"Dancing With The Stars" Recap: Season 11, Week 1

“Dancing With The Stars” season 11 premiered last night, and we tuned in to catch every shimmy-shakin’ moment. Ever since the announcement of this season’s “stars” (please, someone tell us what qualifies one as a star, cough cough, Bristol Palin and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino), we’d been anxiously awaiting their debuts. So we settled in for the two-hour premiere. (Super-hot co-host Brooke Burke kicked things off in a cut-down-to-there dress that made sure she had everyone’s attention—especially my husband’s.)

 

 

The Ladies:

 

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani, Cha Cha

Audrina looked slammin’ in her barely-there costume, but Bruno said it right: “You’re a beautiful show pony that needs to be pushed to the limit and whipped into shape.”

Score: 19

 

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Viennese Waltz

Reminiscent of last season’s Erin Andrews, Brandy is extremely hard on herself and unquestionably in it to win it. It was obvious she’d worked her tail off, but her Viennese Waltz was a little too strong and we felt the couple's chemistry was definitely lacking.

Score: 23

 

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, Cha Cha

If this painfully shy “teen activist” wants to stay in the competition, she is going to have stop saying “I can't,” “I'm not,” “I don't.” Yes you can Bristol! After she ripped off her all-buttoned-up, Sarah Palin-esque costume, we were pleasantly surprised to see the rockin’ legs she’d been hiding. Now just learn how to use them!

Score: 18

 

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas, Cha Cha

For 76 years old, this gal can move! We loved watching her work the dance floor with her skinny little legs and couldn’t stop laughing at her hilarious jokes. But please, Florence, do not flash us your sports bra again.

Score: 18

 

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, Viennese Waltz

Is it just us, or is Derek SO Patrick Swayze? We absolutely loved Jennifer’s refreshing elegance and grace as she swept across the dance floor. She may be missing some of the technique, but she’s definitely got all the in-between.

Score: 24

 

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel, Viennese Waltz

Oh dear. Where to start? Let’s just say that if they had been doing a Paso Doble all of Margaret’s scary faces and fabric waving might have made a little more sense. Instead, they were supposed to be doing a Viennese Waltz, and we were just left feeling confused and little bit scared.

Score: 15

 

 

 

The Gents:     

 

David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson, Cha Cha

We’re not so sure “The Hoff” is as hot as he thinks he is. He was very stiff, he shuffled his feet around the floor the entire time (we’re pretty sure they never left the ground) and he creeps us out a little. We hate to break it to you, “Huff,” but your "Baywatch"-babe days are over and you’re no “sex bomb.”

Score: 15

 

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya, Viennese Waltz

Okay: We’re in love with Kurt, his gorgeous wife and his adorable seven kids! We felt that he was surprisingly graceful and had great showmanship—and Carrie Ann and Bruno agreed with us. Len, what’s your deal? We think you’re jealous.

Score: 19

 

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, Cha Cha

Hands-down our favorite performance of the night! This Disney channel star is the ultimate performer—he can move, he’s a total ham and he looked like he was having the time of his life. Front-runner? We think so.

Score: 23

 

Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower, Viennese Waltz

As you all know, we absolutely adore Chelsie, but last night was a mini-disaster. Michael looked like a giant block of wood that Chelsie was dragging around the dance floor. He needs to loosen up, fix his posture and get his head in the game.

Score: 16

 

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff, Cha Cha

Okay, we’ll admit it: We thought The Situation was going to be an obnoxious mess. But, we’re happy to report that we actually kind of liked him. He has a LONG way to go, but for only five days of rehearsal (everyone else had had two weeks of practice before he returned from filming the "Jersey Shore") he did a pretty good job—and was totally entertaining.

Score: 15

 

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke, Viennese Waltz

Of course Cheryl would be paired with the handsome athlete, but with their huge height difference, we almost feel bad for her. However, despite the height challenges, they actually pulled off a decent performance. Rick was elegantly refined and obviously well-coached. Cheryl is undoubtedly doing something right. 

Score: 22

 

With The Situation, David Hasselhoff and Margaret Cho in a three-way-tie at the bottom of the pack, tonight’s results show ought to interesting. Our prediction: Goodbye Margaret and Louis. Who do you think is going home tonight? Who were your favorites?   Let us know! And check back tomorrow for our recap of the results show...

Latest Posts


Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by Jamayla Burse

Catching Up With Christian Burse, Comp Kid Turned Complexions Rising Star

With her nearly limitless facility, well-timed dynamics and incredible control, Christian Burse's future as a dancer was guaranteed to be bright. A student at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, TX, Burse has consistently made waves: She won first runner-up for Teen Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2019, received a grant for summer study at Juilliard from the Texas Young Masters program in 2020, and was named a YoungArts finalist for dance in 2021.

So, it wasn't all that surprising when Burse announced that, at just 17 years old, she would be joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the company's 2021–22 season.

Dance Spirit caught up with Burse to hear all about her first season with Complexions ahead of the contemporary ballet company's run at the Joyce Theater in NYC this month.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search