Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron knows all about busting a move. But was he ready for today’s video challenge from Big Morning Buzz Live host Nick Lachey?
Dancing With the Stars premiered last night with all the overly spray-tanned faces, judge sniping and glitter we’ve come to expect and love over the past 15 seasons. And the first all-star season of the oft-humiliating franchise took the competition up a notch with winners, finalists and favorites of the past shimmying their way through a tougher scoring system. You know, since every alum is now an expert dancer (except Pamela Anderson, just saying). But no matter how hard everyone worked, someone has to go home tonight. So let’s break down the good, the not-so-bad and the ugly from the dance floor and see if we can predict which DWTS alum will be having the first last dance.
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke
The Football Hall of Famer —“Twinkle Toes” to you DWTS fans — is back! The Season 3 winner closed the premiere episode with a cha-cha that placed him and Cheryl at the top of the leader board. Even Len, who had been particularly reluctant to throw out praise all night said their performance was, “the last dance of the evening and the best.” Score: 24.5/30
Despite Chris Brown’s chair-throwing meltdown after Good Morning America last week, the singer will indeed be appearing Dancing With The Stars tonight, though host Tom Bergeron doesn’t sound too happy about it. “I did tell the producers it may be to their advantage to not have me interview him,” Bergeron told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show yesterday, “because my natural tendency would be to say something. So, don’t put me in a position where you are asking me not to say something, because I really won’t do that.” Can’t ask a reality competition host not to keep it real!
Though most assume ABC is ignoring Brown’s violent behavior in order to exploit it for ratings, it looks like the network is aware of the potential backlash. The New York Post notes that the press release for tonight’s DWTS episode doesn’t mention Chris Brown until the tenth paragraph, following the dancer bios. With Good Morning America now denying plans to have Brown back on the show, it now sounds like they just want to honor his booking and just move on—if the world and Tom Bergeron will let them.