You know all is right with the reality television world when you hear the music, see the sparkles bounce off the disco ball, and then on comes the booming announcer voice: Welcome! To 'Dancing With The Stars'!
Much has been said in the weeks preceding the competition about the choices for the season 13 cast. I say, let's just watch them dance. And tonight, some of them actually did. (Warning: Spoiler Alert!)
Here's a recap, from the highest scoring couple, to the lowest scoring couple:
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani - 22 out of 30
Phillips is fine without the Wilson! The singer managed her nerves pretty well and this girl is about as graceful as anyone we've seen this early in the competition.
The judges are wowed by her Viennese waltz, with Len Goodman saying it might not have been the best "first dance" he's ever seen, but it was close. Carrie Ann Inaba said Chynna showed a few nervous moments, but for the most part, her dance was magical.
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff - 22 out of 30
If you don't watch soap operas, right now you are probably saying "who's J.R. Martinez?" He's been a star on ABC's "All My Children," playing an injured Iraq war vet. In real life, J.R. is an injured Iraq war vet. And while he says he doesn't have dance skills, J.R. showed otherwise during his first dance; this guy had one of the most fluid Viennese waltz's we've seen.
The judges offered words of encouragement and praise.
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 21 out of 30
The soccer superstar is not used to being "girly" so it's fun to see her in a flowing pink dress and dancing the Viennese waltz. You absolutely see her potential; and like we've seen with so many athletes in previous seasons, she knows how to listen to her "coach" and stay focused.
The judges are impressed and you can tell they want to see more.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough - 20 out of 30
Derek's back! And Ricki Lake knows she is one lucky lady. She said she was inspired by her friend Kirstie Alley's achievements last season, and wants to learn how to dance, and drop a few pounds.
The duo performs a lovely and fluid Viennese waltz, and Carrie Ann told Ricki she looked like a princess.
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas - 19 out of 30
Kristin wants to make it clear that she is not a mean person in real life; she just plays one on TV. "The Hills" star seems very perky and very engaged during the rehearsals. Mark is very happy to learn he's gotten a partner who is naturally coordinated. They perform the cha cha cha for their first dance.
Kristin seems a little reserved (okay, I get it, this would make anyone nervous!), and the judges called her out on it. Still, all three judges had positive and encouraging words for the coming weeks.
David Arquette and Kym Johnson - 18 out of 30
I love how honest this guy is! Right out of the box he's saying he's eight months sober and he thinks the fundamentals of dancing are a perfect fit for where his head is right now.
He wants to work on being "present" and he did that so much it was a bit of a problem; he couldn't fake it when he made a mistake or two during his Viennese waltz. If David works on his poker face, his charm on the dance floor will take him far.
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer - 17 out of 30
Chaz is a very serious man and is hoping his time with a spitfire like Lacey can help loosen him up and bring out the "fun." He said he's feeling pressure to do well in his cha cha cha because of all the support he's been given for undertaking this challenge.
Carrie Ann told Chaz he did not disappoint, and all three judges praised his footwork and timing.
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya - 17 out of 30
He is nothing but fun and I hope he stays around for a few weeks just for the entertainment factor. Can he dance? Not so much. But he definitely knows how to work the crowd.
The judges loved the fun, energy, and camp of his cha cha cha and told him to start working on technique.
Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus - 16 out of 30
The TV lawyer says she's doing this to show she's not always serious and likes to have fun. She gets to shake it with the cha cha cha and one of the show's new dancers, Irish cutie Tristan McManus. He's sometimes hard to understand with that thick accent but who cares? He's adorable.
Carrie Ann praised Nancy's spark, but Len called her dance "underwhelming."
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke - 16 out of 30
Riddle me this: Rob tells us he wants to get out of his sister's shadows, and yet, there they are front and center in the audience. Rob has a goal he may or may not be able to meet; he wants to last in the show longer than sister Kim did during her stint in 2008 (three weeks). He has a great smile but his feet didn't really work too well with the Viennese waltz.
The judges said they see potential, he just needs to relax. Len said he wasn't impressed, but he wasn't depressed either.
Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy - 15 out of 30
It's just as exciting to meet Maks' little brother as it is to meet the actual "star." And with her Italian and his Russian, it's a wonder these two will be able to communicate at all! And it's even harder for those of us at home.
But they are beautiful to look at. The dancing... not really there this round.
Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd - 14 out of 30
Artest seemed to be channeling a bit of Dennis Rodman during his cha cha cha with female newcomer, Peta.
Like Carson, he can perform for the crowd; but the dancing, again, like Carson, not so much.
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