Here we are. Back at it again. Another season of Dancing With The Stars is upon us. But this time around, the anty has been upped as we are joined in the ballroom this year by zero rookies and a cast of thirteen returning stars. That’s right, it’s All-Stars time baby and not a minute too soon. Bringing back former winners, runners up and fan favorites, the show is sure to bring a slew of crazy competition, amazing dances and a little bit of drama. I can’t wait. So, how did last night’s premiere go?

I have to admit, I wasn’t going to watch or recap this season but the crew of all-stars sucked me in and I’m glad it did. The amount of talent that hit the hardwood last night was absolutely incredible. All be it, there were a few awkward dancers still that have skills yet to be refined. But some of the show’s hardest working and most memorable performers are definitely back with vengeance and are sure to bring it to the ballroom week after week. I think we are in for an exciting and high scoring season.

Speaking of scoring, this year the judges promise to be a lot tougher on the all-stars and have even added a .5 to all the scores to change the margins up just enough. Who will top the leader board and who will have to scrape the bottom of their fan barrel to stay in the competition? Watch all the night’s performances below.

Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson – Cha Cha

Song: P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson

My Thoughts: Wow. What a way to kick off the show. There is no doubt watching Joey and Kym on the floor that these two have done this before. Being runner up there is going to be a lot of pressure on this one to step it up every week. PS: Has Joey gained a little bit more weight?

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 6.5
Bruno: 7
Len: 7
TOTAL: 20.5 out of 30

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – Foxtrot

Song: Good Time by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

My Thoughts: Eff I love Derek Hough’s choreography. For a gymnast, this girl has her shoulders in the right place and definitely moves with a whole lot of grace. I absolutely loved this routine and think she’ll definitely be a front runner for the rest of the season. What a great partnership as well. Meow!

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 8
Bruno: 6.5
Len: 7.5
TOTAL: 22 out of 30

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel – Cha Cha

Song: What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction

My Thoughts: Man it is good to have Louis back this year. Wowza. This routine was smokin’. This is going to be a great all-star season. Sabrina Bryan was smoking hot on the dance floor and Louis did not hold back in any way with the choreography. Her footwork was impecable despite the fact that she almost fell one time. Love love love. Watch out Shawn, she’s coming for you.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Len: 7.5
Bruno: 7.5
TOTAL: 22.5 out of 30

Hélio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower – Foxtrot

Song: Pride & Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughan

My Thoughts: I have to say that Hélio is one of my favorite winners from past seasons but this routine seemed a little flat for me despite some of Chelsie’s amazing choreography. Compared to Derek’s Foxtrot, Chelsie really stuck to a more traditional style but like Patrick said, it’s hard to stand out in this style of dance. I think he’ll be around for a while though because the fans just absolutely love him.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7
Bruno: 7.5
Len: 7
TOTAL: 21.5 out of 30

Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus – Cha Cha

Song: You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse

My Thoughts: She may not be the best dancer coming back for this all-star season but I absolutely love her. This routine was not as difficult as other routines tonight, but she definitely focused on acting the sh*t out of it. Her technique wasn’t there and I saw that but I still love her and hope she puts the work in for the rest of the weeks ahead to keep up the rest of the pack.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 5.5
Bruno: 5.5
Len: 6
TOTAL: 17 out of 30

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – Foxtrot

Song: Hey Big Spender by Sweet Charity

My Thoughts: I love these two back together. Melissa was a great contender in her season but was robbed when she fell to third place. I thought this piece felt a little too musical theatre for me (which is a strange statement from me), but I was hoping to see the routine get a little more sexual a raw versus super choreographed and placed. Let’s hope that these two really bring it next week.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7
Bruno: 7
Len: 7
TOTAL: 21 out of 30

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff – Cha Cha

Song: Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO

My Thoughts: Was it just me or was this routine a little messy. For the star power that both of these contenders bring, this routine fell a little short for me. Len said it best when he said this was a bronze medal performance. I couldn’t agree more. The connection was lost between the two and everything felt so rushed. Not Karina’s best choreography at all.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Bruno: 7
Len: 7.5
TOTAL: 22 out of 30

Gilles Marini & Peta Mergatroyd – Foxtrot

Song: Call Me Irresponsible by Frank Sinatra

My Thoughts: Wow. Gilles Marina is super hot. Period. I love him with Peta. These two are so well matched and their moves across the floor were so graceful like an old Hollywood movie. Peta’s choreography was super traditional which pleased Len. I can’t wait to see these two do something really, really sexy.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 8
Bruno: 8
Len: 8
TOTAL: 24 out of 30

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – Cha Cha

Song: Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by P!nk

My Thoughts: I ragged on Bristol really hard during her season of the show but I must say, she has improved a lot this season. Wow. Her confidence is way better and she had a lot of sass on the floor. I think watching back her season may have taught her some lessons. I think Mark has worked wonders on her and that she could really improve week after week. She made it pretty far last time on name alone so maybe with some good dances, she’ll go all the way.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 6.5
Bruno: 6.5
Len: 6.5
TOTAL: 19.5 out of 30

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya – Foxtrot

Song: Love Song by Sara Bareilles

My Thoughts: Len literally took the words right out of my mouth. He felt a little tense in the neck and shoulders. Patrick said it best when he said, “Drew, please move your heard 98 degrees.” Hahaha. The two had a lot of energy and chemistry but the choreography felt a little heavy and manic. I hope that this doesn’t set the tone for the rest of the season and that he loosens up in weeks to come.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7
Bruno: 7
Len: 7.5
TOTAL: 21.5 out of 30

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – Cha Cha

Song: Bang Bang by David Sanborn

My Thoughts: Someone better take Kelly to the “General Hospital” because he body is out of control. (Joke courtesy of Patrick once again). I don’t remember Kelly being this good in season one of the show. For someone who has never done the Cha Cha in her previous season, she really rocked the heck out of it. It doesn’t hurt that her and Val had some insane chemistry on that ballroom floor. I cannot wait to see more from these two. Samba anyone?

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 7
Bruno: 7
Len: 7.5
TOTAL: 21.5 out of 30

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Foxtrot

Song: Set Fire To The Rain by Adele

My Thoughts: It is so good to see Kirstie back on the show and these two are so great together. The drama of the routine was great and I thought that the two of them were very fluid and really nailed the choreography. However, I do agree with the judges that she does need to lift her ribcage a little bit and make her movements a little more precise but I know she’s going to kill it once again this season.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 6.5
Bruno: 6
Len: 6.5
TOTAL: 19 out of 30

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke – Cha Cha

Song: Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin

My Thoughts: What a way to close the show. Emmitt has always been a fan favorite and even has the nickname “Twinkle Toes” which he lived up to with this fantastic routine. Cheryl didn’t hold back on the choreography and definitely allowed Emmitt to shine with what he knows best. I cannot wait for more from these two.

THE SCORES:
Carrie Ann: 8
Bruno: 8.5
Len: 8
TOTAL: 24.5 out of 30

Overall, I think this new season started off really well. As much as it pains me to say this, I think that Pamela Anderson may be the one to bite the bullet tonight. However, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to America’s vote so we’ll just have to wait and see what they decide. Did you enjoy last night’s premiere of Dancing With The Stars? Share your thoughts below.

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