We've waited four months for the return of "Dancing With the Stars," and from all indications it was worth the wait. Great start to the season. Very entertaining. IMO 3 guys emerged as contenders.
The 8 male celebs took the floor Monday night. The 8 female celebs dance tonight. And then the bottom two get kicked off Wednesday during the season's first results show.
So let's get down to business. Here's a celeb-by-celeb recap, in order of their performances, complete with my label suggestions (please feel free to agree or disagree):
Back Street Boy Wannabe (Aaron Carter) - Slick moves, good facial expressions and high energy with his cha-cha. Noted the Back Street Boy sightings. Kinda reminded me of Jake Ryan. Not sure what to make of the high heels. Deserved the 10 on the relay waltz. (And thanks for the label suggestion, Cary). Still my early fav. to win (see previous post).
Ice Man (Chuck Liddell) - Agree with Anna: That is really scary. He totally could be a bad guy in a Batman movie (right Cary?). Agreed with Len: Much better than I thought it would be. Bruno's cruisin for brusin w/his "foot work poor; lines terrible; and timing went" review. BTW - nice contrast in celebs' peeps in the audience: Carter's preppy dudes and Liddell's thugs.
The Chairman OR Iron Chef OR Kung Foo Guy with the Man Boobs that Lacy Wants To See (Mark Dacascos) - Can't decide on a label; can decide on his abilities - he's a contender. Well-scored cha-cha. Loved the tune. Very apprapro.
Tan Man's Son (Ashley Hamilton) - Like the nickname; don't like the dancing. He's not going to last long. Great prom look with the teal dress and gloves on Edyta and the matching teal tie on him. Lots of standing around with his foxtrot, showcasing Edyta. Judges were wise to that. The judges like him about as much as Shannen Doherty does.
Donny (Donny Osmond) - Well at least he's not as annoying as his sister. Def. has showmanship. Good routine. Entertaining. Worked the crowd. Thought he should've finished second, not first, in cha-cha routine, but evidently the judges love him too. BTW - best line of the night from Kym: "Pretend like I've got a boob on my back." His popularity puts him in the final three.
Snowboarder (Louie Vito) - I don't remember Chelsie being that tough on Rodeo Dude. But hey - it worked. Liked the song choice ("It's My Life," which for the record was an 80s hit by Talk Talk before being covered by Gwen and No Doubt) and his gracefulness with the waltz. Len is just jealous of his hair. Deserved the 10 on the relay cha-cha, but got an 8. BTW - I wonder if he's ever been called a hobbit before?
Jerry Rice Wannabe (Michael Irving) - OK, he didn't do that bad. Those scores were brutal. The cha-cha wasn't Jerry (Rice or Springer) material, but it didn't deserve two 4s. Ouch. It lacked content, but he showed some moves nonetheless. Great James Brown tune. Improved on the relay waltz. He'll stick around.
Politician (Tom DeLay) - They did NOT save the best for last here. Painful to watch. Glad he was having fun 'cause boy I sure wasn't. A sympathy vote with the 6 and two 5s? That's how Frau Phyllis stuck around so long, remember judges??!!! Jerry Rice Wannabe did better than that. Agreed with Tom: There were "moments I thought I'd never see on television." And in this case, I hope not to again.
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OTHER OBSERVATIONS: Liked the opening number with the dance pro dudes rockin' to "The Boys are Back in Town" by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. BTW - did they the know the girl whose butt they slapped? Just wondering.
Like the format with the guys, and then the girls, and then the double elimination. They'll be two other double-elimination nights before all is said and done.
Looking forward to Macy Gray. Can't wait to see the interviews. See looked totally bored at times.
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YOUR TAKE: Now it's your turn. Please post your comments below. Here's some fodder - Who did you like? Who did you dislike? Who had the best cha-cha and waltz? We'll do it all again tomorrow, and then make our official Final Three predictions before Wednesday night's results show. Looking forward to your comments...