SAN DIEGO – March 18, 2013 – What would week one of a new season on Dancing With The Stars be without a few early favorites, a few pleasant surprises, and a train wreck or two? We got them all in tonight’s first show.
Although she was expected to dance well, Disney actress/singer Zendaya Coleman was a delight with partner Val Chmerkovskiy in one of the newly introduced dances in the competition, a beautiful contemporary routine that received the highest score of the night. Zendaya is the youngest competitor this season at age 16, but she is polished beyond her age.
At the other end of the age spectrum, 56-year-old Olympic and world figure skating champion Dorothy Hamill also danced a contemporary routine with partner Tristan McManus. The song “Tiny Dancer” was perfect for her, allowing her to connect with her partner and the audience. Her posture is beautiful; all she needs now is practice.
Hamill is tied for second with Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, who danced a cha cha cha; and former American Idol competitor and country singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, who also danced a cha cha cha. Pickler and Hough might have been scored higher, but they were the very first dancers of the season.
In the middle of the pack were Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, who tackled a difficult contemporary routine; Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, who pleased the audience but not the judges with an energetic cha cha cha full of attitude that seemed like an extended end zone dance; Bachelor Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd and boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, who both got through their foxtrots showing plenty of charm and promise.
In the bottom third were Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, who stumbled through her foxtrot with Gleb Savchenko; and country singer Wynonna, who showed determination if not skill in her foxtrot with last year’s champion, Tony Dovoloni.
The lowest scores went to the two comedians in the competition. Andy Dick and DL Hughley. Although he scored low, there was an “ugly duckling” sort of charm as judge Carrie Ann Inaba described Andy Dick’s foxtrot. You couldn’t help but root for him, and he seemed to enjoy himself.
Far behind was DL Hughley, whose cha cha cha was simply awful. Not even the presence of Cheryl Burke selling it as best she could helped. Later on Twitter, Hughley wrote, “Whew!! Well the good news is they used all the 4’s up!!! Lol,” followed by “My wife just left me for Andy Dick! LOL!” There were several other hilarious remarks on Hughley’s Twitter account that can’t be printed, but you can check them out on http://www.twitter.com/RealDLHughley
Fortunately for Hughley, there is no elimination this week, but it probably just delays the inevitable. All the couples will be back to dance once more next Monday night. But fans can vote this week and next week, and all the votes will be added to the judges’ scores to determine who goes home next week.
The leaderboard after week one:
Zendaya and Val: 8-8-8 = 24
Kellie and Derek: 7-7-7 = 21
Aly and Mark: 7-7-7 = 21
Dorothy and Tristan 7-7-7 = 21
Ingo and Kym: 7-6-7 = 20
Jacoby and Karina: 7-6-7 = 20
Sean and Peta: 7-6-6 = 19
Victor and Lindsay: 6-6-6 = 18
Lisa and Gleb: 6-6-6 = 18
Wynonna and Tony: 6-6-6 = 18
Andy and Sharna: 6-5-6 = 17
DL and Cheryl: 4-4-4 = 12
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Cha Cha Cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Foxtrot
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Contemporary
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Foxtrot
Voting # 1-800-868-3404
DL Hughley and Cheryl Burke: Cha cha cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3405
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Foxtrot
Voting # 1-800-8683407
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Cha Cha Cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus: Contemporary
Voting # 1-800-868-3409
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovoloni : Cha Cha Cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3410
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Cha Cha Cha
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
“Dancing With the Stars” airs next Monday night, March 25, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, with the first results show on Tuesday night, March 26, on the ABC Television Network.
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