Kirstie Alley was the surprise star of last night's Dancing With The Stars season premiere.
Kirstie Alley, the American actress who has battled weight issues in recent years, stunned audiences with a spectacular performance during the premiere of Dancing With The Stars season twelve, reports the UK's Daily Mail.The bookmakers had given Alley little chance of progressing to the latter rounds of the competition, but her surprise performance on last night's show left her in second place on the leader-board. The 60-year-old actress had previously tweeted about how tough she was finding the rehearsal process and had vowed to lose 30 or 40lbs for the season opener. However, the former 'Cheers' star impressed the judges with her up-beat Cha-Cha and scored 23 points. Bruno Toniolo noted, "Your foot placement was the best of the night", while Len Goodman excitedly said, "It was fun it was cheeky and it made me feel good". Elsewhere on the night, supermodel Petra Nemcova dedicated her waltz to be people of Japan after the country suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami and she impressed with her measured routine. Rapper Romeo overcame his nerves to deliver an impressive performance with partner Chelsie Hightower.
Kirstie Alley would have found herself top of the leader-board had it not been for 'Karate Kid' star Ralph Macchio, who registered a score of 24 points out of 30. One contestant will be eliminated from the show on 29th March 2011.