Dancing with the Stars recap- week 1
Cha-cha and Viennese waltz offer first glimpse at season 13 field
Singer Chynna Phillips and her partner Tony Dovolani gave one of the best performances in the season 13 premiere with a smooth Viennese waltz. (ABC)
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My prediction: Her performances need more spunk if she's to stick around.
David Arquette: Arquette (mostly known for his role in the "Scream" teen horror flicks) will be a crowd favorite and rightfully so. He'll do well because he has great stage presence and can get into character in whatever dance he's presented with. In this case he said his goal was to do his "best impression" of a person doing a Viennese waltz. But it turned out better than just an impression. He's got a strong partner in Kym Johnson, reigning DWTS champ, as well.
My prediction: Comic relief and outgoing personality will help him on the stage.
Elisabetta Canalis: This Italian model and actress (mostly known outside the fashion industry for her former status as George Clooney's girlfriend) danced a cha-cha I can sum up in two words: super awkward. Her performance with partner Val Chmerkovskiy seemed to rely on cheesy props and baring skin.
My prediction: I fear she will fall into the category of women with great bodies who lack either the confidence or coordination to shake it. (See former competitors Kim Kardashian and Holly Madison.)
Hope Solo: Hope -- the popular U.S. soccer star and goalie -- had some graceful moments and some clumsy moments in her Viennese waltz with partner cheeky Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
My prediction: Athletes tend to do well on this show, either because they have great coordination and stamina or because they're wildly popular with viewers despite their dancing abilities. Hope will fall into one of these categories.
Carson Kressley: Fashion designer and celebrity stylist Carson Kressley will be just as fun and energetic on the dance floor as he is in every interview he does. He seemed to be genuinely having fun in his cha-cha with partner Anna Trebunskaya. He's not the most fluid dancer, but he's also not too timid to get goofy.
My prediction: He'll get by for several weeks on the appeal of his personality. If he works hard in practices, he could be one of those contestants who makes leaps and bounds in technical achievement.
J.R. Martinez: Martinez, an Iraq war veteran and actor on the soap opera "All My Children," gave one of the strongest performances of the night in his Viennese waltz with partner Karina Smirnoff. He seems to have natural musicality and a strong frame, which is important for a man leading the dance.
My prediction: His story and his experience and knack as a motivational speaker will make him warm the hearts of both judges and viewers. What seems to be a natural talent for dance will serve him just as well.
Ricki Lake: Despite all the self-deprecating humor during her interviews and practice sessions, the talk show host looked good on stage with partner Derek Hough. Her footwork could be improved, but she carried herself with elegance and didn't seem too jittery.
My prediction: If she can get comfortable in this element, she'll do well.
Chaz Bono: Held for last was one of the most anticipated dancers, Chaz Bono, a LGBT rights activist and author. Chaz, the child of Sonny and Cher, is not a natural dancer but had several exciting moments with some fun footwork mixed into his cha-cha with partner Lacey Schwimmer.
My prediction: He'll garner a lot of votes partly because of all the hype surrounding his mere presence on the show as someone who is transgender. If Chaz's efforts in practice are in earnest, he stands to improve in technicality, too.