Dancing with the Stars is BACK! Cha-cha-cha!

There are three television shows I can’t live without: The Office, Lost and Dancing with the Stars. Most of the time, my opinion never matches the judges, but over the years I’ve definitely learned the difference between the cha-cha-cha and the samba, and what dances you do with a heel lead and which without.

While last season was a little blah, I think ABC is setting expectations low with only 11 contestants. I think this season is really going to be filled with a lot of surprises.

Since Tom Bergeron got right into it, so am I. Here are the recaps!

Chad Ochocinco, Cha-Cha-Cha: With a partner like Cheryl Burke, you’re always going to succeed. ABC did it right by starting with Chad, and even Len liked it. He definitely has natural rhythm, and my prediction is that he’s going to go far. But then again, I thought my bracket picks were good too.
Score: 6-6-6 (that should tell you something – yikes!)

Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Shannen Doherty, Viennese Waltz: I LOVE Mark Ballas. He is my dream DWTS partner. So I am slightly jealous of Shannen. She’s a little spooky, and makes me a bit nervous because of her fear of live performance. But we need to remember, this lady was in the classic 80’s flick Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with SJP. Shannen did fantastic! Should get high marks! And her dad in the stands! She’s my favorite so far!
Score: 6-6-6 (what are the judges talking about??)

Erin Andrews, Cha-Cha-Cha: First thoughts? Super awkward. Wasn’t she a cheerleader? Did I hear that wrong? Also, she’s freakin’ tall. Len and Bruno always love the leggy blondes. Maybe I never agree with them out of pure jealousy. But I really didn’t think this was very good, and it seems like the judges REALLY liked it.
Score: 7-7-7 (highest of the night so far)

Jake Pavelka, Viennese Waltz: From his intro video, this could be a mess. Definitely not better than the three before him, but Chelsie is such a good partner, she was able to make up for the mistakes. Len is being super nice tonight. It’s scaring me.
Score: 7-6-7 (the judges are on crack)

Niecy Nash, Cha-Cha-Cha I have know idea if she’s even talented yet, but she’s f-ing hilarious. Alright, she’s got a little rhythm. Not great, but fun to watch! It seems like she and Louis really get along, and I really like them together. Standing ovation! Definitely the fan favorite. Good job girl! “Way to work those jiggly parts.” -Tom
Score: 7-5-6 (Carrie Ann loves the sass!)

Evan Lysacek, Viennese Waltz: Damn you Evan! You tried to trick us with your intro video. Much better than I expected. Still a few kinks, but he’s got that skater’s ability. Carrie Ann just did her first WOO-HOO of the season. I think this score is going to be high. Bruno: “You’re moving with the grace of a swan.”
Score: 8-7-8 (FINALLY, I called it!)

Buzz Aldrin's cha-cha-cha did not impress. Photo courtesy of MTV

Buzz Aldrin, Cha-Cha-Cha: I’ve said it already, but I’ll say it again, I wish Frank Borman was doing the show. Buzz gives a shout out to West Point (“we had dances at West Point, they were called hops.”)! Ok, he’s adorable. He’s won me over. But the dancing wasn’t good. With that said, if I’m still dancing at 80-years old, give me a medal. (And I’ve been to those West Point “hops,” none of those cadets can dance.)
Score: 5-4-5

Nicole Scherzinger, Viennese Waltz: First of all, I love that Derek Hough always has to be paired with gorgeous women. And we’ll always vote for them because we love seeing him flirt. But Nicole is really good. Definitely stepping away from the Pussycat Dolls. Bruno is “astounded,” and Carrie Ann said “the bar has been set for Season 10.” Of course, Len hated it.
Score: 9-7-9 (Len is so weird sometimes)

Aiden Turner, Cha-Cha-Cha: First impression, he seems a little full of himself. He better back up that talk with some dancing! Hmm, I don’t know what to say. That wasn’t very good..it wasn’t really much of anything. If I were Edyta, I would only wear my dancing costumes, everywhere I went. Bruno bringing up Kenny Mayne. Aiden, that’s not good.
Score: 5-5-5

Kate Gosselin, Viennese Waltz: She looks so different! I want to see the kids! Tony seems like the nicest guy and they always (aside from Melissa) give him the most difficult partners. Super slow dance, but I’m glad Kate got over her “insecurities.” I’m scared – Kate may kill Bruno. I think Bruno may be unleashing a lot of “mommy” issues.
Score: 6-5-5

Pamela Anderson, Cha-Cha-Cha: There’s a good chance that Pamela Anderson is drunk. Hey, its a long show. But, there’s something endearing about her. I also want to run a comb through her hair. Carrie Ann and Bruno seem to like it. Len said it was a “mess.” I’m with Len.
Score: 7-6-8

Pam Anderson's dancing was as crazy as her hair. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

I think this was a GREAT start, and I’m excited for the next set of dances! Brooke Burke is a nice addition – she did a great job. I called it at the beginning, low expectations make for a surprise night of dancing! Throwing a bit of a curve ball, the next episode isn’t until next Monday, March 29. So get to those phones and vote!

Prediction: Aiden Turner is ousted first.

Til next week!

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