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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: It's Lucky To Have You Here!
September 19

Season 13 of DWTS. Faster, sleeker, powerful, and more ferocious. A quiet bunch of celebrities is about to get loud, loose, and free. What you are about to read may not be your ordinary group of stars, because they're here for battle.

J.R. Martinez ("All My Children")
Hope Solo (U.S. Soccer star)
Kristin Cavallari (star of "Laguna Beach" & "The Hills")
Rob Kardashian (brother of DWTS alum Kim Kardashian)
Ricki Lake (talk show legend; host of "Gameshow Marathon")
Ron Artest (Los Angeles Lakers)
Elisabetta Canalis (Italian TV personality; ex-girlfriend of George Clooney)
Chaz Bono (LGBT advocate)
Chynna Phillips (formerly of Wilson Phillips)
Nancy Grace (host of "Swift Justice with Nancy Grace" and her own HLN show)
Carson Kressley (host of "The Chew" and member of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy")
David Arquette (star of "Ready To Rumble" and the "Scream" franchise)

Peta Murgatroyd (1st season on the show; Ron's partner)
Kym Johnson (2x champion; David's partner)
Lacey Schwimmer (Chaz's partner)
Val Chmerkovskiy (brother of Maks; Elizabeth's partner)
Mark Ballas (1x champion; Kristin's partner)
Tristin McManus (1st season on show; Nancy's partner)
Anna Trebunskaya (Carson's partner)
Karina Smirnoff (J.R's partner)
Cheryl Burke (2x champion)
Derek Hough (1x champion; Rick's partner)
Tony Dovolani (Chynna's partner)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Hope's partner)

This line up here is more slicker than Vic, and the critique from the judges can get more brute than Eartha, but it's time to do what Double trouble does and that's to party! Season 13 begins LIVE!

The cha-cha and the vienesse waltz are up, so let's rock & roll. Kicking things off is Ron & Peta doing a cha-cha to "Krazy" by Pitbull. They started out in a new band area and ended up on a new dance floor. Isn't this a step up from last season? Anyways. there was more dancing, and the whole set was purple according to the whole thing, but we go to the judges. Carrie Ann said it was wrong for technical reasons. Len said it lacked Cha-cha content and Bruno said he has such length or bone. To the scoreboard we go for not much time.

CARRIE ANN: 5 LEN: 4 BRUNO: 5 Total Score: 14
Not very good to start the season, but we're off!

Second on the show is ROb & Cheryl doing a Vienesse Waltz to "Lake Michigan" by Rogue Wave. A nice twirl move was made by Cheryl and Rob did his thing to keep the family tradition alive. Now to the judges. Carrie Ann said he has to let it flow a little, Len said he's not impressed and not depressed. Might be a mixed reaction here and Bruno asked her to let her go and take control. Let's control the numbers.

CARRIE ANN: 6 LEN: 5 BRUNO: 5 Total Score: 16
Not a good score, but they're in the lead!

Next up, Kristen & Mark do a cha-cha to "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. It seemed that Mark was on point, but Kristin shook it all throughout the dance. Here's the judges. Carrie Ann said her hair-ogpraphy is awesome, Len said it was bright and Bruno said she has the potential. But does she have it all? Here's what the scoreboard reads:

CARRIE ANN: 7 LEN: 6 BRUNO: 6 Total Score: 19
ANd they quickly steal the lead!

Then , there's Chynna & Tony doing a viennesse waltz to "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. Smoke on the floor came into play and Chynna started it out solo. Then, it was all dancing when the smoke cleared. By the end, Chynna went through Tony and that was it. Going through the judges critique now...Carrie Ann said it was gorgeous, Len said it was close to the first dance he's seen and Bruno said it looked like stepping out of a dream and into his heart. Let's step to the leaderboard...

CARRIE ANN: 8 LEN: 7 BRUNO: 7 Total Score: 22
and another lead change goes quickly!

We're ready now for Nancy & Tristian doing a cha-cha to "Cry Baby" by Cee-Lo Green. I don't know what it was, but she had energy doing her thing. We go to the judges again. Carrie Ann said she has to remember her choreography, Len said it was underwhelming and Bruno said she's lavishly gifted. Let's wrap up the numbers....

CARRIE ANN: 5 LEN: 5 BRUNO: 6 Total Score: 16
It's now a tie for 3rd place!

David & Kym are next doing a vienesse waltz to "Somebody To Love" by Queen. His feet might've been out of place in the danec, but it held on anyway and by the end, she somewhat put her down. Now let's get up with the judges. Carrie Ann said he did get a little lost in the dance, Len said there was no superfical stuff and Bruno said he got all entangled into the godess, now let's untangle the scoreboard...

CARRIE ANN: 6 LEN: 6 BRUNO: 6 Total Score: 16
And they get a new position for 3rd.

Now it's Elisabetta and Val doing a cha-cha to "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy Perry. Elisabetta jumped out her bed and went to the floor to dance. Later on, Elisabetta did a split and kind of slowed down a pace a little. But taht was it. Let's speed up with the judges. Carrie Ann said she was very good in Val's arms, Len said he didn't liked the bed, but Bruno liked it and said it didn't mind much once it got going. Let's get going with this...

CARRIE ANN: 5 LEN: 5 BRUNO: 5 Total Score: 15
They stay one spot out of last place.

Hope & Maks will now do a waltz to "Satellite" by the Dave Matthews Band. Everything was nice, but by the end, they both walked together. Now let's walk over to the judges. Carrie Ann said the body contact was impressive, Len said she just got a little more softness and Bruno said she has a great drive. Now let's ride to the leaderboard.

CARRIE ANN: 7 LEN: 7 BRUNO: 7 Total Score; 21
And they get 2nd place.

Cason & Anna will dance a cha-cha to "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5. Even Carson did his own Mick Jagger impression, but all-in-all, it was fun. On to the judges. Carrie Ann said it's her favorite dance of the night, Len said there were elements of Jagger, swagger and stagger and Bruno said his redefining camp is an art form. Let's paint by numbers....

CARRIE ANN: 6 LEN: 5 BRUNO: 6 Total Score: 15
They tie for one spot out of last place.

Next is J.R. & Karina doing a waltz to "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson. Cue the smoke machine and one highlight was a floor sweep by Karina. Good work, girl. We go to the judges again. Carrie Ann said she was so touched, Len said J.R. meant Just just right and Bruno said he's right on top tonight. Can he be on top? Check the leaderboard....

CARRIE ANN: 8 LEN: 7 BRUNO: 7 Total Score; 22
It's now a tie for the top!

Ricki & Derek will waltz to "This Year's Love" by David Gray. Both did some arm work and there was even mroe later on. SHe even twirl and didn't get dizzy. Now let's go to the judges. Carrie Ann said she looked more like a princess out there, Len said it had elegance and Bruno said it was great chemistry. And the score says:

CARRIE ANN: 7 LEN: 6 BRUNO: 7 Total Score: 20
They get a 3rd place score.

We've been waiting all night for this. Chaz & Lacey will dance to "Dancing In The Street" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. Let's see how it goes. From there, it had footwork and speed by both and a 1/4 split was made by Lacey to end that. Let's split over to the judges. Carrie Ann said He did not disappoint, Len said it had great footwork and attitude and Bruno said it was so cuddly & cute. One last check of the boards before we hit the beds....

CARRIE ANN: 6 LEN: 5 BRUNO: 6 Total Score: 15
a 3-way tie for one spot out of last place.

As cartoon character Ziv Zoolander (C-NOTE: ZZ for short) used to say "Game Over." The final check goes like this: In 1st place with 22 are J.R. and Chynna, 21 goes to Hope, Ricki has 20, Kirsten with 19, 16s go to Nancy, Rob and David, 15s go to Chaz, Carson and Elisabetta and bringing up the rear is Ron with 14. But there is no time to rest. The results show will cut one person one of here. See you guys tomorrow.


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