DWTS returned tonight and I am just as pleased as punch.

Tom welcomed New Host & Season 7 winner Brooke Burke as his Partner in Crime!  We have 11 new Stars this season vyingfor the title.  As all of the Stars decended the Stairs and I couldn’t help but laugh at how Pamela Anderson made the walk look sooo dirty.

Chad Ocho Cinco & Cheryl Burke:  Chad thought that Cheryl was really cool upon meeting her and she felt that he was very serious about learning.  He is much more serious than I anticipated him being.  They danced the Cha Cha Cha.  What is it about Football Players?  He is so light on his feet and he shows that he has a lot of promise, especially for the first week.  I was really impressed and looking forward to next week.  I’m sure the Judges will nitpick, but for the most part.  Len took his hat out to him.  He thinks that he attacked the game, but he is a diamond in the rough.  Len would like to see him improve his posture.  Well done.  Bruno thinks he has a huge talent, but it was a bit rough.  He feels he can dance and he can’t wait to see next week.  Carrie Anne thinks that he has something raw that will take him far.  She wants to see more.  (MAC- 7) Carrie Ann-6, Len-6, Bruno-6= 18.

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Shannon Doherty and Mark Ballas:  They danced the Viennese Waltz.  Shannon is in this for her Father who recently suffered a Massive Stroke and he requested that she compete.  Mark thinks that she shows alot of promise even thought she has alot of anxiety.  Shannen is surprisingly graceful althought she looks like she is counting and thinking real hard.  But for the first week, she is moving and she has got rhythm.  All that dancing on the table tops really paid off.  Bruno thought that such a difficult choreography is hard to get it right on the first week, he thought she was swinging her arms like a primate.  He thought that she did it and she will get better.  Carrie Anne was really impressed that she did a really tough routine.  Alot of stumbles, but she thought that she recovered nicely.  Len thought that she portrayed ease and elegance.  Overall, she did a good job.  Well done.  Shannen is very emotional and crying over the look on her Dad’s face.  Very touching.  MAC-6, Carrie Ann- 6, Len-6, Bruno-6= 18

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Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : They danced the Cha Cha Cha.  Maks thinks that Erin will have to deal with her being a perfectionist.  She stops herself before she gets a chance to make a mistake.  Go Erin!  She did really well too.  This girl is a dancer.  A little stiff in some spots but overall, I thought she did her thing.  Carrie Ann thought that she had great moves.  Good chemistry between them.  She needs to make her arms sharp.  Len thought she was a funky monkey.  This was a great routine.  She needs to work on straightening he legs.  Bruno likes what he sees.  He thought that she places her legs just great and he felt that she must have some dance experience.  (MAC-7),  Carrie Ann- 7, Len-7, Bruno-7= 21
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Jake Pavelka and Chelsie.  They danced the Viennese Waltz.  Jake was hoping that he would get Chelsie, so he put it on thick by giving her a Rose (corny but cute).  Jake really struggled with the dance and he was a little down on himself that he didnt get it just like that.   I think that Jake definitely improved since rehearsal, but there were quite a few hiccups.  I liked that he seemed like he was really having a good time, so kudos for that.  Len thought that he moved really well, but he needs to get his posture up and stop sticking his thumb out.  Great potential.  Bruno thought that he needs to calm down and be nice and calm.  Good effort, but he needs to keep his legs together.  Carrie Ann was really impressed, She knows that she is charming with the romance on ‘The Bachelor’ but she didn’t expect him to do so well.  He has a bravado that is really easy to watch.  Has to work on posture, but excellent job. (MAC-6)  Carrie Ann0-7, Len-6, Brun0-7 =20
 
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Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel.  They danced the Cha Cha Cha.  Niecy says that she was always the chubbiest girl and she had to sit in the back for pictures and she was kicked out a dance rehearsal in the 8th grade.  Niecy is hilarious and she stated that she wants to keep ‘her jiggly parts’.  She is not looking to losing a bunch of weight, she likes being a thick woman (hey).  I think this was the wrong music for the Cha Cha Cha.   Too slow, because Niecy can dance and she should have been allowed to shake her jiggly parts a little more.  She is a character!  Bruno thought it was like watching a sassy ol’ mama and then a Virgin at other times.  She has to focus and keep the sass going.  Carrie disagreed, She loved it.  Len thought it was clean and precise, but tt was uneventful, nothing happened for him.  I have to agree.  Louis dropped the ball on the choreography.  (MAC-6), Carrie Ann-7, Len-5, Bruno-6=18  Niecy dedicated her performance to Thick Girls everywhere!

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Evan Lysavek and Anna.   They danced The Viennese Waltz.  Evan is home from winning the Gold at the Winter Olympics.  Evan thought that he might have a little bit of an advantage with his skating background.  No such luck!  He had to learn just like everyone else.  Who is Evan trying to fool?  I think that the skating definitely helped.  He is very graceful. He experienced some challenges, but solid performance.  Carrie Ann is screaming.  She thought he was very good with great gorgeous lines.  She wants him to point his toes and he needs to connect with the audience.  Len thinks that he has great musicality and he looks good, but he has clumsy feet, needs chemistry with Anna.  Bruno loved his wingspan.  Moves with the grace of a swan.  Wonderful (MAC-7) Carrie Ann- 8, Len-7, Bruno-8= 23

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Buzz Aldrin and Ashley.   They danced the Cha Cha Cha.  In 1969 he was one of the first men to walk on the Moon.  Wow!!!  He is 80 year old, but didn’t stop him from thinking that Ashley was one hot babe.  Ashley thinks he is in good shape, but worries about him learning the moves.  For someone 80 years old, he did a pretty decent job.  Definitely like watching your Grandad get up and cut a rug.  Len paid respect to Buzz for his accomplishments and his bravery for coming out tonight.  Not too good though tonight.  Bruno can’t criticize a legend, but he has to do his job.  He thought that he looked like he still had his moon boots on.  Carrie Ann thought he showed a little Moon walk tonight and she thought that he inspired a ton of people tonight.  (MAC-5) Carrie Ann-5, Len-4, Bruno-5= 14

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Nicole Scherinzger and Derek.  They danced the Viennese Waltz.  Nicole is best known as the former lead of ‘The Pussycat Dolls’.  Although she is a dancer, she still is struggling a little.  Derek didn’t think that they would have this much fun dancing together.  As expected, Nicole is beautiful in her first dance.  Graceful with great musicality and she looks like she is having great fun.  Best dance of the night.   Bruno thought the performance of startling finnesse.  He is astounded.  Carrie Ann thought the Bar has just been set.  Incredible.  They were great.  Len understands them (other judges) going on about it.  But underneath all of the show, no technique or footwork!  (Ok, are we tired of Len going overboard to criticize the performers who have some dance experience?).  (MAC-9) Carrie Ann-9, Len-7, Bruno-9=25

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Aiden Turner and Edyta.  They danced the Cha Cha Cha.  Aiden turned on the charm by bringing Edyta Flowers and winning her over.  Aiden has Edyta cracking up through much of he rehearsal, so it looks like they will perform well together.  Ooh….A for effort and enthusiasm, but Aiden doesn’t have much rhythm.  I think that they could have picked a better song for this dance as well.  Anything would help.  He’s trying, God bless him, but he is really stiff.  He’s cute though.   Carrie Ann liked the approach the gusto, but it was disjointed.  It didn’t go anywhere.  She thought he hit the beat by the hair on his chinny chin chin.  Len thinks that the dance had everything he didn’t like: the coat, jumping off the stage., him shaking his wobbly bits. He has to come back next week and deliver.  (when will they learn that Len hates props and gimmicks).  Bruno thought there was nothing going in the groin and without that, the Cha Cha Cha is nothing.  Stiff as a plank. (ouch) (MAC-5) Carrie Ann-5, Len-5, Bruno-5=15  (Brooke said she know what that feels like to comeout and perform and not get a good score.  No, she doesn’t, she always scored high).

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Kate Gosselin and Tony.  Reality Mom of 8.  They danced the Viennese Waltz.  Kate is out to prove she can dance, especially to her babies who told her she can’t dance.  Tony questioned her on her desire to be here, because she has so much doubt and insecurities.  I hope she does well, just to stick it to her ex-husband.  Kate is still going to have some practicing to do.  Pretty stiff and flat performance.  She is thinking way too hard.  Breathe and relax.  I would like to see her calm down next week and have some fun.  Len thought her nerves was her stumbling block.  No fluidity.  She needs to enjoy.  Bruno thought the technique was terrible.  She has to learn to perform.  Looked like Tony was pushing a shopping cart around.  (ouch) Carrie Ann acknowledged that this is new for her.  Not a performer.  Sweet vulnerability in her performance.  Carrie Ann was impressed.  Thinks she will resonate with people.  (MAC-5)  Carrie Ann-6, Len-5, Bruno-5=16
 
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Pamela Anderson and Damian.  Pamela says that she is doing this for her Auntie V who is a dancer.  The danced the Cha Cha Cha.  This is the first time that Pamela has ever danced.  Damian would like for Pamela to be more confident, because she doesn’t realize the potential that she has.  Ok, I think we can agree that Pamela has the sex appeal down for this dance and she won’t have to work with connecting with her partner.  Good first dance and I am impressed.  I think she will have to tone the sexy thing down though for certain dances.  Bruno can only think of sex and would like her to do it to him.  Carrie Ann was most looking forward to seeing her.  She was fully engaged and it was a little bit much.  Len  thinks that the entire cast has been great.  On Pamela, he thinks that overall it was was a mess, but the sex was good.  (well said, MAC-6), Carrie Ann-7, Len-6, Bruno-8= 21
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Weak links tonight? Aiden and Buzz!
 
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