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Chaz Bono Nails It, Khloe Kardashian Heckles The Judges & More: Complete 'Dancing With The Stars' Premiere Recap!

Mon, September 19, 2011 10:22pm EDT by 6 Comments
Chaz Bono Dancing With the Stars

The much-anticipated season 13 premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ lived up to its expectations Sept. 19! Who surprised you the most? And who’s getting the boot?

What a premiere! I’ve been looking forward to season 13 of Dancing with the Stars for weeks now — and it did not disappoint! Nearly every contestant won me over at one point or another, either during his or her performance or video intro. I couldn’t believe Khloe Kardashian yelled at the judges when she didn’t like Bruno Tonioli‘s critique of her brother Rob Kardashian and I loved how endearing Nancy Grace was. One person who I do not think will last another week is Elisbetta Canalis — she seemed like a major ice queen! 

Here’s my play by play of tonight’s show:

Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace: Ron got ripped apart by the judges for his dance, but I thought it was fun! He seemed comfortable and energetic. He really lit up the stage, but Len was not impressed. “Same old ‘shimmying about. Your foot work was atrocious. It was all sizzle, no sausage!” he complained. 5, 4, 5 = 14/30

Rob Kardashian: At first Rob really rubbed me the wrong way in his video. He acted cocky and chauvinistic, which wasn’t attractive. However, he won me over with his Viennese Waltz. I thought he was graceful and so did Carrie Ann Inaba. “When I watch you, I see potential,” she said. I loved watching Khloe Kardashian heckle Bruno from the audience. Who DOES that? 5, 5, 5 = 15/30

Kristin Cavallari: We had heard already K-Cav was one of the strongest dancers of the season and she proved it tonight with the Cha Cha. “You have great movement! You shine, you sparkle!” Carrie Ann said. Plus, Kristin, 24, is fit and gorgeous, which never hurts. 6, 7, 6 = 19/30

Chynna Phillips: I thought Chynna’s Viennese Waltz with Tony Dovolani was kind of boring, but the judges couldn’t stop raving about it. Len said it was one of the best first dances he’d ever seen. Needless to say, she’s definitely going to “hold on for one more day.” 8, 7, 7 = 22/30

Nancy Grace: Watching commentator Nancy Grace do the Cha Cha with the hot new dance pro , Tristan, was hysterical. I’m so used to seeing her yelling from behind a desk, that seeing her break it down threw me for a loop. She broke my heart during the little video. “I’m not blind. I’m not the youngest, the prettiest or the skinniest of this bunch,” she admitted. “But I think I think I have the most heart.” Unfortunately, her performance left a lot to be desired. That said, I hope she sticks around for a bit so I can obsess over Tristan… 16/30

David Arquette: David tried so hard during his dance with Kym Johnson, it was hard not to love him. “There’s this beautiful vulnerability,” Carrie Ann said about his performance. My heart broke seeing his ex-wife, Courteney Cox, and their daughter, Coco, in the audience. Maybe this show will bring them back together? 6, 6, 6 = 18/30

Elisabetta Canalis: There was one thing that stuck with me about George Clooney‘s ex’s performance with Maksim‘s brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy: HOT. The two of them together was almost inappropriately tasty for the eyes. Unfortunately, the Cha Cha was brutal and I didn’t find Elisabetta likable in the slightest. I thought it was hysterical Val took his shirt off almost immediately, just like his brother! 15/30

Hope Solo: Hope was having a hard time looking feminine, since she’s a pro soccer player. However, I thought she pulled it together pretty well for her “Viennese Waltz” with Maks — especially considering her less than stellar rehearsals. Apparently, the judges agreed! 7, 7, 7 = 21/30

Carson Kressley: The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star was hysterical on the dance floor, even if he’s a HORRIBLE dancer. I think Tom Bergeron said it best: “That, my friend, was one energetic Cha Cha,” he commented, as the crowd laughed and cheered. I thought Carson might get the boot, but then he received pretty high scores! 17/30

J.R. Martinez: The war vet explained that he has had more than 30 surgeries, but he’s proud of his scars. The rehearsals for the Viennese Waltz looked dismal, but J.R. brought his A-game on the dance floor. I thought he did a fantastic job! 8, 7, 7 = 22

Ricki Lake: Talk show host and actress, Ricki, was determined to do well on the dance floor. “I mean Mirror Ball business, baby,” she said. And her dance with partner Derek Hough wasn’t half bad. “You enjoyed every moment. There was great chemistry,” Bruno said, complimenting the  pair. 7, 6, 7 = 20/30

Chaz Bono: Of course, they saved Chaz for the last dance. As the first-ever transgender contestant on the show, Chaz was the most-anticipated performer of the evening. Honestly, I was nervous for him. There was so much pressure on him to do well to prove the haters wrong, I thought it might not bode well. However, I was pleasantly surprised with his moves! Carrie Ann seemed stoked too. “You can dance!” she said, smiling. “You have great footwork. It was sharp and precise. You have so much joy… you light up this room!” 17/30

What did YOU think of the season premiere? Who do you think is the strongest dancer? Sound off below!

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