DWTS’s first elimination left everyone — including the show’s producers — surprised and disappointed.
David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson: America’s Got Talent, everyone except Hasselhoff. Germany obviously was not in the house for The Hoff. He was just too stiff and like Carrie Ann said, his mouth did most of the dancing. His daughters were proud of him despite his “bad knees.” Though his departure came too soon for many, he was gracious from beginning to end. I will miss him.
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower: Bolton is left as the token whitest white man of the cast. He has a lot of shyness to overcome. If Deutschland didn’t come through for Hoff, the baby boomers might not for Bolton.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovsky: She truly glided on the dance floor like a pro. She is a definite threat.
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel: Poor Margaret. Her reason for the slapstick routine is that she is a comedian, it’s what she does. But really it was just her inner chubby girl sabotaging her confidence. As a child, she said she was told by one of her ballet classmates that she was too fat for ballet. Prove ‘em wrong Madame Butterfly! Spread your wings and float across that dance floor.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: OK, when did Fox start dating Buffy’s nemesis? He was dapper and elegant but all I kept thinking about was him and Eliza Dushku. When and how did that happen? The ladies love the Dancetastic Mr. Fox.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: OMG! It was like Patrick Swayze was in the room. I got goose bumps. Their performance was sublime. The way her straps fell from her shoulders. SO SEXY. They suck you into believing they could fall in love. And you want them too. But not in a Dustin Hoffman and Ann Bancroft kind of way. They rightfully earned the highest scores of the night with their Viennese waltz to “These Arms of Mine.” You may remember that song from Baby and Johnny’s love scene. Sigh.
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas: She looked beautiful and performed well though I wonder how she’ll fare with more physical dances.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: The judges were so unfairly generous to her in comparison to The Hoff (can you tell I’m outraged?). She is a sweet girl but Mark was totally dancing for the both of them. He had to pick her leg up. She should stick to archery and ice fishing or whatever they do in Alaska.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani: Hot stuff! Hot stuff! Coming through. If she could loosen up just a bit more this couple could be en fuego. Tony, after being paired with Mommy Dearest Kate Gosselin, the dancing Gods are smiling on you.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff: Too soon! Too soon! Channeling Saturday Night Fever in your first dance. Epic fail. Start with the basics.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: I heart Kurt Warner. Is it ironic that the resident Christian on the cast bears a striking resemblance to Jim Caviziel? Kurt is engaging, charming and he and Anna genuinely seem to be enjoying dancing together. He made it seem effortless.