The new season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off this Monday with one of its best premiere nights yet. Every dancer stepped up their game, jeez, even the 9 paddles made an apperance, on night one, unheard of. It was a magical evening; Len was in a good mood, Bruno limited his sexual innuendos during his judging, and Carrie Ann left her lift police badge at home.
Seriously, there were only a couple of dancers, like Gladys Knight and Melissa Gilbert, who were a little stiff, but that could easily be attributed to first dance nerves. Standouts from the evening included Donald Driver from the Green Bay Packers who was amazing, and totally robbed with some serious underscoring by the judges. Another favorite from the evening, which to be honest I had never heard of before, was Katherine Jenkins, a classical singer from the United Kingdom. Katherine was exquisite. Not to make myself sound like I know what the heck I'm talking about, but the way she finished her lines with these elegant hand movements was just lovely. Judge for yourself below.
Oh, and boy oh boy can Urkel dance! Jaleel White finished the night at the top of the leader board, garnering both great scores and compliments, with comparisons to the great Gregory Hines from both Bruno and Carrie Ann.
Luckily, we get to see another dance from everyone next Monday, before we lose our first contestant on Tuesday. Despite only seeing them dance once, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that either Gavin Degraw or Martina Navratilova will be this season's first casualty. Gladys wasn't great either, but she's got the nostalgia factor going for her.
Tune in next Monday at 8:00 PM EST on ABC for what's shaping up to be a great season.