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Ballroom dancing gets a fierce forum as 12 of the medium's best meet up with 12 celebrities... and YOU'RE the ultimate judge!

Recaps by Pierre Kelly, GSNN

Hosts Tom Bergeron & Brooke Burke
Judges Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Announcer Alan Dedicoat
Creator Eric Morley (based upon "Strictly Come Dancing")
EP Conrad Green
Packager BBC Worldwide Productions
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web www.abc.com/dancing
Airs 8p ET Mon & 9p ET Tues, ABC

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Week 1: With the Flick of a Switch...
September 20

Once upon a time in a city known as Los Angeles in a state called California, there lived 12 stars who had established their very own careers and was asked by ABC if they could do us a favor. They agreed and were set for action, but never had training until now. The show is "Dancing With The Stars," and we're in season 11. The storylines will draw us closer to figuring out who'll live happily ever after with a mirrorball trophy. Introducing the cast of characters:

Audrina Patridge ("The Hills")
Kurt Warner (Super Bowl MVP)
Florence Henderson ("The Brady Bunch")
Rick Fox (Former NBA player; actor)
Michael Bolton (singer)
Kyle Massey ("That'sSo Raven," "Cory's In The House")
Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing")
Margaret Cho (Comedienne; actress)
Mike "The Situaion" Sorrento ("Jersey Shore")
Brandy (Singer, star of "Moesha")
David Hasselhoff (Former AGT judge; "Baywatch")
Bristol Palin (daughter of ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Brandy's partner)
Cheryl Burke (2x champion; Rick's partner)
Louis Van Amstel (Margaret's partner)
Tony Dovolani (Audrina's partner)
Corky Ballas (Partned w/Cloris Leachman; Florence's partner)
Chelsie Hightower (Michael's partner)
Anna Trebunskaya (Kurt's partner)
Mark Ballas (1-time champion; Bristol's partner)
Karina Smirnoff (Mike's partner)
Lacey Schwimmer (Kyle's partner)
Derek Hough (2x champion; Jennifer's partner)
Kym Johnson (1-time champion; David's partner)

Tonight is cha-cha/Viennese Waltz night, so it's time to put the money down and let it roll! Everything they had will be lost for pressure into finding out who's the top couple. The Judges look for something out of nothing. Anything goes as season 11 gets underway.

Starting the newest season of the only ballroom authority is Audrina and Tony doing a cha-cha to "California Gurls" by Katy Perry. Audrina came in solo and Tony joined her afterwards. Audrina did a few twirls and more later on followed by a split. For the first time this season, we go to the judges. Carrie Ann said she has the look & body of a dancer, Len said they need to be more feisty and Bruno said she looks like a pony that needs to be whipped into shape. Let's trot to the scoreboard...

Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 7 Bruno: 6 Total Score: 19
An average start to the show.

Kurt & Anna take the field to "This Ain't A Love Song" by Bon Jovi. Anna did well with the leg lifts and both did some moves simultaneously. Now to the judges. Carrie Ann said she sees potential as he'll be a legend on the dance floor, and Bruno said he's a natural. And the scoreboard says:

Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 5 Bruno: 7 Total Score: 19
Tie score for the top!

Kyle & Lacey get set to cha-cha to "My First Kiss" by 3Oh!3 w/Ke$ha. Kyle plays a nerd who comes up to Lacey who is a cutie and she fake slaps him and slams the locker shut. Soon after, they got energized. They had a bit of arm work going, and Lacey pushes him down to end it. Let's pull ahead with the judges. Carrie Ann said she fell in love with it, Len liked it and Bruno said he is a bundle of energy. Let's charge up to the leaderboard:

Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7 Bruno: 8 Total Score: 23
They now take the lead!

Next is Rick & Cheryl doing a Viennese Waltz to "Crazy" by Aerosmith. Cheryl did a circle kick and a few spins. Everything else there was beautiful. And we go to the judges. Carrie Ann said he is a fox, Len said the height difference didn't get in the way and Bruno said “What a season this is going to be”. And I believe there will be plenty more of it to come. Let's check the boards:

Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7 Bruno: 7 Total Score: 22
Just one point shy of tying it up!

Now up is Margaret & Louis doing a Viennese Waltz to "We Are The Champions" by Queen. It's not even the season finale yet! Anyways, it started out good and then...She used part of her dress to get blind around the floor...but recovers quickly. What's wrong with her? Let's see if the judges have to hear about this. Carrie Ann said the props were overly dramatic, Len said it was inappropriate for comedic stuff and Bruno said "What the heck was that?" I know what leads to this....

Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Bruno: 5 Total Score: 15
Sent to the back of the line!

Brandy & maks are ready to dance to "Cry Me Out" by Pixie Lott. One highlight you might see is Brandy doing a leg lift spin. Out to the judges. Carrie Ann said it was beautiful, Len said she made a fantastic impression and Bruno said it was sweeping and electrifying. Turning on the juice...

Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 Total Score: 23
It's another tie for the top!

Bristol & mark will cha-cha to "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Three Dog Night. Bristol was sitting on the stairs to the stage to start dancing. She then took off her jacket to reveal her red dress. She also did a foot drag and then a few more moves. On to the judges again. Carrie Ann said it was not boring, Len said she needs to loosen up and Bruno said it was virgin territory. Let's mark the numbers:

Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 6 Bruno: 6 Total Score: 18
They stay one spot out of last place.

Florence & Corky ch-cha to "Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me" by Shirley Bassey. It was a bit easy for this dance, but by the end, Corky slid under his own power. Now we move ahead with the judges. Carrie Ann said it got a bit lost at times, Len said it was great entertainment and Bruno said she still had it. Let's see if she has a big lead ahead....

Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 6 Bruno: 6 Total Score: 18
It's another tie in the same position.

Michael & Chelsie will now waltz out to "Life After You" by Daughtry. There was a bit of a behind sweep, but they had elegance in this routine. To the judges we go. Carrie Ann said Michael didn't lead enough, Len said he needs to improve his posture and Bruno said to relax and enjoy himself. Let's get the numbers in...

Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 5 Bruno: 5 Total Score: 16
Stayed out of the basement for that score.

The Situation & Karina go for a cha-cha to "Break Your Heart" by Taio Cruz. Mike leaped off into the stage and they had energy going for it. We go to the judges. Carrie Ann said get rid of the 80's style of dancing, Len said he doesn't have ammunition and Bruno said there was a spark somewhere. Let's light this candle....

Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Bruno: 5 Total Score: 15
Tied for last place!

Jennifer & Derek waltz along to "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding. Along with Derek, she picked back up where her "Dirty Dancing" character left off. And we go to the judges. Carrie Ann was brought to tears, Len said it really suited her and Bruno said Baby is back where she belongs. Obviously, he wasn't mentioning Justin Bieber. Anyhoodles....

Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 Total Score: 24
They catapult into the lead!

Lastly, David & Kym cha-cha to "Sex Bomb" by Tom Jones. Kym had some kicks and David took his jacket off. Yes, there was flashbombs after that, but let's just go on. Carrie Ann said it was reminded of an offspring of Jerry Springer and Donny Osmond....okay, Len said it's never too early to panic and Bruno said there was no timing whatsoever. Time is almost up for this show, but before we go....

Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Bruno: 5 Total Score: 15
Can you believe? There's a 3-way tie for last!

Well, I guess that's it. To recap: Jennifer gets high marks with 24, 23s go to Kyle & Brandy, Rick with 22, 19s go to Kurt & Audrina, 18s go to Bristol & Florence, a 16 goes to Michael and 3 15s...yes, 3 15s go to The Situation, David and Margaret. Tomorrow will be an elimination show, and when I say it, it's going to be a long night. You'll see who goes in 24. See you later.


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