‘Dancing with the Stars’ Recap: Week 1 S17


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The 17th season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) kicked off last night with the requisite sequins and smiling we’ve come to expect from ABC’s long running reality hit. This year’s cast is an interesting mix of stars with dancing backgrounds and old uncoordinated white guys. No show squeezes two hours of programming out of 30 mins of content better than DWTS.

Here are the performances worth watching from last night:

Amber Riley & Derek

Riley, better known as the thick girl from Glee, had the highest score of the night with a 27. She is another in a long line of actresses with tons of professional dance instruction pretending this is their first time taping out a beat. Riley danced the Cha Cha with confidence and is in line for a weight watcher endorsement when she loses weight from dancing.

Elizabeth Berkley & Val

Berkley has the duality of being Jesse Spano from Saved by the Bell and Nomi Malone from Showgirls. The show and judges made numerous references to her dirty dancing past, but none about Bayside. She, like Riley, has a professional dance background. I am going to watch her every week just for the Showgirls flashbacks alone. How long until Mario Lopez is clapping for her in the audience?

Bill Nye & Tyne

Boy do I feel bad for the Science Guy. Nye would have been odds on favorite for one of the first people voted off the show no matter the cast, but this year’s is stacked full of pros. He had the lowest score of the night with a 14, and suffers from a posture forged by the laboratory. His dance was awkward and sweet though. I only wish Nye could have received the same respect we give to Mr. Wizard.

Valerie Harper & Tristan

Harper made her battle with cancer a very public affair. She’s therefore impossible not to root for. While her dancing wasn’t anything special, the judges and show will bend over backward to keep her afloat for at least the first four weeks. Here’s the dance that your Mom and Aunt will be talking about today.

Keyshawn Johnson & Sharna

Professional athletes have a great track record on this show. Keyshawn can’t dance. Which truth will win out? I don’t expect Bill Parcells to ever visit the show and watch from the audience. Really can’t say enough how terrible Key is at dancing.

Tags: ABC Amber Riley Bill Nye Dancing With The Stars Derek Elizabeth Berkley Keyshawn Johnson Tristan Tyne Val Valerie Harper