One thing about an “all-star” edition of “Dancing with the Stars,” as seen from the two hour premiere Monday, is that the dancing begins at a very high level.
Each of the 13 returning contestants have all done this before and are much more skilled in the ballroom arts and more than happy to show off. There are very few of those embarrassing moments of stars who just can’t move.
Still, it was the past winners and runners-up who did best, and those who had come in third or worse did worst on opening night.
That meant Pamela Anderson who scored a lowly 17 points out of 30 from the judges’ new scale that allows half points for the first time. She got a 5.5, 5.5 and a 6 for her cha-cha to a song whose title tipped off her skill level: “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse.
Others in the bottom Monday, predictably was Kirstie Alley with 19 and Bristol Palin (whose parents were in the audience) with 19.5.
At the top was former winner Emmitt Smith, with 24.5 for his first cha-cha reteamed with Cheryl Burke – two 8s and an 8.5. Gilles Marini was second with 24 points. Viewer votes need to be added to the total. No word on whether they get to use half points as well.
One of the 13 will be eliminated in Tuesday’s first results show.