would she need to? Anyway she’s seriously cute, even as a mature woman.

    Brandy was really cute too. And that rapper actor guy, he’s fun to watch.

    Every season there’s a whole spectrum of those who can dance some to those who can’t dance at all. There’s nothing sinister about it and it doesn’t bother me. If they were all clunkers, it wouldn’t even be fun to watch. I’m glad a few of them can dance, or else who would we root for or enjoy watching? Even those who have dance-ability i.e. flexibility, musicality and rhythm, have never ballroom danced and aren’t professional dancers, they have a lot to learn and it’s still fun to watch them improve. I’m GLAD for people like Kristi Y, Nicole, etc., who brought some thrills on the dance floor.

    ETA: There is something about David H. that totally rubs me the wrong way. I cringe to see him. Ugh. He’s disgusting. No character, just a really creep guy. He’s not the least bit attractive because of his creepiness.

  60. Audrina – I don’t know her, but she did ok for the opening act.

    Kurt – I thought he was totally stiff, but he’s good looking (I’ve loved his looks since the late 90’s).

    Kyle – He was good as a dancer, and yes his belly was jiggling, but because I was watching his dance moves, I forgot to stay “entirely” focused on his belly (a bit of snark).

    Rick – He was lovely – his rehersal package was a fraud, it had you thinking that he and Cheryl would be awkward together, so that when we saw the finished product we would be impressed, which I was.

    Margaret – I could tell parts of that was for comedy, and truly I would have loved for her to just dance, because she could have made those wing things and her dress fabulous.

    Brandy – I’m glad she did a good job. But I want to see her do other dances too. The waltz, while not easy, is just the beginning for her (and all others who got the easy way out tonight – ’cause the cha cha is far harder in my opinion), and I hope she can pull off some of the latin dances.

    Bristol – While I don’t think she should be the poster child for teen abstinence or pregnancy, I thought she did ok. When telling my friend about her this morning, I said at one point I could see why Levi was chasing her panties. (I also said, “don’t be acting like you are all ms. goody two shoes – then break out and make me think you would have no problem on a stripper pole.”)

    Florence – We already had Cloris, I didn’t see anything elegant or really good about Florence’s dancing, she was stiff, and her feet were not cha cha’ing.

    Michael – He was stiff and forgettable.

    The Situation – Maybe he will be okay, but he’s “pigeon toed” as all get out, and that may be the handicap he will have to overcome to be a contender.

    Jennifer – I thought she did ok, but I want to see her dance as well as she did in Dirty Dancing, I think it is still in her.

    David – YUCK!!!

    I will definitely be tuning in each week to see how this unfolds. I think I have missed 3 seasons since DWTS debutted.

  61. I think Bristol did as good if not better than as a lot of the others. As far as her mom goes I like her. What you see is what you get and that can’t be said for a lot of people in politics. A least she is not trying to make my taxes and health insurance go up!

  62. I liked Kyle the best. Question: Did Lacey get implants in her off-season? I’m also pulling for Bristol as she’s as close to a “regular” person there’s been on the show. Hope hunky Kurt Warner sticks around; the football players seem to.
    Kym Johnsohn’s hair was the worst I’ve ever seen.

  63. I couldnt get over Kym Johnsohn’s hair, I kept staring at it, if I wasnt laughting hysterically at the Hoff, I couldnt believe him, I dont even know what to say about his dancing.

  64. Diana:

    Jennifer Grey does look GREAT. But she also looks like a completely different person. I know the nose job was a long time ago and it totally changed her face. But she must’ve had some other work done to look that different.

    Oh I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed that Jennifer Gray looks different again! :)

  65. Honestly, just looking at the package and leaving her mother out of this, Bristol seems like a sweet girl. I had to laugh at the way Mark was hugging all over her. I do believe that is his nature, but I think Bristol was a bit uncomfortable. It will be interesting to see if he can build up her confidence.

    There are a few of us over 55 years old posting here, and we certainly hope we’ll be as flexible as Florence Henderson is at age 76. She did a real nice job and has a good sense of rhythm.

    Jennifer Grey has had spinal problems and goes to a chiropractor. I just hope Derek takes good care of her! Plus, she’s has two bouts of cancer. I am rooting for her to do well. Trying to look your best should be admired.

    Love having Lacey back, but the blonde hair just doesn’t suit her. I wish Chelsie had a better partner, but I give Michael credit for going out there and trying. I believe there is something special about this young lady. I don’t want her to go home so soon.

  66. I am finally getting to watch these videos slooowlly… all I can say so far is even if he’s a clunky dancer, Kurt Warner is still hot (always have liked him) and Kyle is absolutely adorable. Now to watch more :)

  67. Oh, and maybe I’m a big old sap, but the whole Jennifer Grey thing made me cry. Then again, I was always a huge Patrick Swayze fan ever since Red Dawn (c’mon, I was a kid – Wolveriiinnnees!) and when he was Orry Main in North & South, and I was 14 years old when Dirty Dancing came out and I absolutely loved that movie, so guess it’s no shock I’d have some sort of reaction to it all. Aw :(

  68. Miss Chaos:
    09/21/2010 at 10:56 am

    I couldnt get over Kym Johnsohn’s hair, I kept staring at it, if I wasnt laughting hysterically at the Hoff, I couldnt believe him, I dont even know what to say about his dancing.

    The person I was watching with said that Pamela Anderson may be off the show but her hair (piece) lives on!

  69. I’m predicting that, sadly, Margaret Cho goes first . . . and Maks finally gets a trophy ball with Brandy. Is it too soon for predictions?

  70. Well….Snookie makes $20,000 just to walk the Red Carpet. Now, I find that horribly ridiculous! LOLLLL!!

    gangreen29:
    09/20/2010 at 11:38 pm
    I just read that Bristol Palin makes between $15,000-$30,000 per speaking engagement. That is fucking incredible. She seemed pretty dimwitted on tonight’s show, I can’t say that is how I would spend $30,000 lol!

  71. Bristol did a good job!!!!! You might want to read E!Onlines review. At least they treated her with respect. They had a nice write up about her. I like more positive responses and reviews, myself. They come across as professionals. I admire her too!!! She was messed up with that joke of a boyfriend! Poor Girl!!! She is still very young, but I think this will be good for her. It would be nice if people would give her a break. I don’t understand why some people give her such a difficult time. And, why do they want to see her get voted off first?! What have the Palin’s ever done to deserve such hatred? Look at Kelley Osborne and Kate Gosselin from last Season. They didn’t start out very good…..well, ok…Kate really didn’t improve that much, but, look at how well Kelley did! AWESOME! I guess those who just hate conservatives, have to hate Bristol too. I’m sorry, but, that is a ridiculous attitude. Congratulations & Good Luck, Bristol!

    iluvai:
    09/20/2010 at 11:33 pm
    MJ: Did you mention a favorite yet?? I saw upthread that some have already had enough of Bristol. I admire her! Did she really suck???

    Just wanted to add: She is a teen mom, but seems to be doing well. Unlike the glorified Dr. P family fiasco teens.

    edit: Oh… I guess you weren’t fond of Bristol. She really isn’t the teen fame whore compared to some. But I have no idea if she can dance!

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