Tom reminds us that it's been a long winter, and we deserve this show. I deserve a lot of things better than this show after this crap-tastic winter we've had. Starting with a tropical vacation. But I'll take this show. At least it's pretty to look at and totally light and I never think about it for one second when it's over.
This is my favorite episode of the entire season because you have no idea what someone will do on the floor. Once we've seen each couple dance for the first time, you at least have some idea what to expect. But right now, each couple could be great or terrible, and you don't know until you see it. So it's exciting! For real! They've gone really crazy with the set this season, or at least with the lighting production. Very dramatic. Tom and Brooke welcome us from the balcony. Brooke is wearing what seems like a normal black gown, until you see that she's sprouted a giant flower-shaped tumor from her thigh. She should really get that checked out. The margins are definitely irregular. The band plays the music and the new cast descends the stairs. I'm going to save my commentary for each person's intro package, though.
First up is Chelsea Kane, who is partnered with Mark Ballas. I will admit that I had no idea who Chelsea Kane was before she was announced for the show. I have kids, but they don't watch those tween shows yet. We're still on Yo Gabba Gabba around here. In Chelsea's intro package, she says that she wanted to do the show because she was home-schooled and never got to do the boy-girl dance thing. Mark and Chelsea have their first rehearsal, and they can't stop talking about their great chemistry, which means they have no chemistry. If you have it, you don't have to talk about it.
Enough yapping. Let's see their foxtrot. It's a little too cutesy for my taste, which is Mark's fault. Chelsea does a good job for the most part. Her toes are pointed and her arms are extended, but she needs to tuck her butt underneath instead of sticking it out. I really don't like the choreography. It's way too modern for me; I prefer more traditional stuff. There are a few "oops" movements on Chelsea's part, but she gets 90% of the moves down, and for the first ever dance, I think that's pretty good. What do the judges think? Len liked the youthfulness, although some of the movements were too modern for him. Len, c'est moi. Bruno makes a really sexual comment about Chelsea being on her back and afterglow which seems inappropriate given Chelsea's young age. Carrie Ann thinks Chelsea has potential, but she needs to extend her movements. Scores: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, and Bruno 7. Those are great scores, since they don't usually break out the higher paddles until later in the season.