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week 1 recap

air dates: September 21, 22, 23

overview of this week's competition:

The fellas danced Monday, the ladies Tuesday, results on Wednesday when two couples were eliminated! Special events included a performance by the Broadway cast of "The Lion King," a premiere music video from Miley Cyrus, and a tribute to Patrick Swayze.

It was a double elimination week and the two pairs cut were Macy Gray & Jonathan Roberts, and Ashley Hamilton & Edyta Sliwinska.


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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 razzmatazz"
  • Bruno (to Kathy): "Salsa is sex, with no sex it doesn’t work."
  • Len (to Mya): "This was not a Viennese Waltz; it was a theatrical hodgepodge."
  • Carrie Ann (to Macy): "It was beautiful in its own bizarre way."
  • Bruno (to Kelly): "I cannot believe my eyes. The wild child rock princess transformed."

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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....
Debi Mazar's motormouth
Macy Gray breaks up the judges
Kelly runs to hug her parents after her waltz, everyone cries

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
Bruno compliments Debi on working her "bazooms"
Len and Bruno brawl over Dmitry's choreography
Whatever Macy Gray said to break up the judges

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What did you think about Week 1?
Is Mark Dacascos still a dark horse?

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Week 2: Quickstep, Jive and Tango!

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