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'DWTS' Rehearsal Exclusive: Kendra Is Excelling, But Kirstie Alley Is Falling Apart!

Wed, March 2, 2011 2:59pm EDT by 1 Comment

NPG had an exclusive look at the first couple days of rehearsals and we know which contestants are doing the best…and who is falling apart already!

Dancing with the Stars rehearsals are already under way in Los Angeles and caught up with a show insider, who gave us an exclusive look at how each contestant and his or her partner is doing. And just as Kirstin Benson and Russ Weakland predicted, Chelsea KaneChris Jericho and Kendra Wilkinson are early front runners. Meanwhile, the two funny women — Kirstie Alley and Wendy Williams are Team Struggz. Take a look at what our source had to say…

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy:

“These two might bump heads as the show moves on, he is working her pretty hard, and you can see she is not use to the level of dance discipline that Maksim expects. But she is happy that she has him as her partner. It is for sure a work in progress.”

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel:

“She has rhythm and has been laughing a lot, she has that Kendra spunk and charm. They currently are working well with each other, she is having lots of fun. Her dance skills are not too shabby.”

Kendra’s mom, Patti, tells us, “I am thrilled with Kendra’s news [about DWTS], but I will not be in the audience.”

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas:

“Watch out for these two, Chelsea is in it to win it and Mark Ballas and her have hit it off.”

Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani:

“Wendy is not the best dancer in the world, but Tony’s patience has really helped a lot so far. Tony has his work cut out for him.”

Petra Nemcova and Dimitry Chaplin:

“Dimitry is so happy with Petra as his partner, he has hit the lottery in the looks department. Dimitry is really by the books, so their practices have been structures and very by the book. Petra hasn’t really shown how good of a dancer she is as Dimitry is more of an idea man before he puts it on the dance floor.”

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke:

“Chris is in shape and can move and Cheryl could not be happier, she is whipping him in to dancing shape and he is picking it up very fast.”

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower:

“Romeo is leaps and bounds better then his dad was on the show and you can see Chelsie is very relieved. Her energy really has brought out something in Romeo.”

Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer:

“Mike knows that he has a target on his back and he is trying really, really hard. Lacey has been really determined and has got into Mike’s head that he has a chance.”

Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya:

“Sugar Ray has great footwork but needs a little more dance practice, he seems a bit too stiff currently but he is really listening to Anna and is willing to put in the work. He is still in pretty good shape.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson:

“We have the dark horse, Hines is really good.”

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff:

“Ralph might be the Jerry Springer of the show this year, he is so nice, but might not be the best dancer in the world. His attitude towards the process really is going to show and probably get him some votes.”

Kirstin Benson, with reporting by Russ Weakland & Jessica Finn