'Dancing With The Stars-All Stars' Week 1: Fabric, Sequence, Beads, Oh My!


SAN ANTONIO - The all-star performance of "Dancing With The Stars" has finally come alive.
After months of waiting, previous stars have graced their way back into the ballroom with a vengeance.
I must say I was eagerly excited about this season, and by the end of the show I was not disappointed.
The season kicked off with an explosion of energy. It was a complete all-around rollercoaster that left me giddily cheering in my seat like a school boy with his first bike. In regards to the performances: some were amazing; some were mediocre, while some just faltered.
My personal favorite routines were: Sabrina's full out Cha-Cha, Melissa's sultry broadway-themed Foxtrot, Shawn's cute-as-a-button Foxtrot, Apolo's very techno-themed Cha-Cha, and of course Mr. Emmitt Smith with his adorable charm and amazing rhythmic Cha-Cha. It was so awesome, I literally kept trying to dance in my chair. I was having so much fun.
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The scores for last night's show are as follows:

  • Joey and Kym: 20.5
  • Shawn and Derek: 22
  • Sabrina and Louis: 22.5
  • Helio and Chelsie: 21.5
  • Pamela and Tristan: 17
  • Melissa and Tony: 21
  • Apolo and Karina: 22
  • Gilles and Peta: 24
  • Bristol and Mark: 19.5
  • Drew and Anna: 21.5
  • Kelly and Val: 21.5
  • Kirstie and Maksim: 19
  • Emmitt and Cheryl: 24.5

Fan bases will pretty much save: Shawn, Emmitt, Helio, Apolo, Gilles and Kelly. Sabrina lacks a bit of fan base but turned in an incredible performance, which pretty much seals next week for her. The rest of the contestants I think are all pretty much fair game as far as the elimination goes. Joey and Drew are band boys who have fans but put in a mediocre performance. Bristol showed a different side of her, which could induce more people to vote for her despite her unpopularity. Melissa was slightly underscored, I felt, but she received a standing ovation which could save her due to her fan base isn't what it was four years ago. Kirstie and Pamela have fans but their performances were absolutely dreadful, which puts them practically right next to the boulevard of broken dreams.

Come next week it will be time for everyone to really step up their game. I could sense some of the tension between some of the celebrities but Monday night was almost like a free pass to GO for some of them. I found a few of the celebrities didn't really seem to try as hard as others because they knew their fan bases would save them. Come Week Two with the next set of dances, I doubt the judges will be as lenient to some of the celebs as they were tonight. So, unless an original frontrunner doesn't want to feel the burn of the red light, it's time to step it up and prove that they deserve to be here in this competition.

If you missed the performance last night or you just want to see a slight recap because it was so awesome, click here.
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Lane Swenson is writing this blog as the winner of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars Super Blogger Contest." The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of KSAT, ABC or "Dancing With The Stars."



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