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Dancing with the Stars: 16.01 – “Season Premiere”

We’re back for another season of Dancing with the Stars. Unlike last season, there are 12 new celebrities taking the floor for a new round of competition. Not much new to add. The show has its formula down pat and nothing seems to have changed. There will be no results show this week. The first couple won’t be eliminated until Week 2. So all of the stars will at least have two routines before the first one is thrown off. Let’s get started.

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Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough – “Domino” – Cha-Cha-Cha
Kellie Pickler is a former American Idol contestant who’s now become a country superstar. I found her insufferable on Idol but she’s a likable personality. She has a lot of fun with Derek in the rehearsal footage. She’ll be one of the more entertaining performers to watch. It’s time for them to take the stage and they perform the Cha-Cha-Cha to Jessie J’s “Domino”. The performance seems really short. Maybe they have to be shorter because of all the performances they have to squeeze into the 2 hours? It was a fun performance and Kellie seems game for anything. She’s going to be successful on this show, I can tell. The judges really liked it and didn’t have much criticism.
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

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Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold – “Daylight” – Foxtrot
Victor Ortiz is a successful boxer that has an interesting backstory, which seems to be a requirement for this show. His professional part is newcomer Lindsay Arnold. She’s not even a troop member from a previous season. She was a contestant from the past season of So You Think You Can Dance, so I’m already rooting for her because I enjoyed her on that show. Victor seems to have a positive attitude. Athletes do well on this show and I see that being the case again. He’s a little sloppy during the performance but he has great chemistry with Lindsay. I can see him being a threat this season. The judges liked him too. Nothing controversial about the show yet…that could be trouble for ratings.
Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 18

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Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson – “Yellow” – Contemporary
Apparently they are adding the Contemporary style as a regular dance this season. Not sure how I feel about that. You have to have a lot of skill to pull off Contemporary routines as compared to Ballroom routines. Ingo is a famous soap star from General Hospital that is paired with two-time winner Kym Johnson. (I thought she wasn’t supposed to be on this season because she was during the Australian version of The Celebrity Apprentice. I’m wrong?) It’s a decent routine and I thought they both did well despite the style of dance being completely over Ingo’s head. He was physically good but he needed to have more emotion and depth to his performance. Carrie Ann & Bruno really liked it, while Len said that he wasn’t sold at all.
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total: 20

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Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko – “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” – Foxtrot
Lisa Vanderpump is a reality TV star that is mostly known for being on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and her recent spin-off about one of her restaurant ventures Vanderpump Rules. Lisa is a little reserved in her rehearsal footage, but she has a good sense of humor about herself and that’s what makes her one of the more appealing women of the Housewives franchise. It was a decent performance. Len told her that it was acceptable but being average won’t get her anywhere in the competition. Bruno said that her necklace might’ve weighed her down and gave her some things to work on. Carrie Ann basically agreed.
Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 18

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D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke – “Low” – Cha-Cha-Cha
D.L. Hughley is a stand-up comedian, actor and TV host. He’s basically done it all on television. Now he’s adding DWTS contestant to his resume. I think we have our first terrible performance of the night. He’s very awkward with everything. His arm movements are something to behold. He also has this weird smirk on his face, like he’s constantly aware of how ridiculous he is during the dance. It’s hard to watch. It doesn’t look like he rehearsed at all. I like D.L. most of the time but he didn’t even try tonight. I think he could be in danger of the first one eliminated next week.
Carrie Ann: 4
Len: 4
Bruno: 4
Total: 12

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Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy – “Feel Again” – Contemporary
Zendaya Coleman is a Disney Channel star that is starring on one of its hit shows Shake It Up. At 16 years-old, she is the youngest contestant ever on the show. They’re doing Contemporary, which is going to be difficult for a first week dance. It’s easily the strongest of the night so far. But there’s still something a little weird about that style being performed on the show. Zendaya danced it well, but she didn’t seem as emotionally invested in the performance as Val did. She has a lot of potential though. Even if it is a little unfair that she probably has more dance experience than the other contestants this season.
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

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Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd – “The Power of Love” – Foxtrot
Sean Lowe is the last man to star as ABC’s The Bachelor and he was just announced as the 12th contestant a few weeks ago, later than the 11 others. I found it extremely weird that during the rehearsal footage, he talked about the tabloids focusing on his personal life and how he doesn’t like that. Well then don’t try to look for a relationship on a TV series. That would be one way of people not discussing your private life. I already dislike him for that comment alone. The performance is okay. He’s a little haphazard and that makes his movements sloppy. He’s not very gentle with his partner either. I have no investment in him either way though.
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 19

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Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas – “Live While We’re Young” – Cha-Cha-Cha
Aly Raisman is one of the gold medal winners from the past Summer Olympics. She was technically already on the show during last year’s finale when the Fierce 5 appeared in Shawn Johnson’s freestyle finale performance. But now she’s her own contestant and dancing with two-time winner Mark Ballas. It’s a little bit of a disappointment. Former gymnast Shawn Johnson set the bar high for the show and Aly didn’t quite match it. It’s still only the first week and it’s better to grow as a performer than to come out of the gate at the top. The judges were impressed though and said that she has a lot of potential.
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

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Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus – “Tiny Dancer” – Contemporary
Another Olympic champion on the show this year, however Dorothy won her medals in 1976. She’s also famous for her famous wedge haircut in the 1970s. Dorothy got through breast cancer a few years ago and was inspired by watching Kristi Yamaguchi during Season 6. She gets a Contemporary routine. It’s actually very beautiful and makes me rethink the decision to include Contemporary. If they can continue to do routines like this that actually make the dancer look good and not like they’re struggling around. Dorothy was also very emotionally involved with the piece and that helped elevate it. The judges really enjoyed it too. I might put Dorothy Hamill as my favorite of the season so far. She should’ve gotten high scores from the judges.
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

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Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani – “I’ve Got the Music in Me” – Cha-Cha-Cha
Wynonna Judd is a country legend and has recently had some difficulties in her life. Last summer her husband was in a terrible motorcycle accident and he had his left leg amputated. She’s doing this for her husband and it’s a really nice story. The set-up for the dance is a little weird at the beginning. There’s a little gospel opening where she and Tony both rise from church pews and start the dance. I appreciate the staging because it added more to the performance. Wynonna is a little stiff in her movements but I think we can expect some entertaining and unexpected things from her, which is something the show desperately needs every season.
Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 18

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Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess – “Witchcraft” – Foxtrot
Andy Dick is an actor and comedian that is more known for his off-camera antics than for his acting or comedy. He’s had problems with drinking and drugs, but he’s sober now and it really showed in the rehearsal footage. He was crying through most of it and proclaimed his fear of failing on this show. He doesn’t have to worry about that because he was fantastic tonight. The routine itself was actually beautiful. The lighting, the costumes, the performance. Everything worked for them and it ended up being one of the highlights of the night. The judges gave some weird criticisms, but basically told him that he did very well but he’s got a long way to go for improvements.
Carrie Ann: 6
Len: 5
Bruno: 6
Total: 17

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Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff – “Good Feeling” – Cha-Cha-Cha
Jacoby is an NFL player that recently won the Superbowl with the Baltimore Ravens. They delve a little bit into his personal life, but honestly I’m a little tired of people’s personal stories on this show. NFL players do well on this show and I would be surprised if he doesn’t make it all the way to finale night. It’s a solid performance but I think I need to see more of his personality in the rehearsal footage and on the dance floor because I’m sold on him. I better get used to it because he’s going to be sticking around for a while.
Carrie Ann: 7
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total: 20

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OVERALL:
It was a decent premiere. Already it’s more interesting and exciting than the premiere episode of All-Stars, but that wasn’t going to be hard to do. The show could use a little more drama and excitement this season. The most interesting moments came from Andy Dick & Wynonna Judd. They need to improve their performances a little more to justify their presence in the coming weeks. Dorothy Hamill is my favorite so far, which really surprises me.

There’s no elimination this week. Tomorrow night’s episode is just a recap of tonight’s show with some new behind-the-scenes footage to add something new. It’s still early and there’s time to improvement next week, but I would be surprised if D.L. Hughley wasn’t the first one eliminated. He’s at a level far below everybody else and even if he catches up, it’ll be too little-too late.

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