Dancing with the Stars: Week 1

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dancingwiththestarsIt’s that time of the year again folks! Dancing with the Stars is back with 12 couples competing in the shows 16th season. This season we have an assortment of stars ready to put their dancing shoes on and entertain us. Which stars proved they have the talent to make it far in the competition and which stars will dance their way into elimination? Let’s review!

Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy- Zendaya is the next perfect Disney star to make their way onto the dance floor. I really would love to know what drug these Disney kids ingest to become these perfect little performers. Zendaya might just be the next winner of DWTS, but history has proven that viewers will put them in the top 3 but won’t vote for them to win. Zendaya performed a very beautiful and age appropriate Contemporary dance. At 16 years old she’s going to make the older competition fight to win. Zendaya scored 24 out of 30 points.

Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus– Olympic legend Dorothy Hamill performed a heartfelt Contemporary dance. I thought the dance was very nice because Hamill looked like she was having the time of her life on the dance floor, but overall the dance was a bit messy. I don’t want to criticize her because she enjoyed herself, but overtime she’ll become a stronger dancer and her performances will be a bit more structured. Hamill scored 21 points.

Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough– Country singer Kellie Pickler opened the new season and set the bar high. Pickler moves really well and has a great personality, which is good for her future in the competition. No surprise Derek got paired with yet another amazing dancer. Pickler scored 21 out of 30 points.

Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas– DWTS winner Shawn Johnson set the bar very high for Olympic gymnasts. Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman danced the Cha Cha in her first week of competition. Raisman isn’t as good as Johnson but she showed a great deal of potential and will be a dancer to watch out for. Raisman scored 21 out of 30 points.

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson– Soap Star Ingo Rademacher performed a contemporary dance. For those who don’t know the contemporary routine has been added to the list of dances the stars will be forced to perform. I thought the dance was very nice, especially for week 1, but with all the lifts that were involved it was hard to see what potential is really there. When he was dancing on his own a lot of his movements seemed very forced. This first dance didn’t really give me much to go on other than he’s good at lifts. I’m more interested in how he’ll handle the more fast paced dances. Rademacher scored 20 out of 30 points.

Jacoby Jones & Katina Smirnoff- Football player Jacoby Jones hit the dance floor with so much energy during his Cha Cha. Sometimes all that energy can throw the dance off and unfortunately that’s what happened. Though, his dance skills will make him a lot of fun to watch once he controls himself a bit more. Jones scored 20 points.

Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd- Bachelor star Sean Lowe joined DWTS to learn how to dance for his wedding day! How adorable. See something like that will make fools like me vote for him. Lowe’s first dance in the competition was the Foxtrot. During the dance he was very stiff, but in hold he hit his mark. Lowe just needs to loosen up and get more comfortable with dancing and he’ll be alright. We most definetly do not have the next winner on our hands, but he’s nice to look at. Lowe scored 19 points.

Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold– Boxing champion Victor Ortiz proved that he has the potential to be a very smooth dancer. Ortiz performed the Foxtrot for his first dance of the season and while you could tell he was nervous, he was very slick. Ortiz hit every mark in his dance, he just needs to trust himself a bit more and learn to move those hips. He was a bit stiff, but this first dance showed he’s a good learner and will become a wonderful dancer. Ortiz scored 18 points.

Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani– Country singer Wynonna Judd performed the Cha Cha for her first dance. Sometimes you have a favorite in a season simply based on personality and Judd is so much fun to watch even if her dancing isn’t top notch. You could tell Judd was playing it very safe during her dance, but she’s another star who just needs to get comfortable dancing. I think she’ll excel when it comes to the slower dances. Judd scored 18 points.

Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko- Reality star Lisa Vanderpump was surprisingly adequate during her first dance. Her Foxtrot was very charming but I think she’s going to find a lot of difficulty with the faster dances. For a woman who’s face doesn’t move very much she has a great personality that will keep her in the competition for a few weeks. Vanderpump scored 18 out of 30 points.

Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess- Comic Andy Dick is making his comeback and it begins with a Foxtrot. You could tell Dick put way too much pressure on himself, so the beginning of the dance was very sloppy, but as the dance went on it got so much smoother. I twitched a few times watching him, but there was a part of me smiling when he hit the steps just right. He’s got a long way to go but there’s a littler dancer within him. Dick scored 17 points.

D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke- I love Dancing with the Stars because it’s not just an entertainment show, it’s a show where people who don’t know how to dance evolve and become better. Now, comedian D.L. Hughley is not a very good dancer, and will not make it past week 3, but for the judges to really rip into him on the first week of dancing is wrong. These stars come out and work their asses off to impress the judges, their family and the viewers and it’s not right to insult them when they are working hard. Hughley scored 12 out of 30 on his Cha Cha.

Tune in Monday night at 8pm ET on ABC to watch the stars redeem themselves before elimination only on Dancing with the Stars!

  • John Rivera

    I got DL Hugely going home (Andy Dick as my alternate)

  • What the heck did Wyonna Judd even do on that damn floor besides put one foot in front of the other. SHE WALKED! I get why people like her, but I’m all about who deserves to be there. That said, D.L. Hughley was pretty awful as well. Andy Dick might’ve been sloppy in parts but he didn’t deserve the rancor the judges unfairly spewed at him. And Brooke’s question to him, post-dancing was unprofessional. I think Kelly Pickler has this competition in the bag.

  • Extra helpful hint to anyone following Dancing With The Stars, one of the most enjoyable commentators is Travis http://travsthoughts.blogspot.com/ He and his wife Pam are so good on the commentary that even people who don’t watch the show like to see what Trav had to say about it.