‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 13 Premiere brought Lots of Eye Candy With It

by on September 20, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

‘Dancing With the Stars’  13th Season Premiere brought lots of eye candy peppered with some stiff and nervous stars as well as a few surprises.

DANCING WITH THE STARS season 13 premiere

Dancing with the Stars came on board the new season premiere wagon for the 2011/2012 TV season and I have to say that they have loaded up the show this season with a ton of incredible eye candy.  (Of course, as a guy writing this, you might be able to tell where the bias is coming from.)

On a side note, Two and a Half Men destroyed everyone in the TV ratings Monday night, pulling in an ‘18.7 rating/26 share at 9 p.m..’  That’s huge.  Whether it was curiosity or happy to see “winning” off the show, well, we’ll see.  Ashton Kutcher brings an established core of new fans to the show, and that’s a good, calculated risk by CBS, as they’re paying Ashton Kutcher up to $900k per episode, with ‘back end’ profits included.  But enough about them.

Dancing with the Stars pulled a TV ratings of 13.6/20 in the overnights for their season premiere.

In Dancing with the Stars there were some floundering attempts but some of them brought character to the floor and then there were some surprises.  Well, maybe not so many surprises.  But still.

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya

So Carson Kressley can’t dance, but he brought huge character to the dance floor.  He may survive for a while on that alone.  But his partner is cranking out as much spin as she can get, as her days, she suspects, are numbered.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer

Chaz Bono needs to really work it to get better to be competitive, but he may stick around as the mystery voting system may want him to stay longer than he should.  He’s ratings gold, being the first transgender contestant.  And I agree with what Tom Bergeron said about all the hub bub about Chaz… get over it people.  He is who he is.

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani

Chynna is rough around the edges, but there’s potential there.

David Arquette and Kym Johnson

David surprised me.  I wasn’t expecting much and the fact that I noticed him dancing despite Kym being on the dance floor with him might say a thing or two about the guy.

He’s a contender I think, plus he’s got a great attitude coming into this.


Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy

Elisabetta is a looker and yes, George Clooney‘s ex.  Wow.  You can’t deny that one.  But will she be able to loosen up to embody the dancing?  We’ll see.  If so, she’ll be a contender.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Former Olympians always seem to have good track records with Dancing with the Stars.  She’s not petite, and doesn’t seem to embody her center of balance on the dance floor.  But being an athlete, I suspect she’ll figure that one out and get more comfortable out there.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff

J.R. Martinez has a huge heart and go-get-em fire inside.  He also looks like he will be able to handle himself on the dance floor pretty well.


Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas

Kristin Cavallari is a beautiful woman with a rough edge about her.  There almost seems to be a tom-boy of a nature inside wanting out.  (I’ve never seen her show, glad I haven’t to be honest.)  She seems to have potential.  If she can get away from being so stiff out there, she’ll be a contender.

A note to the stage manager:  Someone should tell Kristin to sit like a lady when she’s behind the contestants being interviewed.  We almost had a few “money shots” of her during the season premiere.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus

When they showed Nancy Grace’s practice sessions, I told my wife this is the dark horse for the season.  This one has the rythm and balance to dance her way to the finals.  If fans will vote for her.

This one is a contender for the finals.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

Ricki Lake has a history in dance, but I am not sure if it’s carried over to these later years.  I expect that as she continues to practice, it will emerge and she’ll be a contender.

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke’s days are numbered this season.  The only way Rob Kardashian stays on the show is through some strong social networking behind the scenes.  He’s stiff and only looking to get out into the limelight like his sisters.  I’ve had enough of the Kardashian cashing-in machine, but I guess America has not.

Though I must say that the chemistry between Cheryl and Rob seemed like they’ve known each other for years!

Ron Artest (Metta) and Peta Murgatroyd

The only way I see this Rodman look-alike surviving is because of his wonderful story about his kids and that viewers will vote to keep the professional, Peta around so they can continue to watch her.

Updated 9-20-11:

The first couple to go home from Dancing with the Stars is Metta and Peta.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Wolfke79 September 24, 2011 at 11:53 am

I pretty much agree with everything you said about the contenders, apart from Nancy Grace, who I really don’t see as a contender at all. She may last maybe 2 more weeks, but I don’t think any more than that. I really didn’t like her first dance, then again, she might surprise me coming monday.
Also, if I had to choose between Rob and Metta, I would have liked to keep Metta around for one more week. Not because of Metta’s dancing skills, but more the attitude he has towards it. Rob is in it, just to be in it, nothing more. Metta really wanted to learn something, and I think, in time, he could have really surprised us.
But it is how it is.
Chaz needs to loosen up a little, I think he’s just terrified of doing anything wrong that he kinda looks a bit out of it. He needs to work on his self esteem a little, if he can do that, I can see him staying a couple of weeks.
My personal favorite is ofcourse Hope Solo, yes I am biased cuz I am a huge fan đŸ™‚ Aside from that, I believe she pulled off some nice moves and having great chemistry with her partner Maks adds a lot to her chances of making it far in this competition.
Chynna and Kristin were looking great on the dancefloor, as was JR who I really think is going to make it to the final. He’s loving every minute of this and he shows it in his moves on the dancefloor. I was really impressed with him.
And Carson? Well he should stay on at least of couple of weeks for entertainment purposes. He cracked me up. I do think he is able to pull of some more serious moves if he wants to though.
Anyways, I was not really impressed with Nancy Grace, nor was I with Elisabetta. The others were OK for me.
Looking forward to the next eppy though, it’s going to be a lot faster and a lot more fun I think.

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