Is this thing on?
I confess, I've lost track of what season they're on, but I'm pleased the DWTS producers decided that reality whores (<cough> Kate Gosselin <cough>) and political slimeballs (<cough> Tom DeLay <cough>) were neither entertaining nor appropriate.
Missing? The big flashy opening number introducing all the dancers. Bummer.
So, who's here, and how did they do?
Chelsea Kane: I don't watch Disney, so she was a blank slate to me--but a delightful surprise. Good potential.
Wendy Williams: Anyone else flashing back to last season? Surprisingly shy on the dance floor given her larger than life personality, but could be quite entertaining (but not a long termer)
Hines Ward: Another pleasant surprise--light on his feet and good showmanship skills, too.
Petra Nemcova: Predictably graceful, and slightly subdued; some potential, but needs to amp up the energy.
Romeo: Really? Did we need to be reminded of Master P? Seems to have a bit of an attitude problem (rooted in stereotypes, it seems), but somewhat redeemed on the dance floor. Not bad, but no Kyle Massey.
Sugar Ray Leonard: Darn. I had higher hopes. Great attitude and smile, but sorely lacking in grace and musicality. Will coast on popularity for a while...
Kendra Wilkinson: Who? Where's her pole? Not bad, but not as much of a "performer" as I had expected.
Ralph Macchio: Rod Blagojevich called; he wants his hair back (yes, I'm jealous). Nice moves, though, and great choreography by Karina. The surprise of the evening.
Chris Jericho: Umm...er... Credit for a good attitude, surprisingly humble, and could have been far worse out there. Can Cheryl pull a "My Fair Wrestler"?
Mike Catherwood: "Psycho Mike"? Swell. Not sure why he's here, as he doesn't seem to care much. Tough to watch.
Kirstie Alley: The big finish. Holy odd couple! "If someone told me to haul ass it would take two trips". Moves surprisingly well for her age and size, and could go the distance because she's hilarious to watc., too
So, my picks? Chelsea, Hines, Ralph, and possibly Kirstie...
Oh, and Bruno: Really? "Call me Daphne"?