Ballroom dancing gets a fierce forum as
the medium's best meet up with twelve celebrities... and YOU'RE
the ultimate judge!
Recaps by Pierre Kelly, GSNN
Tom Bergeron & Samantha Harris
Carrie Ann Inaba
Eric Morley (based upon
"Strictly Come Dancing")
BBC Worldwide Productions
CBS Television City, Los
8p ET Mon & 9p ET Tues, ABC
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They Are the Superstars
For 8 seasons up until this point, Dancing
WIth The Stars has been a celebrity ballroom authority. And now this
season promises to be better. With 16 celebrities, it's hard to figure
out who's the winner. So let's meet our cast, shall we?
Chuck Liddell (MMA fighter)
Kelly Osbourne ("The Osbournes")
Melissa Joan Hart ("Clarissa Explains it All;" "Sabrina The Teenage
Joanna Krupa (model)
Louie Vito (snowboarder)
Donny Osmond (host of "Pyramid", Marie's brother)
Tom Delay (politician)
Natalie Coughlin (Olympic swimmer)
Aaron Carter (singer)
Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboys)
Ashley Hamilton (actor; son of DWTS alum George Hamilton)
Debi Mazar (actress)
Kathy Ireland (model; designer)
Mark Dacascos ("Iron Chef America")
Macy Gray (singer)
Anna Demidova (winner of last season's pro competition; Michael's
Anna Trebunskaya (is married to DWTS pro Johnathan Roberts; Chuck's
Lacey Schwimmer (took Lance Bass to the finals; Mark's partner)
Maksim Chmierkovskiy (7th season on the show; Debi's partner)
Edyta Sliwinska (only pro to appear since the first season; Ashley's
Johnathan Roberts (7th season on the show; Macy's partner)
Tony Dovolani (Took Melissa Rycroft to the finals; Kathy's partner)
Dmitry Chaplin (2nd season with the show; Mya's partner)
Kym Johnson (danced at Elton John's 50 birthday; Donny's partner)
Karina Smirnoff (Took Mario Lopez to the finals; Aaron's partner)
Alec Mazo (season 1 champion; Natalie's partner)
Chelsie Hightower (2nd season with the show; Louie's partner)
Cheryl Burke (2-time champion; Tom's partner)
Louis Van Amstel (was a coach to DWTS pro Dmitry Chaplin; Kelly's
Mark Ballas (2-time champion; Melissa's partner)
Derek Hough (Took Brooke Burke to a title; Joanna's partner)
With Julianne Hough not on the list, it'll be hard to carry on with
the show without her. Since it's always "ladies first," The gentlemen
WILL go first. And by "will," I mean it. They'll do a cha-cha followed
by 2 relay dances as a stipulation. I'll explain later. You won't hear
them cha-cha to both themes from Blockbusters (Cullen or Rafferty?) or
Trivia Trap (Arguably, my favorite theme of all-time), but you will
hear something else once you watch it. Season 9....a new
beginning....a new chapter.....
Starting things off is Aaron & Karina doing "Beggin'" by Madcon. The
only highlight you might see was a flip by Aaron, but we flip over to
the judges. Carrie Ann said he's all grown up, Len said it was a great
start to the show and Bruno said it was a bit creepy. The numbers
don't creep you out.
Total Score: 22
Nice start to the program.
I forgot to mention the foxtrot was on the list, too. So next up is
Chuck & Anna dancing to "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. His footwork
was a bit off, but he picked up the pace pretty quickly. To the judges
we go. Carrie Ann said it was smooth & charming, Len said he needs to
be a but more graceful and Bruno said it was rough. Let us get the
Total Score: 16
Not a good score, but they steal 2nd.
Next will be Mark & Lacey doing a cha-cha to "Kung Fu Fighting" by
Carl Douglas. Since Mark has a lot of martial arts experience, he uses
it for his routine. Let's swing by the judges. Carrie Ann said he
needs to watch his arms a bit, Len said he didn't like the gimmicks,
and Bruno said he needs to watch his timing a bit. Time for a score
Total Score: 21
And they steal 2nd place.
Now here's Ashley carrying on the family tradition with Edyta doing a
foxtrot to "Grace Kelly" by Mika. It turns out that it has a
connection with Hollywood and the ballroom. On to the judges. Carrie
Ann said he was to set himself apart more, Len said he wants a bit
more finesse and Bruno thought it was dead. Rise up for the scores....
Total Score: 15
Way dead last!
Here's Donny & Kym doing a foxtrot to "All That Jazz" from "Chicago."
They took a routine, and made it their own for the fans to watch. On
to the judges again. Carrie Ann said he wants more content, Len asks
for more theatrics & more ballroom and Bruno tells him to watch his
shoulders. Watch this...
Total Score: 20
They take up 3rd place.
Louie & Chelsie now foxtrot to "It's My Life" by No Doubt. It took the
charm in the ballroom with a pop song. Now to the judges. Carrie Ann
said she respected the ballroom, Len said he loves the technical side
and Bruno loved the cuteness of the dance. Here comes the
Total Score: 19
And they get up on 4th place.
Michael & Anna will cha-cha to "I Feel Good" by James Brown. They
waste no time getting busy on their moves. On to the judges. Carrie
Ann said he beat Jerry Rice for charisma, Len said it wasn't a great
dance and Bruno said the footwork was out. Out come the scoreboards...
Total Score: 13
They're now in dead last territory.
Last to take the floor before the relay dances is Tom & Cheryl doing a
cha-cha to "Wild Thing" by The Troggs. Tom points to the camera and
lip-synchs the song and Bruno gets a look on his face. Was it bad
enough for the judges? Let's find out. Carrie Ann said he needs to
clear the image, Len said the other stuff wasn't up his alley, and
Bruno said it was crazier than Sarah Palin. Wanna see the scores? You
Total Score: 16
They stay 2 positions out of last place.
After a round of play, Aaron, Mark and Donny are in the 20's, and
everyone else is in the teens including Michael Irvin. Now it's time
for the relay dances. In the starting line is Donny & Kym, Ashley &
Edyta, Chuck & Anna and Louie & Chelsie. Up for grabs will be 10
points for 1st place, 2nd getting 8, 6 for 3rd and 4th getting 4. "Get
Busy" will be the song to perform for a salsa, so on your marks, get
Ashley & Edyta came up first and Chuck & Anna were next . A nice move
came in by Chuck and Donny & Kym came in to dance solo. After that,
Louie did some flips along with Chelsie to round out the relay.
Crossing the finish line first is...Donny....2nd goes
to....Louie....3rd goes to....Chuck....and last place has Louie. We
got 4 more couples ready to swing, and they'll waltz to "I Am Your
Aaron went up first to dance, then Mark came up next. Michael went
ahead to dance and Tom went last. Our clear winner and getting the
checkers...Aaron. 2nd place goes to....Mark. 3rd place....Michael, and
Tom gets the final position. So here's your final check of the
Aaron and Karina : 32 (after the relay)
Donny and Kym: 30 (after relay)
Mark and Lacey 29 (after relay)
Louie and Chelsie: 27 (after relay)
Chuck and Anna T: 22 (after relay)
Tom and Cheryl: 20 (after relay)
Ashley and Edyta: 19 (after relay)
Michael and Anna D: 19 (after relay)
Aaron so far is in the lead, but the ladies want to show them how it's
done. You'll see why tomorrow.
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