Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 13 began Monday night, and wow, was it a great show! Before I give you my highs and lows of the premiere episode, here’s a recap of your all-star cast:
Carson Kressley – “The Fashion Guru” with Anna Trebunskaya
Chaz Bono – “The Most Unexpected” with Lacey Schwimmer
Chynna Phillips – “The Pop Princess” with Tony Dovolani
Elisabetha Canalis – “The Italian Beauty” with newbie, Val Chmerkovskiy
Hope Solo – “The Soccer Superstar” with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
J.R. Martinez – “Soap’s Real-Life Hero” with Karina Smirnoff
Kristin Cavallari – “The Reality Sweetheart” with Mark Ballas
Nancy Grace – “The Courtroon Queen” with Tristan MacManus
Ricki Lake – “Daytime’s Darling” with (He’s back!) Derek Hough
Rob Kardashian – “Reality’s Royalty” with Cheryl Burke
Ron Artest – “The NBA Champion” with Peta Murgatroyd
David Arquette – “King of the Big Scream” with Kym Johnson
This season has a great mix of stars. From sports to reality, and of course, controversy! One of the most talked about was the show’s first ever transgender contestant, Chaz Bono. Chaz delivered an energetic and rhythmic Cha Cha Monday night, which put him in the middle of the leaderboard. It lacked in technique, but was fun to watch. David Arquette was portrayed as a bit goofy in rehearsals, but to my surprise delivered a fairly graceful Viennese Waltz.
Iraq war veteran turned soap star, J.R. Martinez, was not only charming and likable, but was so smooth on the dance floor! Tied with a high score of 22, J.R. is the one to watch. Chynna Phillips also received a 22 for her Viennese Waltz, where she displayed elegance from head to toe. Her arm-styling was gorgeous!
Carrie Ann Inaba said her favorite dance of the night was Carson Kressley’s Cha Cha, which was a train wreck. Though he danced on the beat, he has no natural rhythm in that body whatsoever! Come on Carrie Ann, entertaining does not mean good! Rob Kardashian got a bit “robbed” with a score of 16 for his Viennese Waltz. He displayed good posture and presence on the floor, and could be a surprise!
Ron Artest, or “Metta World Peace” (Huh?) was not so smooth for a sports star. He was all legs and feet, and did not know how to control them. Hope and Ricki get an honorable mention, along with Kristin’s Cha Cha.
If it was up to me, though he was very entertaining to watch (not in a good way), Carson is a must go! Who are you rooting for this season?
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