Wednesday, September 24, 2008

DWTS Week 1

The time has finally come for Dancing with the Stars season 7 to begin! Settle into your armchairs with your phones at the ready. All 13 celebrities and their professional partners will be hitting the dance floor for the first time, and we'll get to vote for our favorites.

Which team will exceed our expectations? Which will disappoint us? Will we see a clear frontrunner as we did last season? Will this season be the best one ever?

Only time will tell, and you can be sure that I'll be faithfully recording everything as it happens right here in my live thoughts.

Live! From Hollywood! This is Dancing with the Stars!

The stars make their way down the stairs to the stage and two things are immediately noticeable: Jeff Ross has on a sparkly eye patch, and Cloris Leachman looks like she has trouble walking down the stairs - that can't be good.

First up, it's the youngest celeb and the youngest pro: Cody Linley and Julianne Hough. They have cha cha first. I love Julianne's hair and elbow-length gloves, and I'm also really impressed with Cody's skills. I guess my concerns about him not being able to get into the flirty, romantic character were for naught because he looks to be one slick dude in their first dance. Len warns them not to get too frenetically, and Bruno pipes in and says that Cody has to keep his footwork clean. Carrie Ann is freaked out that Julianne and Cody's combined age is still less than her own. Woah. And their scores: they get straight 6s for a score of 18 out of 30.

Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff are next. Woah, in rehearsal this morning, Karina took a bad step and twisted her ankle. Looks really painful! Despite the injury, she will dance tonight. She's a trooper. They've got the foxtrot tonight. Karina is dancing perfectly - you can't tell that she twisted her ankle at all - but I'm not feeling Rocco. He does get better as the routine goes on, but it started out pretty rough. Bruno is not impressed, but Carrie Ann thinks it was "cute." Len thinks Rocco needs more finesse. Carrie Ann and Bruno give 5s and Len gives a 4, for a 14 out of 30.

Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo take the stage next. Toni explained to Alec about her heart condition at their first meeting. I really hope that she won't let her diagnosis hold her back. They dance the cha cha tonight, and I'm really impressed. Toni's turns are sharp and crisp, and her footwork is for the most part clean, and the two of them together are really sexy. Carrie Ann thought it was like a week 5 routine, it was so good. Len warns her about her leg position, and Bruno raves about her sexy slinkiness. They get 7s from Carrie Ann and Len, and an 8 from Bruno, for a 22 out of 30.

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