Last night’s Dancing With the Stars absolutely lived up to the hype. They promised us:
Big vs. Small (Warren Sapp vs. Susan Lucci)
Old vs. Young (Cloris Leachman vs. Cody Linley)
Two Olympic gold medalists (Maurice Greene, Misty May-Treanor)
Brother vs. Sister (Derek Hough vs. Julianne Hough)
Husband vs. Wife (Alec Mazo vs. Edyta Sliwinska)
Father vs. Son (Corky Ballas vs. Mark Ballas)
And they totally delivered…with comedy and good dancing thrown in. And if that’s not enough, there were two injuries. (No, we aren’t talking about Kim Kardashian’s toe.) Jeffrey Ross got Edyta’s finger in his eye on a difficult move and Karina Smirnoff twisted her ankle. Neither is good for dancing, but both carried on in spite of the pain.
And Cloris Leachman was fabulously wacky, flirting with all three of the judges and having a blast…and she danced well too!)
Of course, the first night of dancing is always where we get to see who has potential and who will be culled from the group early in the competition.
It looks like Jeff Ross and Rocco DiSpirito may be the first two to be eliminated…at least that’s how I see it. They both REALLY struggled. The standouts for me (and the judges, as it turned out) were Brooke Burke, Lance Bass (go, Lance!) and Toni Braxton. And I think my favorite performance of the night was Warren Sapp’s dance routine! That big guy can really dance! Who knew?
So tonight, we’ll see the top 12 perform and one team will be eliminated. Then we get to vote once again for another team to go home tomorrow. This should be fun!
Be sure to tune in tonight at 9/8c on ABC for the next round of dance routines.