Well, it's a new season of DWTS, and here I am again. These are the dancetestants, and you can read about them by clicking on their names. I like how they have the dancers introduce themselves this time.
Soap star Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinkska
Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa
NFL star Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke
ESPN host Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Olympic skating champion Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya
Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
TLC star Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
Comedienne and host Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel
Actress and model Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood
Actress Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas
First up are Cheryl and Chad dancing the Cha-Cha. He wanted her to be tough on him during rehearsals and help him learn to dance and not compliment him unless he deserved it. For the first dance of a new season, he did do well. Len praised him. So did Bruno and Carrie Ann. I like him and always like Cheryl. Scores: 6/6/6 = 18 out of 30.
Next Shannen and Mark danced the Viennese waltz. Shannen said she was dancing for her father who had a stroke and loves the show. She was awkward and seemed nervous but did pretty well for her first dance. Bruno said the choreography was difficult for the first week but that she would get better. Carrie Ann said she had stumbles but potential. Len said she portrayed ease and elegance and that she coped with a difficult routine. Shannen cried because of seeing her dad while she danced. Scores: 6/6/6 = 18.
Erin and Maksim seem to be a good match to work together. She told him she was nervous because she heard he was hard on his dancers but she asked for that. He said, "They ask for me and then regret it." She told him she didn't ask for him. She asked for Tony. Then she was hard on herself, and Maks told her to let him correct her - "Don't judge! I judge! It's one pleasure I have to bitch at people and you're taking it away." I'm following Maks on Twitter, and he seems to be having fun. The judges all praised her Cha-Cha. Scores: 7/7/7 = 21.
Jake and Chelsie danced the Viennese waltz. Oh, good grief, Jake took Chelsie a rose when he first met her at the airport. He's a pilot. He, too, is a perfectionist, so Chelsie told him it was about improvement. They're carrying this rose thing too far and used it at the beginning of the dance. I like Chelsie and have enjoyed watching her with her other partners, especially Ty Murray. His movements were choppy at times and graceful some. The judges said he needed to calm down and have better posture but had good footwork. Scores: 7/6/7 = 20.
Niecy and Louie performed the Cha-Cha. Her personality came through and made it fun. She told Louie she likes her jiggly parts and doesn't want to lose them during all this dancing. She was out of breath and speechless when it was over. Bruno told her to focus. Carrie Ann said she was sexy. Len said she was bubbly but the dance was flat. Nicey said she was go happy she remembered her routine. Scores: 7/5/6 = 18.
Evan and Anna met to rehearse in Vancouver. He had problems because the turns for the Viennese waltz are the opposite from his in skating, and he'd get dizzy. I thought he seemed elegant but a little awkward at times. His arm extensions and posture were great. I really like him and how he conducts himself so gentlemanly in interviews. The judges said he needs to point his toes, connect with the audience, and dance in partnership. You can tell Anna wants to win this competition! Scores: 8/7/8 = 23.
Buzz and Ashly danced the Cha-Cha. Buzz is in good shape physically but shows his age. His wife has had too much work done on her face and looks like a lion, and he looks as if he might have had some, too. He's 80 years old but did pretty well - better than some younger ones have done. This is the typical token older person on the show, and he has done something few people have ever done by walking on the Moon. The judges praised him for his accomplishments but not for his dancing. He'll probably be the first to go, but who can tell for sure? Scores: 5/4/5 = 14.
Nicole and Derek performed the Viennese waltz. She had trouble with it during rehearsal but was elegant and graceful during performance. They related well together and to the audience. Very pretty and entertaining. She could be the one to win. Bruno stood up and raved about her. Carrie Ann said she's never seen anyone do this the first night. Len rained on the parade, though, and disagreed (middle score). Scores: 9/7/9 = 25.
Aiden and Edyta got along well during rehearsal and had fun while working hard. They danced the Cha-Cha. Well, some of his moves, footwork, and arm positions were good, and he related well with her while dancing. But he was stiff and awkward. He has a way to go, and I hope he gets to stick around. Edyta really wants to win. The judges said it was disjointed but didn't go anywhere and didn't have much going for it. Bruno even compared him to Kenny Mayne. The scores won't be good. Edyta looked crestfallen. Scores: 5/5/5 = 15.
Kate and Tony rehearsed at the room she had built in her house. Tony questioned her dedication and said she'd have to work hard. They danced the Viennese waltz. She seemed awkward and stiff. I don't like her, so it's hard for me to be objective, but there was no elegance and grace at all in her dancing. The judges said she looked nervous and didn't dance with fluidity, had terrible technique and looked like Tony was pushing a shopping cart around the floor (that was Bruno), and all of this is totally new to her. Scores: 6/5/5 = 16.
Pamela and Damian did the Cha-Cha. Damian is new, and she said she has no rhythm and is tone deaf. She didn't have confidence during rehearsal but knows how to perform. That she did, too! Bruno will go wild because of the sexiness of this dance. Pretty good! Bruno said he could only think of sex, sex, and more sex and said Striparella was back. Carrie Ann said she had fun and was fully engaged. Len said overall it was a mess. Scores: 7/6/8 = 21.
Now I'll vote.