'Dancing with the Stars' Season 16 premiere live blog: A 'Bachelor,' a 'Housewife' and a figure skater walk into a ballroom

dancing-with-the-stars-season-16-premiere-live-abc.jpg"Dancing with the Stars" has returned!

Now in Season 16, the reality competition series has another 12 celebrities eager to win that Mirror Ball trophy by ballroom dancing their way to victory. It's a mixed bunch this season too -- anything could happen.

Who are the "DWTS" celebrities for Season 16?

  • Sean Lowe -- that guy we just watched on "The Bachelor"
  • Lisa Vanderpump -- one of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
  • Dorothy Hamill -- beloved, iconic figure skater
  • Zendaya -- Disney kid (currently on "Shake It Up!")
  • Andy Dick -- oft-controversial comedian best known for "NewsRadio"
  • D.L. Hughley -- stand-up comedian
  • Jacoby Jones -- Baltimore Ravens football player
  • Alexandra Raisman -- Olympic gymnast
  • Ingo Rademacher -- soap opera star best known for "General Hospital"
  • Wynonna Judd -- Grammy-winning country singer
  • Victor Ortiz -- boxing champion
  • Kellie Pickler -- country-singing "American Idol" finalist

Definitely a mixed bunch.


Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough -- cha cha

The "American Idol" singer went first -- sporting a haircut awfully similar to Derek's standard blond 'do. Based on the first dance, Kellie might just be one to watch. Her cha cha was good, if a little boxy (does that make sense?).

Or, as Len Goodman put it: "Yum yum pink bum!"

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

 
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold -- foxtrot

Boxing and ballroom dancing are definitely not the same. You might be hard-pressed to figure this out from his premiere dance, however. He was awfully good. Add in a sob story to die for, and he could (theoretically) win it all.

Bruno Tonioli: "It's not 'Gorillas in the Mist,' yeah?"

Also, Carrie Ann Inaba has her first crush of the season.

Scores:6+6+6 = 18


Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson -- contemporary

So contemporary is getting mushed in with ballroom now? Apparently, the producers liked it last season. The problem is, of course, scoring. The rules aren't exactly the same in ballroom and contemporary dancing.

Whatever the case, Ingo is hot. Len didn't care -- he did not like contemporary dancing... at all.

Scores: 7+6+7 = 20


Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko -- foxtrot

And Giggy.

Unfortunately, the dog disappeared right at the beginning of the dance. It would have been entertaining to see Giggy foxtrot. As it was, the dance was nice. It just would have been better with a Pomeranian.

Len: "There was too much staggering about going on."

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18

Lisa: "I think Giggy deserved a 10 though, because he was just so cute!"


D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke -- cha cha

Ah, now this was a week 1 dance! Obviously game for the dancing, D.L. Hughley really wasn't very good. He was also paired with Cheryl, meaning that acting like a post for Cheryl to dance around was an option.

Bruno: "You have terminated the cha cha cha! I think you have terminated 1, 2 and 3..."
Carrie Ann: "Y-y-y-yikes. W-w-w-whoa."

Scores: 4+4+4 = 12


Zendaya and Valentin Chmerkovskiy -- contemporary

She's 16. This seemed rather terrifying to Val.

Based on the dancing, the big worry should be the relative obscurity of the Disney star (and the fact that she is a trained dancer, albeit in another style). Her dance was easily one of the best of the night. And not creepy at all!

The judges liked her, even if her age meant that Bruno had to censor his standard commentary.

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24


Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd -- foxtrot

He started with a rose. And in a giant pinball machine.

Sean was actually a pretty good dancer if you could ignore the goofy grin on his face the whole time. Goofy and suave don't really go together.

Bruno: "It was like a Chippendale's version of a ballroom dance."
Carrie Ann: "I liked it rough."

Scores: 7+6+6 = 19


Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas -- cha cha

Only a gymnast would refer to a dance competition as her time for R&R.

This is another one of those couples who might be a big threat. People know Aly Raisman from the Olympics. Plus, the fact that she is a gymnast can only help.

Bruno: "I can tell you're ready to burst out big time!" (This may not have referred to her potential -- her chest was rather prominent.)

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus -- contemporary

This would be the "sweethearts" pairing of the season. I mean, you can't dislike Dorothy Hamill. That's borderline un-American and stuff. Meanwhile, Tristan MacManus... Well, he is just one of those lovely people.

Their dance seemed rather lovely too. It's harder to tell with contemporary dancing, but it seemed nice. And it's never wrong to use "Tiny Dancer" as your music.

The judges loved it anyway.

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21


Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani -- cha cha

Although she was wearing a costume that did her no favors (it should have been longer), you have to give Wynonna credit for coming on the stage with dignity. Her dancing wasn't the greatest, but she made it OK to watch.

The judges disagreed with me on the dancing, by the way. They seemed to like it. That, or they just wanted to say nice things to Wynonna Judd.

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18


Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess -- foxtrot

"It's been a bad couple decades..." -- Andy Dick

His comedy certainly does have a bit of understatement in it.

The dance was a lot better than we would expect from the tear-filled rehearsal package. Andy Dick is the kind of guy who looks interesting in a tux. The dance seemed kind of reminiscent of something from Donald O'Connor (only not that good, of course).

Bruno: "It was like watching Woody Allen doing the foxtrot."

Scores: 6+5+6 = 17


Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff -- cha cha

He is a very large man.

But reasonably light on his feet during the dance. Jacoby at least looked like he wanted to be dancing out there. It takes most celebrities awhile to give off that aura of happiness on the dance floor.

This would be another one to watch for.

Carrie Ann: "It was kind of like a big ol' medley of touchdown dances."

Len didn't like it.

Scores: 7+6+7 = 20


There isn't any results show this week. That's because ABC needs to roll out the big guns for the premiere of "Splash." There will be some sort of look at the rehearsal process (at 9pm) instead. The first elimination will follow the second performances next week.
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