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Dancing With the Stars Episode Recaps
week 1 recap

air dates: September 21, 22, 23

overview of this week's competition:
The fellas dance Monday, the ladies Tuesday, results on Wednesday when two couples get eliminated!


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judges' best quotes

Len Goodman
Carrie Ann Inaba
Bruno Tonioli
Len GoodmanCarrie Ann InabaBruno Tonioli
  • Len (to Chuck): "It was a little aggressive."
  • Carrie Ann (to Tom DeLay): "That was surreal."
  • Len (to Tom D): "Parts were magic, parts were tragic."
  • Bruno (to Tom D): "You're crazier than Sarah Palin."
  • Len (to Donny): "Too theatrical, too much razzamatazz"

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episode videos

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best moments

Louie Vito
Donny's facial expressions
Michael Irvin's solo boogie
Tom DeLay lip-synching "Wild Thing"
Louie's backflip at the start of the group salsa
This group of people sitting on a couch with their arms around each other: Michael Irvin, Donny Osmond, Louie Vito, Tom DeLay. Nowhere else on television....

cringe-inducing moments

Tom Delay
Bruno calling Louie a "hobbit"
Nearly any moment involving Tom DeLay
Donny falling onto his battery pack
Samantha trying and failing to get the stars to bag on each other after the group dances.

talk about this episode

What did you think of the first episode of Week 1?
Is Mark Dacascos still a dark horse?

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• Tuesday at 8pm: Ladies' night on DWTS!

dance cardsAaron Carter and Karina SmirnoffFirst Dance: Cha cha cha Scores: total score87722 Judges' Comments: Len: Full of potential. Great start to the show.Bruno: All the energy goes all over the placeCarrie Ann: Little Aaron Carter’s all grown up! Waltz Relay: 1st place, 10 points Ashley Hamilton and Edyta SliwinskaFirst Dance: Foxtrot Scores: total score65415 Judges Comments: Len: In all the basic steps your footwork was correct. It just had a roughness about it.Bruno: To me, this was dead. You have to sell it. Carrie Ann: I didn’t see anything that defined or separated you from everybody. Salsa Relay: 4th place, 4points Natalie Coughlin and Alec MazoDance: Scores: total score Judges Comments: Mya and Dmitry ChaplinDance: Scores: total score Judges Comments: Michael Irvin and Anna DemidovaDance: Scores: total score45413 Judges' Comments: Len: It wasn’t a great first dance. You’ve got to get slicker. Bruno: You have a great presence, but the cha cha cha was poor. The footwork was out, the content was out.Carrie Ann: You beat Jerry Rice’s charisma. You’ve got to fill it with way more dance moves. Waltz Relay: 3rd place, 6 points Melissa Joan Hart and Mark BallasDance: Scores: total score Judges' Comments: Mark Dacascos and Lacey SchwimmerDance: Cha cha cha Scores: total score77721 Judges' Comments: Len: I’m not a fan of gimmicks (kung-fu)Bruno: The talent is thereCarrie Ann: The arms are a little “woo choo” (flailing) Waltz Relay: 2nd place, 8 points Macy Gray and Jonathan RobertsDance: Scores: total score Judges' Comments: Louie Vito and Chelsie HightowerDance: Foxtrot Scores: total score76619 Judges' Comments: Len: Your hair’s not what you expect in a ballroom. I was surprised you could hear the music with it all hanging down. Your technique was very good. I enjoyed your dancing very much.Bruno: It was so cute. It was like watching a little dancing hobbit. If you carry on you’re going to be really, really good.Carrie Ann: I didn’t expect that from you. You obviously have not danced before. I really enjoyed it, it’s truly fun to watch. Salsa Relay: 2nd place, 8 points Kelly Osbourne and Louis van AmstelDance: Scores: total score Judges' Comments: Kathy Ireland and Tony DovolaniDance: Scores: total score Judges' Comments: Joanna Krupa and Derek HoughDance: Scores: total score Judges' Comments: Debi Mazar and Maksim ChmerkovskiyDance: Scores: total score Judges' Comments: Chuck Liddell and Anna TrebunskayaDance: Foxtrot Scores: total score56516 Judges' Comments: Bruno: The footwork was poor, the hands terrible, and the timing wentCarrie Ann: You’re not graceful yet, but you were smoothLen: It was much better than I thought it was going to be. I want you to get in touch with your feminine side, a little bit more graceful. Salsa Relay: 3rd, 6 points Donny Osmond and Kym JohnsonFirst Dance: Foxtrot Scores: total score67720 Judges' Comments: Bruno: You can play an audience like a master fiddler – full-frontal theatrical, and it works. But the foxtrot wasn’t as good as the theatricality.Carrie Ann: You’re obviously going to be a fan favoriteLen: For me, too theatrical, too much razzmatazz Salsa Relay: 1st place, 10 points Tom DeLay and Cheryl BurkeDance: Scores: total score56516 Judges' Comments: Bruno: You’re crazier than Sarah Palin. The little cha cha you did was not bad, the rest, I am not sure.Carrie Ann: That was surreal. You’re very light on your feet, you have a natural grace to you. You’re rockin’ it for the older crowd.Len: Parts were magic, parts were tragic. Waltz Relay: 4th place, 4 points

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