Dancing with the Stars has begun its new season! Excuse my French, but shit, that was the best first show to a season of Dancing with the Stars I have ever seen!!! I don’t believe I have ever been so impressed and excited by a group of stars to this magnitude before.
Coming into this season I was extremely unsure of how each star would perform. I knew certain stars would be better than others, but never did I expect every star to come out and perform really well. Granted, it’s only the first of many nights of dancing, so I’m looking forward to what the stars will bring next week. But right now our focus is Monday night, so here we go.
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: Nobody knew what to expect from the Operatic singer from Wales. All we really knew about her is that she’s big overseas and that she’s performed before on the Dancing with the Stars stage, but she blew me away with her Foxtrot the second it started. What she danced, and you may see me say this again a few more times, wasn’t the type of dance you expect to see during the first week. She is such a beautiful dancer; she’s elegant, light on her feet and so close to perfect. She was amazing. She definitely set the bar really high for herself but she’ll be able to top Monday’s performance. I see her doing very well with the slow dances and even the quick step, but I wonder how she will handle dances like the Cha Cha and the Jive that involve a lot of hip action. I guess we’ll find out. She scored 26 out of 30 points.
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: A lot of attention has been on the TV star since it was announced he would be struttin’ his stuff on the dance floor. Well, White did not disappoint with his dazzling Foxtrot. There were times he was a bit heavy on his feet but his suave and smoothness saved it. I don’t think I would have given him such a high score because I don’t think his dance was spectacular like Jenkins Foxtrot was. But, in the end he scored 26 out of 30 points.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke: I always enjoy watching hot people dance, they always do those moves with their hips and you know they’re good at it because there hot and must do it a lot not on the dance floor. Not many people, including myself, knew what to expect from the model/actor. But he came out onto the dance floor and sexed it up with his Cha Cha. Levy has the potential to be better but he needs to become a bit more fluid in his movements and not just strut around the dance floor shaking his hips like a mad man. I enjoyed his dance very much and I look forward to seeing what he will do with a more composed dance like the Waltz. Levy scored 24 out of 30 points.
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: If there was ever a need for an “I told you so” it would fit perfectly when talking about this Disney channel star. Ok, he’s from Disney and to be on Disney you need to have four major components, you need to know how to dance, sing, act and smile. So it’s no shock this kid knew how to shake those little hips during his Cha Cha. Fegan has a lot of talent as a dancer, he has great rhythm, his timing was incredible and he’s so energetic during his dances that you can’t help but be entertained. During his Cha Cha, he took his strength, which is Hip Hop, and incorporated it into his dance which made it so much fun. He is a very good dancer and will only get better, plus if he makes it all the way to the end, his free style will probably be in the group of best free styles on Dancing with the Stars. I think he deserved a better score, but because he had more Hip Hop then Cha Cha in his dance he scored 23 out of 30 points.
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: I knew The View co-host would be very excited to get out there and dance her Foxtrot Monday night. My concern for Shepherd was she would get too excited and get too ahead of herself during the dance, but I worry no more, well for right now. She stayed in time with her Foxtrot and hit every mark. Her lines were great but she needs to work on extending her arms but she’s got it. She has this joy on the dance floor which you can’t help but get sucked into. I see her excelling in many dances but having a hard time with the quick step. She scored 23 out of 30 points.
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus: I didn’t know what was to come from the Grammy winning singer, but the second she started dancing her Cha Cha I was hooked. She can dance and she shakes those hips like she means business. She missed a few steps during her dance because she got very excited, but it’s the first week and for a first week dance it was fantastic. Knight will make it very far in this competition if she keeps up the good work. She scored 23 out of 30 points.
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya: I don’t understand why the soap star received such a high score for his Foxtrot. Yes, it was entertaining, but Wagner forgot his steps and got too ahead of himself at times. He just needs to slow down, stay in time with the dance and keep his composure. I get that it’s just the first night but his dance wasn’t 23 points good.
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: Actress and Extra host, has three-time champ Derek Hough at her side, so excuse me if I am not shocked there Cha Cha was pretty awesome. Though, she was very good and I think deserved a better score. She had a good time dancing and showed a lot of potential. She will most definitely succeed with the faster dances and I’m curious how she will do with the slower dances. She had great timing, but she just needs to move those hips a bit more. She’s got what it takes to make it far. She scored 21 out of 30 points.
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: Well, it’s been proven once again that football players make great dancers. But yea, this guy is a contender. His Cha Cha was fun and exciting, and woo can he move those hips. Plus, did anyone else find it interesting that he was wearing the same outfit Hines Ward did when he competed? Either way, this guy has the excitement to give us entertaining dances week after week. Driver scored 21 out of 30 points.
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff: I think I was most excited to see singer DeGraw perform his Foxtrot Monday night. I’m a big fan of him, mainly because he sings the theme song to one of my favorite shows. Though I wasn’t expecting much from the singer, I was impressed. He was better than I thought he would be. He hits the beats when he’s supposed to, but he just needs to loosen up a bit so when he does hit them it’s more fluid. He was very proud of himself after the dance and I can’t put the guy down. For the first night he did a good job. He scored 20 out of 30 points.
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Man do I hate a sob story, and right from the start Gilbert turned me off with her introduction about being divorced and breaking her back. I mean it sucks, but does anybody really care? Shit happens. It’s not like it’s a touching story like others have had where we care because, well, it’s meaningful in some way. But back to the dancing. The actress danced the Cha Cha and for a first dance she did a wonderful job. She has a lot to improve on, but it can be done, especially with Maks as her partner. The potential is there, she just needs to loosen up a bit more. When I first saw her perform I had a thought she may be the Kirstie Alley of Season 14, but with so much talented competition out there I think she’ll only last a few weeks. She scored 20 out of 30 points.
Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: The former tennis pro gave us a dance that is expected during the first week of competition. She was very careful and stiff during her Foxtrot, but so elegant at the same time. Navratilova will be great at the slower dances, but man I do fear the fast ones. She scored 20 out of 30 points.
I’m pretty sure this is the best season premiere Dancing with the Stars has ever seen. Almost every star has the potential to improve and win, and it’s actually really exciting to be totally unaware of who will be going home during next Tuesday’s elimination show. I look forward to the rest of the season and I hope you’re all biting you nails in anticipation wondering who will be the first star eliminated.
Watch Dancing with the Stars Monday night at 8 pm ET on ABC, where all the stars will be given another chance to perform before one star is eliminated Tuesday night.