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You’ll see some changes this first week of the new series of Dancing With the Stars. According to People magazine. Brooke Burke replaces departing co-host, Samantha Harris. The backstage room has been brought to the front of the stage–so the contestants will be with the audience rather than hidden away during the show.
The “Red Room” will be inside the ballroom enclosed by glass walls. Brooke will interview the contestants on a balcony with a railing where the contestants can watch the show live, rather than on a monitor. It’s also where the pairs will receive their judges score. The cast has been cut down to a reasonable 11 stars, which is a good thing, in my opinion. By the time the show peaked at 16 contestants, the entire enterprise had become unwieldy, in my opinion.
Plus, Theme nights! Including, Lennon and McCartney (gulp)
Anyway! Here we go…
The first results show is a week from tomorrow.
Brooke Burke: Slightly less wooden than Samantha Harris?
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke – Cha cha cha – Cheryl is going to get Chad’s foundation right so he can begin “trash talking”. Chad’s got some moves, not bad. – Len says, “You came out like a tiger…you’re a rough diamond, great potential.” Bruno says, “You have a huge talent, untapped…you have to look sharper…you can dance.” Carrie Ann says, “There’s a raw something happening…you have to hit it a little harder…I want to see more.” 1-800-868-3401 – Carrie Anne – 6, Bruno – 6, Len – 6 – 18. Hm. Low scores so far. – VIDEO
More Recap after the JUMP…
Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas – Viennese Waltz – Her Dad had a massive stroke, and she’s dancing for him because he loves the show. Aw. I’m going to have to throw her a few votes just for that. (#ivebeenthere) Bruno says, “It’s really really hard, it didn’t flow, you were swinging your arms around like a primate. You will get better.” Carrie Ann, “You had a really rough start, I saw you open up, I see something.” Len says, “I thought you portrayed ease and elegance throughout.” – 1-800-868-3402 – Her Dad is in the audience, and there’s tears all around. Carrie Ann – 6, Len – 6, Bruno – 6 – 18 – VIDEO
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Cha Cha Cha – Lucky Erin is paired with Maks! She’s a perfectionist and wants to be the best. Not bad, but she’s kinda gangly/gawkey. Carrie Ann, “You’ve got good moves…you’ve got to work on your arms, I was impressed.” Len says, “Funky monkey! Good rhythm. Good routine.” Bruno says, “You bring zest and vitality to the competition. You place your feet right on the beat. As a debut, wonderful.” – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 7, Bruno -7 – 21 – 1-800-868-3403 – VIDEO – VIDEO
Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower – Viennese Waltz – Jake gives Chelsie a rose when he meets her. “This doesn’t mean we’re getting married, ” says Chelsie. Har har har. Aw. Poor Jake feels like a big dumb guy. Finally, Chelsie gets a guy who isn’t a stiff. Jake isn’t bad. They dance to “Kiss from a Rose” Oh boy. Len says, “I thought you moved very well, you’ve got to get your posture up, good footwork, great potential.” Bruno says, “Calm down! This is the waltz, don’t bash her around…good effort” Carrie Ann says, “I was really impressed. Your lines were gorgeous, your bravado is very easy on the eyes. Have to work on your posture. Over all, excellent job. – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 6, Bruno – 7 – 20 – 1-800-868-3404 – VIDEO
Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel – Cha cha cha – Niecy loves her “jiggly parts”. Niecy says her dancing sucks, but she’s got some spark out their. Sassy! Aw. Niecy is so happy she’s crying. The crowd is going wild. Bruno says, “It was like watching 2 different personalities, you have to focus on your performance.” Carrie Ann, “How was that not sassy? That was simple that was clean, you added your personality.” Len says, “It was clean, it was clear it was precise, but it was uneventful, a flat cha cha cha.” – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 5, Bruno – 6 – 18 – Niecy dedicates her performance to thick girls everywhere! 1-800-868-3405 – VIDEO
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya – Viennese Waltz – Evan’s coach says he works harder than anyone he knows. Evan says his skating ability is not helping him. Not bad, a little awkward at times. He’s moving in ways he’s not used to. Carrie Ann, “Whooo! You are good. You have some things you need to work on…point your toes, make a connection with the audience.” Len says, “You have great artistry, musicality, elegant, you’ve got clumsy feet, get chemistry between the two of you.” Bruno says, “You’re moving with the grace of a swan. You’re using the space beautifully.” He tells Brooke he’s having trouble forgetting his skating technique. Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 7, Bruno 8 – 23 – 1-800-868-3406 – VIDEO – VIDEO
A message for Buzz from the international space station…
Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa – Cha cha cha – Buzz’s wife says Buzz is a risk taker. He’s 80 years old. Buzz calls Ashly a “cute babe”. He’s stepped on the moon, and tonight’s he’s going to dance with the stars! Oh gosh, it’s so painful watching these older folks dance. I guess Buzz will last a few weeks, and the novelty will have been worth it. He seems like a cool guy, having walked the moon and all. Len says, “Len remembers him walking the moon, unfortunately the dancing wasn’t very good.” Bruno says, “I have to do my job, it looked like you still had your moon boots on.” Carrie Ann says, “You inspired a ton of people tonight.” Brooke is honored to stand next to him. Carrie Ann – 5, Len – 4, Bruno 5 – 14 – 1-800-868-3407 – VIDEO
Host Tom Berenger gives props to the “fantastic” band.
Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough – Viennese Waltz – She’s already a dancer, so she’s kind of a ringer, right? Yeah, she is really good. Plus, she’s paired up with Derek. She’s going to go really far. Bruno says, “A performance of startling finesse…I am astounded” Carrie Ann, “The bar has just been set…you have all the light and shade..I’ve never seen a rountine out of the gate ever.” Len says, “If you look past the facade of the choreography, there’s no footwork, you lack musicality, work on your technique.” There’s Len, playing bad cop again! Redemption will come…oh yes it will. – Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 7, Bruno – 9 – 25 – Nicole swears it’s a far cry from the dancing she’s used to. O rly – 1-800-868-3408 – VIDEO – VIDEO
Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska – Cha Cha Cha – OMG, he’s just..standing there, while Edyta dances around him. I have no idea who this guy is–I don’t watch soaps. Carrie Ann says, “I like your gusto, but it was really disjointed, no musicality.” Len says, “There’s a dancer in there, but it was full of things I didn’t like.” Bruno says, “The cha cha cha with nothing going on in the groin…it wasn’t hot.” Carrie Ann – 5 Len – 5, Bruno – 5 – 15 – Aiden says he gave it his all. – Edyta begs for votes – 1-800-868-3409 – VIDEO – VIDEO
Saving the two trainwrecks for last…
Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani – She’s feeling insecure! But she’s going to stick it out! Wow she sucked! Yay! Len says, “The first dance, you don’t know what to expect, you looked nervous” Bruno says, “It’s a whole new world for you, your technique was terrible…assume a persona. It looked like tony was pushing around a shopping cart.” Carrie Ann says, “Every single aspect of this is new to you…there was a sweet vulnerability that resonates.” Carrie Ann – 6, Len – 5, Bruno – 5 – 16. Kate says she’s honored to be here. And for some reason, she’s glad her kids can “rest easy tonight” – 1-800-868-3410 – VIDEO – VIDEO
Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood – Cha cha cha – Pamela is dancing with some crazy old woman with crazy hair. She’s also the “most downloaded woman on the internet.” Ahem. Bringing her stripper moves to the Cha cha cha. Not sure if that was good dancing, but the guys should like it. Bruno says, “Stripperella is back home! Do it to me girl!” Carrie Ann says, “You do not disappoint, you were having fun and fully engage, that was a little much.” Len says, “This cast of celebrities have been brilliant, Overall it was a mess.” Tom looks like he’s going to have a heart attack. – Carrie Ann – 7, Len – 6, Bruno – 8 – 21 – 1-800-868-3411 – VIDEO