Last night after the premiere of Dancing With The Stars, dance pro Cheryl Burke was seen at a “Hostess with the Mostess” viewing party. Entertainment Tonight was able to get an interview with her about her dance last night with Jack Osbourne. She also discussed the competition. She said, “You have the ringers already. You have Amber, you have Corbin. I even think Christina Milian and Nicole, Snookie. They’re just all amazing. But I know this competition so well, and I know that people look for the journey and people want to see you improve throughout the competition, so that’s what were going to try and do.” More below….
Thanks to our Miss Heidi for starting a new media post for me. Today has been a bear to keep up with work added to my schedule today. So, for more media updates we’ve found for you, if you go to Entertainment Weekly, you can see the cast being interviewed in their VIDEO SECTION on the “right” hand side of the page. Find the video with Mark pictured and then click on it (sorry, this is only way we can figure out how to tell you to view it). They talk of how they feel about the Bus Stop being next to the judges. Derek has an idea how to trick Bruno. It’s hilarious. Thanks to Lori for sending.
Below you can also see the cast being interviewed by EXTRA as well.
Val Chmerkovskiy has also written a new blog at NBC with his thoughts on last night’s dances, surprises, and changes. Below is a take, but, be sure to see the link for more of his thoughts on Elizabeth Berkley.
The performance levels were really up there. I actually thought it might go as well as it did after I’d caught a glimpse of rehearsal. Still, you never know how it’s going to come together for show time. Some of the performances really surprised me. I thought Jack Osbourne did a great job. I didn’t expect him to do well, but he was great.
Valerie Harper really surprised me too. Forget that she has this horrible illness — she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want this to be the topic of the season for her even though that’s what will happen, at least at certain times. Ultimately, it’s about treating her like everybody else. She’s in her 70s, and she came out and moved with such grace. It was awesome to watch. She was good! Her arms, posture and frame were nowhere near being the worst of the night.
We’ve had some changes to the show. We’re not in the Celebraquarium anymore. We’re down on the floor for the whole show pretty much. (Host) Tom Bergeron made a great joke that we didn’t have it anymore because it had “gone condo.” I thought that was hilarious.
Being on the floor for the whole show creates a more intimate and cozier environment. It’s looser and I actually love it. I love being here and performing. The only thing is — well, we’re a little too close to the judges! But I’m so happy the show is back.
What a night! I think I’ll watch it all over again tonight!! I loved it that much.
ETA: Chelsie Hightower also weighed in on the night. You can read her blog in full at ABC. Below is take. Note how she gave Bill Nye the lowest score and Amber Riley the highest score.
Chrisina Milan: How gorgeous is she!! She has a stunning stage presence befor eshe even starts dancing. Great routine by Mark [Ballas]. This girl has a lot of potential. I saw some flexed feet and bent legs in areas where they should have been straight, but her performance was spot on. She captured the feeling of the dance and I saw some passion in her expression that translated to her body. Great work! I give this a 7.8.
Bill Engvall: This guy surprised me tonight! He wasn’t bad! He brought some great energy and attack to this dance. Nice choreography by [Emma Slater]. His topline was pretty good, but his footwork was even better than expected! Your on the right track – keep on the direction you are going! 7.2.
Valerie Harper: I’m going to be the 102nd person to say it, but what an inspiration! Seriously though, this lady is incredible. I almost don’t care how she dances. I hope she stays just so we can see her journey and how she handles this process. If she attacks it the way she attacks life, I’m sure we will see some great moments. I loved this routine and her childlike innocence and enthusiasm. I also loved seeing the way Tristin handles all his partners so politely and with such great careGreat job to the both of them! 7.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Snooki, the most controversial figure of the season. What a transformation from her “Jersey Shore” days! She’s a ‘lil diva. I really enjoyed the performance! She had great charisma and is a natural performer. Good job to the pair of them. 7.7.
Overall, a great premiere night for “Dancing With the Stars.” I actually really enjoyed the new format. Faster paced, cutting down time walking up the stairs and shorter interviews. It makes the show go by faster. Great job to all the pros who brought their A game and gave America a fun enjoyable night of dancing. This should be a great season. Let the games begin!
For the first time in several seasons, I find myself very pleasantly surprised by how good everyone looks on night 1 – and how much I like all of the couples (with the exception of one – and I blame that more on the celeb than the pro). The judges are apparently still on crack (surprise, surprise) and have completely lost touch with the concept of a “middle ground” and seem to be scoring everyone absurdly high or absurdly low; and is anyone else kind of thrown by the judges’ table being on the OTHER side of the dance floor??? Just feels…wrong to me. Like trying to use a pair of left-handed scisscors. On with the rankings!
1.) Amber & Derek – I think Amber may be second only to Valerie in terms of likeability this season – she’s funny, enthusiastic, not afraid to poke fun at herself, and is proud of her “big booty” She also has quite a bit of stage presence – she struck me as being the most comfortable out on the dancefloor last night, and seemed to really go for all the steps without any sort of timidness or hesitation. Best cha-cha of the night? Sure. But 27-worthy, in week 1? Eeeeek. Seems like the judges were on a honeymoon last night (at least until Bill Nye danced) and I think they may have screwed themselves (and possibly Amber & Derek) when they whipped out those 9 paddles – now they’ve left themselves without much wiggle room to increase scores as the season progresses…and I’m afraid it may have set some unrealistic expectations for Amber & Derek in the weeks to come. But for now, I think Amber is really safe, given her score and the legions of “Gleeks” that claim to be voting in the thousands.
2.) Valerie & Tristan – I’m not sure there’s been another contestant in the history of the show that seems so deeply thankful and happy to be dancing If you would have told me that the woman I saw foxtrotting with Tristan last night was suffering from terminal brain cancer, I wouldn’t have believed you – Valerie seemed to move with such ease and joy, she was actually better than some of her younger, more able-bodied competitors! I saw a few small issues with balance on turns, but it’s fortunately something that can be corrected with the right tutelage from Tristan. I think we’re going to see Valerie stick around for awhile this season – not only because her story is so inspiring and brings hope to others suffering through cancer, but because she’s actually quite good…and I think she’ll only get better. As Mama Spence said “I bet doing DWTS has added months to her life – people with something to live for tend to live longer!”
Anna Trebunskaya reviewed the Dancing With The Stars premiere last night at ABC! Below is her take on these contestants. Also note that she is worried about Bill Nye the most.
Keyshawn Johnson: Cool tricks! A wonderful play on Keyshawn’s strength and very strong content. Keyshawn, you got to get out of your head and let loose! Work a bit on the posture as well and you will do you well in all the ballroom dances to come this season. Oh yeah, and listen to your teacher.
Christina Milian: A very athletic contemporary routine. She had great expression that improved through out the routine. I agree with the judges though: Christina needs to showcase more confidence in her dancing, but she’s off to a good start!
Bill Engvall: A really strong Foxtrot routine for Bill. Lots of content and confidence. Must be the fact that he rehearsed in the You Can Dance studio in Hermosa Beach, Calif., (Yes, that’s my studio and I’m shameless about plugging it in). Bill, work on your transitions and smoothness, but you’re doing fantastic!
Valerie Harper: Wow! That performance brought tears to my eyes. What a role model to anyone! She’s a stunning woman and a very elegant dancer. No other words…
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Looking hot mama! Really fun Cha Cha “pocket rocket” style (to echo Len’s comment). Snooki actually had good Cha Cha technique and good rhythm. Stay focused and keep improving! You’re a natural performer.
Overall, a really good level of dancing from all the competitors. It will be very exciting to see everyone develop and improve. I’m concerned about Bill Nye. He has the lowest score from the judges, but what makes “DWTS” the show it is is the audience voting factor, so you never know! Like I said, exciting!
More at ABC. Let us know if you agree with her review.
Also, Good Morning America has posted a video recap and Melissa Rycroft weighs in on the dances too! She says this season is reminding her of the all-star season. You can watch it HERE.
Official DWTS Radio has been posting some new interviews with the cast as well. When you get time, be sure to take them in too.
Lastly, Henry of PopTVDotCom is back. He has some coverage of our pros and celebs going to a Party after the show. They tell him how it feels to be back….
Wow, what a great kick off to the new season of Dancing With The Stars Season 17. So much great dancing! I was quickly reminded of why I love this show so much!! But, enough from me, let’s get straight to some new interviews for what we have so far. First up, we have some of the cast being interviewed by our favorite reporter, George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet.
Derek explains how his jacket ripped last night, but, he quickly got it fixed. Amber didn’t know what was going to happen, but, she just went out there and had fun. Derek says she brought the “sexy” even if she had doubts she could. The energy of the night helped them to dance. Once Amber shook off the nerves, a “swag” came over her and she told herself she could do it. Derek learned straight up she was performer and she had a lot of energy. For even more with Amber and Derek, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough.
Elizabeth is happy with 2nd place and how there is room to grow. She talks of how they had to “live in the moment”. They loved the energy of the night. One thing Val has enjoyed so far is hearing and learning about Elizabeth’s family and how that is something they are both passionate about it. Elizabeth loved the last moment of the dance and what a beautiful feeling it was. They are excited for week 2 and the work they will have to put in.
Brant and Peta!! George asks them on their connection and being set up by Tom. They get embarrassed and George promises not to ask them on it again (good!). Peta raves about how Brant is so nice and more than a pretty face. Brant says Peta is one of the funniest people he’s ever met. Peta is happy with them being in the middle of the pack. Brant raves on Amber and how she blew him away.