On most seasons of Dancing with the Stars, the field sorts itself out quickly – the wheat falling away from the chaff almost immediately on the parquet.
If last night’s premiere of the All-Stars edition taught us anything, it’s that Tom Bergeron is awfully smug about his Emmy win as reality show competition host. No, Bergy was always smug. It taught us that this year is going to be harder to predict than ever. As promised, lots of talent in this returning batch.
You can bet Emmitt Smith will be in it to the end. He took to the floor in what looked like the same green silk shirt he won with in Season Three – only it had somehow regrown sleeves. And check those matching shoes. Yohwza!
With old partner Cheryl Burke, Smith earned the evening’s highest score: 24.5. No your eyes did not deceive you. That was a decimal point. The judges are now permitted to break down their paddle totals to half points. This changes everything, people!
Low score of the evening went to Pamela Anderson who elected to method dance with Tristan MacManus. Her fiery pouting received a 17 from the panel.
I’m kind of hoping Anderson goes home tonight, only because if she can’t take criticism better than that, it really is too painful to watch.
Among the other standouts on opening night were Gilles Marini and Sabrina Bryan (although the crowd seemed more enthusiastic about her than Carrie Ann and Len). But the judges giveth and they raketh away. Last night they were too tough on Philly girl Kelly Monaco and far too generous to Drew Lachey.