Season 17 of 'Dancing with the Stars' premièred last night and featured impressive performances from such celebrities as Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley and Jack Osborne. Sadly, Keyshawn Johnson and Bill Nye were less successful.
Dancing with the Stars premiered last night (Monday 16 September) and featured such celebrities as Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley, Elizabeth Berkley, Leah Remini and Jack Osborne. Judged by former professionals and celebrities, the show features inexperienced famous faces paired with professional partners. The judges for season 17 of the dancing competition are Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Amber Riley dazzled the judges with partner Derek Hough.
If you missed the season 17 premiere of Dancing with the Stars, here are a few highlights:
To say the Dancing with the Stars concept is getting old would be a slight understatement, but it always helps when somebody falls off their chair now doesn't it? Imagine our excitement then when, during Monday's show, judge Carrie Ann Inaba got so excited that she fell on her backside, in front of millions.
The mishap came after actor Gilles Marini and professional dancer Peta Murtgatroyd had performed a racy routine to Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You. Bruno Tonioli was the first to praise the couple, yelling, "That was not a dance, that was master class theater. Gripping, thrilling, one of the best performances I've seen!" Cue Carrie Ann, who - like a drunk aunt - shrieked, "Let the baby-making begin!" before falling backwards and crumbling in a heap on the floor. Gasps filmed the ballroom as Tom Bergeron and big, strong, Giles rushed over to see if she was ok. Ever the comedian, Bergeron quipped, "When you said 'Let the baby-making begin,' I didn't think you'd get in position!", while Carrie Ann just laughed, and laughed some more, probably to hide the tears of pain and embarrassment.
Gilles and Peta eventually scored 10, 9.5 and 10 for a pretty impressive overall score of 29.5.
Dancing With The Stars Season 15 had its first ‘9’ score last night (October 1, 2012), courtesy of girl band singer Sabrina Bryan. Her routine, with Louis Van Amstel, had the judges in rapture, especially Carrie Ann Inaba who said she’d never seen such lines of Dancing With the Stars before, according to People magazine. Bruno Tonioli awarded Sabrina 8.5 and compared her to Ginger Rogers, at the height of her career: “a true dazzler.” Len Goodman was equally full of praise for The Cheetah Girls star, remarking on her upper body control and legwork: “the hits just keep on coming,” he said.
At the other end of the scale was Bristol Palin who went home with the lowest score of the evening – a paltry 18, which was less than last week’s score of 19.5. “You were not in hold enough,” Bruno told her, as her Western-inspired routine failed to impress. Palin explained that she had taken her dancing partner Mark Ballas to a shooting range to give him an insight into her world but that sadly hadn’t translated into chemistry on the dance floor.
It was the second episode of the show and tonight, someone will be going home, in the Dancing With The Stars results show. One dancer unlikely to exit tonight is Kirstie Alley, who proved to the judges that her age should not be an obstacle to her progressing n the competition. “Age is just a number and you just proved that to us,” said Carrie Ann, whilst Bruno told her “Experience counts, and you showed it. You blended beautifully.”
The Dancing With The Stars contestants didn’t show any signs of slacking as the show entered its second week, reports CBS News.
The first episode of DWTS usually features an impressive bow: the stars having had three weeks to prepare their routines, but as the show continues, they only have one, which in the past, has caused standards to drop. But not this time; Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Comic actress Kirstie Alley and Girl band singer Sabrina Bryan all delivered confident, sparkling performances to increase the pressure on their rivals. "I have something no one else can do, it's like my secret weapon," said Johnson, a gold medal-winning gymnast, using her considerable and bendy talents to her advantage. The quality now is astounding, and any weak dance will be punished quickly, as there’s no room for mistakes. Fellow Olympian Apolo Ohno put the pressure on sports stars competing to succeed: "As an Olympian, if you're not in the top 3, you're not on the podium," he said, before delivering a composed performance. "Speed with control," said judge Len Goodman. Determination, focus and hard work!" lauded Bruno Tonioli. “Someone put on his competitive pants today!” Joked Carrie Ann Inaba. It was a popular dance indeed.
Elsewhere, French actor Gilles Marini showed incredible synchronization, staking his claim for a continued presence on the show, and shaking off the effects of a strained hamstring, which was the cause of some backstage rehearsal drama. Next week the stars "will take creative control," explained chief judge Goodman. "We want eye-popping stuff".