Dancing With the Stars Season 6 Episode 0 (03/07/08)
The men kicked things off on Dancing with the Stars, season six. And let's just say that Julianne Hough may have her work cut out for her this season. To the recap...
Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson (Cha Cha Cha) - Not the best of the night, but a major crowd-pleaser. Len thought that Penn and Kym captured the flavor of the dance, and praised Penn's hip work. On the down side, Penn had some problems with his footwork and needed to focus more on technique. Bruno said the performance was like watching a trailer for "Shrek does the Cha Cha Cha" and called Penn's moves "replacement hip action."
He was entertaining, but needed to be lighter on his feet. Carrie Ann liked the magician's energy and his overall attitude, but wanted to see better footwork as well. Score: 16 (5, 6, 5).
Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska (Foxtrot) - Len told Jason that he looked great, had good posture, and gave an elegant performance. In the future he would have to act out the character of the dance a little more. Carrie Ann expected him to be far more rough, and was surprised by his fluid movements, coordination, and hand detail.
Bruno called Jason the most graceful tackler he'd ever seen, but wanted to see more romance and drive. Score: 22 (7, 8, 7).
Cristián de la Fuente and Cheryl Burke (Cha Cha Cha) - Cristian wants to bring romance to the show. Did he succeed? Well, Carrie Ann went gaga over Cristián's charisma and his chemistry with Cheryl. Her biggest criticism was his slouchy shoulders. Bruno said it looked like the actor was riding a bike, and proceeded to rattle off one borderline sexual comment after another ("you have to bang as hard as she does," "we'll be on top of you," etc.).
Len loved Cristián's performance from the waist down, but had a problem with the top half as well. We think all this tough love is a good sign. The judges are usually harder on the dancers with the most potential. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7).
Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough (Foxtrot): Adam clearly didn't win over the judges. Bruno said that Adam's routine was a combination of Will Ferrell and John Cleese. Ouch. The comedian hilariously pointed out that both men could buy and sell Bruno. Len complimented Adam's footwork and told him to relax.
Carrie Ann was at a loss for words, and not in a good way. She said that there were moments when Adam almost had it, but came up short. Score: 15 (5, 5, 5,).
Mario and Karina Smirnoff (Cha Cha Cha): The best of the night. Carrie Ann began her critique by fanning herself. She told Mario that he set the standard tonight, and that the ladies had better take notice. Len praised Mario's hip action, but noticed some bad footwork. Bruno asked Karina if she had a monopoly on hot Marios. He loved the performer's musicality and noticed the footwork issues, too. Score: 24 (8, 8, 8).
Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya (Foxtrot): Bruno acknowledged that Steve put his heart and soul into his performance, but added that he gave a Billy Ray-style performance (in terms of shakiness). Bruno instructed him to do some ballet to open up his chest and arms. Carrie Ann called Steve "adorable" (seconded) and told him to work on his musicality. Len said that Steve was the first contestant to look like he was genuinely enjoying himself, and found him charming. Score: 18 (6, 6, 6).