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Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Premiere Music List

We’re back again for another great year of Dancing with the Stars music. If this is your first time visiting Dancing with the Stars (where have you been?), then you can be sure we’ll be posting the list of Dancing with the Stars music after each episode of Dancing with the stars. Here’s the link to see the latest and greatest list of Dancing with the Stars season 11 music (also linked in the sidebar).

Without further ado, here’s the list of music from tonight’s premiere of Dancing with the Stars season 11:
Audrina & Tony danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “California Gurls” California—Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
Kurt & Anna danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “This Ain’t a Love Song” This—Bon Jovi
Kyle & Lacey danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “My First Kiss” My—3OH!3 featuring Ke$ha
Rick & Cheryl danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Crazy” Crazy—Aerosmith
Margaret & Louis danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “We Are the Champions” We—Queen
Brandy & Maksim danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Cry Me Out” Cry—Pixie Lott
Bristol & Mark danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” Mama—Three Dog Night
Florence & Corky danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me” Kiss—Shirley Bassey
Michael & Chelsie danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “Life After You” Life—Daughtry
Mike & Karina danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Break Your Heart” Break—Taio Cruz
Jennifer & Derek danced a Viennese Waltz to the song “These Arms of Mine” These—Otis Redding
David & Kym danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to the song “Sex Bomb” Sex—Tom Jones

September 20, 2010 I Written By

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DWTS 11 Week 1 Power Rankings

WOW.  I don’t think I’ve ever been this dazzled by the first show of the season! Honestly, while there were some big surprises, both good and bad (Kyle for the former, Margaret for the latter), the playing field really does seem like the most level it’s ever been – those that didn’t score as high still seem to have potential for improvement, and those that scored well seem like they will continue to do well.  I’m really, REALLY pumped to see how this season shapes up :-D But on with the rankings!

1.) Jennifer & Derek – It’s been quite some time since a dance on DWTS got me a little misty-eyed – and this one definitely did.  I will admit, I initially kinda groaned when I heard that they were doing a song from Dirty Dancing – I believe my out loud words were “Wow, how original of them.” But it really did work for them, and the vulnerability and connection that Jennifer had to the dance were what really sold it for me.  It really was as if Jennifer were waltzing with a shade of Patrick when she was floating around the floor with Derek – and homegirl is GOOD.  Few minor stutters here and there, but overall very fluid and nice to watch.  And man – both Derek & Maks managed to create some SEXY Viennese waltzes tonight! I loved the little bit at the beginning with the dress straps…reminded me of the movie when Johnny & Baby dirty dance in the cabin before hitting the sheets, and the strands of lights were like Kellerman’s all over again.  Overall, I think these two slightly edged out Brandy & Maks for the top spot – they got the better running order position, and a slightly higher score.  Plus I think voters will really feel for Jennifer, and that will spur them to vote.  Really, really excited to see more from these two.

2.) Brandy & Maks – I kid you not – I literally got to a point in the middle of their waltz when I was like “Damn, Maks is hot!” These are words that have never before passed my lips, but man – that waltz was at the same time both romantic & seductive, and both Maks and Brandy showed a lovely vulnerability which really drew me in.  I’m loving this kinder, gentler, calmer Maks…I’m not quite sure what happened in the off-season, but whatever it is, I’m a-likin’ it ;-) Brandy is just an absolute doll – very likeable. I really do feel like she’s there to work, while still enjoying herself – and the girl can move well, so I really do think she may be Maks’ best shot at the trophy so far (yes, even better than Mel B.!).  Nice, fluid waltz, but what I think I liked the most is that Maks really did load it up with a lot of nuts & bolts Viennese steps – no fussing with props or clothes, just really good dancing infused with a good amount of emotion.  I hope he continues to create dances like these this season, because if he can keep it up – I really do see these two winning.  They had a pretty good running order position (top of the 2nd hour) and a solid score, so I don’t see these two being in any danger of going home tomorrow…thank goodness, because I’m really excited to see more from them as well!

3.) Rick & Cheryl – I just cannot get over how good these two look together.  Seriously – they look like a United Colors of Benetton ad or something.  Just BEAUTIFUL.  And to the naysayers who said Rick’s height was going to be an issue – the man had far better posture than a lot of the average height men I’ve seen on DWTS, and if there’s anyone on the show that can really cope with a height difference well – it’s definitely Cheryl.  These two will be definite competition for both Brandy & Maks and Jennifer & Derek this season, especially if Rick can do as well in the Latin dances as he does in the ballroom ones.  Only one complaint (and it actually has nothing to do with Rick or Cheryl): who the hell said that Rick & Cheryl’s music was “This Ain’t a Love Song”? That’s one lyric in the great “Cryin’” by Aerosmith, silly gooses! :-P Anywho, they didn’t have a great running order position, but they’re only one point away from both Brandy & Maks and Kyle & Lacey, and if all the ladies in America go as gaga over Rick as Carrie Ann the Cougar did…well, then we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Rick ;-)

4.) Kyle & Lacey – This kid was the biggest surprise of the night for me.  I was seriously expecting this kid to really stink – but man, he’s pretty damn good, and he oozes personality from every pore. Definitely wins my showmanship award for the evening…he’s FEARLESS.  Reminds me of Warren Sapp and how much of a performer he was from the get-go: not afraid to make mistakes, but totally committed and totally having fun.  Lacey was being Lacey – very in-your-face choreography, lots of attitude both on and off the floor – but it did seem to pay off for them, and maybe it was Lacey’s spunk that spurred Kyle to do so well. They were definitely fun to watch. However, I do have 3 concerns about this couple: one, Kyle still has a pretty small fanbase – one that pales in comparison to some of the voting powerhouses this season.  Two, he’s extremely entertaining, but I’m not sure his technique is as good as Brandy’s, Jennifer’s, or Rick’s – I daresay he got a bit sloppy at times tonight.  Three – I’m honestly a little worried that the combination of he, Lacey, and their collective abundance of energy may just put people off after awhile.  I’m hoping that they can reign it in a bit for the ballroom dances, because if Kyle’s natural ability at the Latin dances carries over to it, he could very well bump Rick out of the finale.  I think these two will be safe this week – despite a crappy running order, and a small fanbase, there were fortunately (for him) other couples that really didn’t do well this week, while he held his own.

5.) David & Kym – Again, I reiterate: do I think the Hoff is a great dancer? HELL TO THE NO.  But if my suspicions are correct about America, they will latch onto the biggest hot mess they can find on the show and keep him/her around for awhile.  And I definitely think the hot mess of the evening was none other than the Hoff – that cha-cha was honestly painful to watch, at times.  He almost moves rather…I don’t know, geriatrically? Kinda hunched over and low-energy, and it reminded me of Buzz last season.  It was ok for Buzz; but it’s rather off-putting on a much younger man like David.  But he is a ham, and people like hamminess.  Thank goodness for Kym’s patience and choreography that minimized David’s sloppiness – and for looking SMOKIN’ HOT.  Both Heidi & I admitted girl crushes on her over Twitter tonight.  Great costume, great hair – Kym was the sex bomb in this dance, not David! I daresay their scores won’t be what’s keeping them in this week, but rather David’s massive fanbase, coupled with the coveted pimp spot will render them safe for next week. 

6.) Audrina & Tony – Audrina was no real surprise for me – she was about as good as I had predicted she’d be.  Pretty, sweet girl with a great body, but a definite awkward mover who’s not quite comfortable moving her body yet.  Wish I had more to say, but unfortunately this pair was very middle of the road for me this week – not great, but not bad, and so early in the show that I’m having a hard time remembering a lot of their routine.  I’ll have to rewatch it later to really get a feel for Audrina. I do remember a lot of blank, petrified stares from Audrina though – hopefully something that will diminish as the competition wears on.  I think these two are safe based solely on the fact that they went first, and that there are other couples who did much worse than they did.

7.) Florence & Corky – Is it just me, or was Florence just kinda acting bizarre tonight? Definitely not the demure Flo I remember from The Surreal Life on VH1 a few years back…I can’t help but feel like she’s trying to channel Cloris’ wild antics in order to be more memorable.  It just feels awkward to me.  Was a little disappointed with this cha-cha – felt very robotic and stuttery to me, and I feel like Flo could’ve handled some more meat & potatoes cha-cha steps.  Corky seems downright tame this season. Not gonna lie – I kinda miss crazy, attention fiend Corky a little bit.  I’m left just feeling kinda weird about this couple – I didn’t really like them, but I think they’ll do better if they stick around longer.  I think the “geriatric” vote will come through for them this week – but man, I really hope they step their game up, because this was just odd.

8.) Bristol & Mark – I really do have to give Bristol props – she may not be a performer, but she got out there, gave it an honest try, and actually seemed to enjoy herself while she was at it.  And really – she wasn’t the worst cha-cha of the evening.  Miles ahead of Kate, in my opinion. Was really surprised at how well she seemed to get along with Mark – he’s so extroverted and she seems very shy, so I was surprised that they seemed to meet somewhere in the middle and mesh well.  She is terribly shy, but I do feel like part of the voting population is gonna sympathize with her, and may even start to like her.  Luckily, she’s got Mark’s fanbase on her side, and again, she’s got the virtue of having several couples that did much worse than she did. She oughta be around next week, and I’m actually kinda looking forward to watching her.

9.) Kurt & Anna – Yes, this was a very awkward, shuffly waltz.  But for what Kurt lacks in ability, he seriously makes up for in charm – I feel like he’s the nicest guy on the show this season, and he’s articulate and calm when he’s speaking.  Just a wonderful energy from Kurt…now let’s hope Anna can just polish the technique part! I really do think Kurt’s nerves got the best of him tonight, and he will likely be much better if he sticks around next week (I think he will).  And he and Anna just look really good together…another very well-matched couple, physically.  Running order didn’t really do them any favors, but I do think they were (fortunately for them) overscored a bit, which should keep them safe…that and the powerhouse NFL fanbase.

10.) The Situation & Karina – Ok, this was a good cha-cha – for only having 5 days to rehearse it. If he had performed the same thing after 3 weeks of practice, I would have labeled him the worst of the night.  I’m still on the fence as to whether people are going to categorize him as “cocky” or just “charismatic”, but one thing’s for sure – he’s pretty entertaining off the floor.  Loved the banter with Karina in practice, as well as with Len at the judges table.  I really do think he could get much better, given enough time to actually learn a dance – I’m sure nerves were a contributing factor for him as well this evening.  And I really do think he and Karina are a good match – he seems to respect her, and she thinks he’s funny without putting up with too much goofing around. These two could be in the bottom 2, but since certain couples really didn’t do so well this week, I could see one of them getting sent home over him. 

11.) Michael & Chelsie – Poor Michael – just a terribly awkward mover, and nerves really seemed to get to him.  I’m afraid I have to scold Chelsie a bit for more or less dancing around him – then again, I’m not sure he could do much more than just “be there” for her as she spun around.  I think the biggest problem Michael’s gonna have is that he’s not the most personable guy…he kinda came off as a bit cold and introverted when Brooke was interviewing him, and he seems to have a very dry sense of humor, which I personally enjoy, but voters might not like.  Do I think he deserves to be the one going home tomorrow? No, but he could be.  If he does stick around, I hope he’s able to pull out a bit more personality, because I don’t think his dance skills (or lack thereof) are going to take him very far in this competition.

12.) Margaret & Louis – These two started out decently strong…and then totally blew it.  Louis, Louis, Louis – why oh why did you throw legit dancing out the window and resort to slapstick humor this early in the competition?! One of my cardinal rules of DWTS: don’t buck the establishment really early on in the competition – just play by the rules and do well for the first 3 weeks or so, and then you can go ahead with the rule breaking and “mucking about”.  This wasn’t a Viennese waltz; this was one big tacky wardrobe malfunction.  Kinda disappointed in Louis for selling Margaret short in the choreo department.  Low score, bad running order, routine that just kinda confused people…I think these two are almost guaranteed to head home tomorrow.

And with that, the first performance show of the year is over! Who do you think is gonna get the encore? Who’s safe? Who’s headed home? Talk to me, people! :-D

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Vote for Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Winner

Now that you’ve seen the first dances by the cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 11, it’s time to vote for the Dancing with the Stars season 11 winner. This will be the first of many polls we do predicting the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 11. Let’s hear who you think will be the DWTS 2010 winner!

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DWTS 11 Stat Class: Week 1

Here it is folks! The first performance of the season. If rumors are correct then the first two dances that the celebs are going to try to tackle are: Viennese Waltz and ChaCha. Many thanks to Heidi for posting who is dancing what and their songs… even if she cheated a little ;-)

For those that either need a refresher or new to this, this is how I predict scores. I look at the pro and post up all scores related to that pro in that dance style. Sometimes, there simply isn’t enough information, so I would also compare scores with those of others in similar occupations, age groups, etc… Then with a little bit of averaging things up and putting my own feelings into the matter… I attempt to predict scores for each of the couples… No easy task. ;-)

Granted, who knows what’s going to happen, and this is really all just for fun :D Keeping all that in mind, let’s try to predict the scores…

VIENNESE WALTZ:
Michael Bolton & Chelsie Hightower
- Chelsie & Ty Murray (Season 8/Week 10): 25/30
- Chelsie & Jake Pavelka (Season 10/Week 1): 20/30
To me this is simply not enough information… so I’m going to try to compare with other male singers.
- Karina & Mario (Season 6/Week 8): 27/30
- Julianne & Chuck Wicks (Season 8/Week 5): 23/30
Predicted score: 20/30

Margaret Cho & Louis van Amstel
- Louis & Priscilla Presley (Season 6/Week 4): 22/30
- Louis & Kelly Osbourne (Season 9/Week 1): 23/30
- Louis & Niecy Nash (Season 10/Week 8): 23/30
Predicted score: 24/30

Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke
- Cheryl & Cristian de la Fuente (Season 6/Week 7): 25/30
- Cheryl & Maurice Greene (Season 7/Week 6): 21/30
- Cheryl & Gilles Marini (Season 8/Week 7): 27/30
- Cheryl & Chad Ochocinco (Season 10/Week 7): 25/30
Predicted score: 23/30

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough
- Derek & Jennie Garth (Season 5/Week 7): 25/30
- Derek & Shannon Elizabeth (Season 6/Week 4): 28/30
- Derek & Brooke Burke (Season 7/Week 3): 28/30
- Derek & Lil Kim (Season 8/Week 5): 26/30
- Derek & Joanna Krupa (Season 9/Week 9): 27/30
- Derek & Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10/Week 1): 25/30
Predicted score: 26/30

Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Maksim & Mel B (Season 5/Week 4): 26/30
- Maksim & Erin Andrews (Season 10/Week 9): 27/30
To me this is simply not enough information… so I’m going to try to compare with other female singers.
- Alec & Toni Braxton (Season 7/Week 3): 22/30
- Derek & Lil Kim (Season 8/Week 5): 26/30
- Dmitry & Mya (Season 9/Week 1): 21/30
Predicted score: 23/30

Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya
- Anna & Evan Lysacek (Season 10/Week 1): 23/30
To me this is simply not enough information… so I’m going to try to compare with other football players.
- Edyta & Jason Taylor (Season 6/Week 4): 29/30
- Kym & Warren Sapp (Season 7/Week 3): 25/30
- Cheryl & Chad Ochocinco (Season 10/Week 7): 25/30
Predicted Score: 22/30

CHACHA
David Hasselhoff & Kym Johnson
- Kym & Jerry Springer (Season 3/Week 1): 16/30
- Kym & Joey Fatone (Season 4/Week 1): 24/30
- Kym & Penn Jillette (Season 6/Week 1): 16/30
- Kym & Warren Sapp (Season 7/Week 1): 21/30
- Kym & Donny Osmond (Season 9/Week 10): 27/30
Predicted score: 20/30

Florence Henderson & Corky Ballas
- Corky & Cloris Leachman (Season 7/Week 6): 15/30
To me this is simply not enough information… so I’m going to try to compare with other elder (40s +) female actresses.
- Fabian & Marlee Matlin (Season 6/Week 1): 22/30
- Damian & Pamela Anderson (Season 10/Week 1): 21/30
- Tony & Jane Seymour (Season 5/Week 7): 26/30
Predicted Score: 19/30

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer
- Lacey & Lance Bass (Season 7/Week 1): 22/30
- Lacey & Mark Dacascos (Season 9/Week 1): 21/30
To me this is simply not enough information… so I’m going to try to compare with other Disney related folks.
- Louis & Monique Coleman (Season 3/Week 8): 29/30
- Mark & Sabrina Bryan (Season 5/Week 1): 26/30
- Julianne & Cody Linley (Season 7/Week 1): 18/30
Predicted Score: 18/30

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas
- Mark & Sabrina Bryan (Season 5/Week 1): 26/30
- Mark & Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6/Week 7): 28/30
- Mark & Shawn Johnson (Season 8/Week 7): 28/30
To me this is simply not enough information… so I’m going to try to compare with other celebs whose occupation is not of the norm arenas of entertainment.
- Kym & Penn Jilette (Season 6/Week 1): 16/30
- Karina & Steve Wozniak (Season 8/Week 1): 13/30
- Cheryl & Tom DeLay (Season 9/Week 1): 16/30
- Ashly & Buzz Aldrin (Season 10/Week 1): 14/30
Predicted Score: 16/30

Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani
- Tony & Stacy Kiebler (Season 2/Week 7): 28/30
- Tony & Jane Seymour (Season 2/Week 5): 26/30
- Tony & Marissa Jaret Winokur (Season 6/Week 1): 18/30
- Tony & Susan Lucci (Season 7/Week 1): 15/30
- Tony & Melissa Rycroft (Season 8/Week 10): 27/30
Predicted score: 18/30

Mike Sorrentino & Karina Smirnoff
- Karina & Mario Lopez (Season 3/Week 1): 26/30
- Karina & Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4/Week 1): 13/30
- Karina & Floyd Mayweather Jr (Season 5/Week 1): 15/30
- Karina & Mario (Season 6/Week 1): 24/30
- Karina & Steve Wozniak (Season 8/Week 1): 13/30
- Karina & Aaron Carter (Season 9/Week 1): 22/30
Predicted score: 19/30

And there you have it… how close… or far… am I going to get? Stay tuned to find out! See you at the other side. :D

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Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Voting Numbers

UPDATE 2: Check out the power rankings from the DWTS season 11 finale. Also, be sure to vote in our Pure DWTS Season 11 Winner poll.

UPDATE: It seems like the order of the couples won’t be the same as the phone number. At least Anna Trebunskaya said they’re dancing second, but their voting number is 08. This would be a first (and a little odd), but I guess it’s possible. We’ll soon see.

Quite a few of the pros and the stars have started tweeted and otherwise publishing the phone numbers you can use to vote for them on the Dancing with the Stars season 11 premiere. I thought I’d try and collect them and post them here. If you see one that’s wrong, let me know in the comments and I’ll update it. Related to this, Heidi previously did a post on the order that each couple will dance and which music they’ll use. The numbers below should be an indication of the order they dance.

Dancing with the Stars Season 11 phone numbers:
Audrina and Tony – 1-800-868-3401
Michael and Chelsie – 1-800-868-3402
Kyle and Lacey – 1-800-868-3403
Rick and Cheryl – 1-800-868-3404
Margaret and Loius – 1-800-868-3405
Brandy and Maks – 1-800-868-3406
Bristol and Mark – 1-800-868-3407
Kurt and Anna – 1-800-868-3408
Florence and Corky – 1-800-868-3409
The Situation and Karina – 1-800-868-3410
Jennifer and Derek – 1-800-868-3411
The Hoff and Kym – 1-800-868-3412

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Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Winner Predictions

Tonight’s the premiere of Dancing with the Stars and so in our expert opinions we’re making predictions on who will be the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 11. What? You say it’s too early to make predictions on the winner of DWTS season 11. We haven’t even seen them dance yet! Well, we agree with you completely. That’s what makes it so fun to do anyway. So, here goes…

Princess Heidi’s Prediction: Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Marianya’s Prediction: Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
Courtney’s Prediction: Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
John’s Prediction: Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough

As you can see, we’re all in agreement! Who do you predict will be the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 11?

If you want to enjoy more analysis on the various couples, check out some of our previous posts ranking all of the Dancing with the Stars Season 11 couples in a wide variety of ways:
DWTS Power Rankings 1-6 by Courtney
DWTS Power Rankings 7-12 by Courtney
DWTS Who’s Gonna Win by Princess Heidi
DWTS Stats Class (The Pros) by Marianya
DWTS Stats Class (The Stars) by Marianya
Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Las Vegas Odds by John
DWTS Twitter Follower Ranking by John

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Following Pure Dancing with the Stars

Today is the premiere that we’ve all been waiting for. I think I speak for all of us at Pure Dancing with the Stars when I say Finally!! I much prefer the wait between the Fall and Winter seasons. It’s shorter and there’s something called Christmas to break it up. Either way, the long summer wait is over and tonight we’ll be enjoying some great ballroom dancing again!

I thought as a start to the season I’d point out all the ways that you can stay up to date on the things that we post on Pure Dancing with the Stars besides just visiting http://www.puredwts.com.

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