Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars kicked off last night with some familiar faces and the first dance by the ladies. I really love this show and wish I could dance – in fact, that’s one of the “prizes” I have asked my husband for when I lose all the weight I need to – I want us to take a few ballroom dance lessons.
The familiar faces were host Tom Bergeron and the panel of judges. Tom had a new sidekick this week – Nick LaShay, who was filling in for Samantha – Sam had delivered her baby the day before the show and is on maternity leave.
The ladies competing for that disco ball trophy include:
- Melanie Brown aka Mel B aka Scary Spice of the Spice Girls. She is partnered with Maksim Chmerkovsky, a veteran of the show. They danced the cha cha. Pretty well, actually. She had a lot of stage presence, not surprisingly. I think she has potential to develop into a contender. Judges score: 24
- Sabrina Bryan of Cheetah Girl fame. She is paired with Mark Ballas Jr, a newcomer to the show. They also danced the cha cha. She is an excellent performer and has some background in hip hop dance, so she was more relaxed on the dance floor. Her footwork was excellent and precise, hip action was good and she looked like a contender also. I do wonder if she will be able to contain her energy in the more sedate and elegant dances. The judges chided the couple for putting a bit too much hip hop into this Latin dance and I agreed. We’ll see how that evolves. Judges score: 26 (high score of the night).
- Jennie Garth, the actress perhaps best known for her role in the TV series 90210, is teamed up with another newcomer, Derek Hough. She had the dubious honor of being the first to dance in the new season. Her nerves showed a bit. While she showed potential in the cha cha, I suspect she will fare better in the more elegant dances. I felt she was a bit too restrained in her first Latin dance and needed to “let go” more. Judges score: 21
- Josie Maran is a model well known for her Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition work and other photo layouts. She is paired with veteran Alec Mazo. Poor Alec. He must have gotten the short straw. Their dance was the cha cha, I think. It was obviously not memorable. She was stiff and will need to transform herself if she hope to continue further in the competition. She would be my vote-off prediction if we were not still waiting to see the men dance. A pretty face with not much feel for the music. Judges score: 16 (low of the night).
- Marie Osmond, singer and QVC doll entrepreneur, will be dancing with Jonathan Roberts, a veteran who was last paired with Heather Mills. He is an excellent choreographer and their dance was the Fox Trot. It was a good match all the way around. Marie has added a little “older woman” weight that will likely melt away if she continues on the show. She did well with the elegant ballroom dance but I’m not as confident of her ability with the Latin dances. Time will tell on this one. Judges score: 21
- Jayne Seymour, acclaimed veteran actress is paired with Tony Dovolani, a veteran of the show. I think their personalities will compliment each other. They also danced the Fox Trot. An excellent choice for their first dance. Jayne danced with beauty, grace and elegance. She had remarked that she is the oldest woman ever to compete on the show. She is then, a wonderful role model for all the rest of us older women. Judges score: 24
I think that, as usual, the judges were more kind and encouraging on this first evening than they will be in future weeks. I thought their scores may have been a tad generous, but consistent in what they were looking for and commenting on.
The men dance tonight. I think I’m looking forward to that even more. Duh!