Dancing With the Stars Season Premiere Recap

March 10, 2009 By:
Dancing With the Stars Season Premiere Recap

Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars kicked off with some very interesting changes to the lineup.

Holly Madison had to fill in for Jewel, who suffered tendonitis in both of her knees, while the Bachelor's Melissa Rycroft filled in for Nancy O'Dell, who quit the show due to knee problems.

Aside from the new faces, the two-hour season premiere was full of interesting renditions of the Viennese waltz and the cha-cha. Here's a breakdown of each couple with their scores:

Lil Kim & Derek Hough: Cha-Cha:
The self-proclaimed "Black Barbie" did fairly well in the competition, dedicated her first dance to all the girls at the federal detention center. Carrie Ann said she has potential, but we'll have to wait until next week to see how her second dance is.
Score: 21

Holly Madison & Dmitry Chaplin: Cha-Cha:
The former 'Girls Next Door' model only had one week to prepare her Cha-Cha so her partner Dmitry really didn't have much time to help her perfect her technique. Holly looked really nervous but did fairly well considering the circumstances.
Score: 18

Ty Murray & Chelsie Hightower: Cha-Cha:
To put it nicely, Ty needs more practice. He didn't seem comfortable in his own skin and got through the dance in an awkward stiff 'when is this going to be over' kind of way. Better luck next week Ty!
Score: 14

Lawrence Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska: Cha-Cha:
Lawrence didn't do as well as Jason Taylor. He definitely needs to work on his cha-cha because it was more like blah-blah.
Score: 16

Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff: Cha-Cha
Bruno called him a "teletubbie gone mad" but Carrie Ann thinks he has potential. His enthusiasm makes us want to cheer for him, but we're not sure if he'll make it past the next few weeks.
Score: 13

Denise Richards & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Cha-Cha
Denise Richards said she felt "stupid" during rehearsals and started crying. There's no crying in Ballroom Dancing! She was clearly nervous and tried to rush her way through the dance. Carrie Ann said she "looked terrified" during the cha-cha, and Len said she needs to tone up. Bruno said she's got it, but doesn't know what to do with it. Basically she's this season's Kim K.
Score: 18

Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke: Cha-Cha
There's no denying it, Gilles is a natural. He rocked the Cha-Cha like no other and even managed to get the biggest score of the night. We can see him going far in this competition.
Score: 24

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: Viennese Waltz
Melissa, the former cheerleader rocked the competition last night. She stepped into the competition with less than a week to practice and she rocked the Viennese Waltz, getting the second highest score this week.
Score: 23

Belinda Carlisle & Jonathan Roberts: Viennese Waltz
Belinda confessed she was uncomfortable with the Waltz, and it showed. She was a little slow and it was obvious she was counting the steps in her head. She has potential though, so don't count her out just yet.
Score: 17

David Alan Grier & Kym Johnson: Viennese Waltz
Kym didn't seem comfortable with her dancing partner David, admitting she doesn't really understand his sense of humor. David is hoping to "get sexual favors outta this" and Kym wants the trophy. Not the best combination.
Score: 19

Steve-O & Lacey Schwimmer: Viennese Waltz
The former Jackass, who is now clean and hoping to change his life around, didn't seem too comfortable with the Waltz. He says he's too "Caucasian" for it.
Score: 17

Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz
Their Waltz was sweet and graceful, arguably one of the best female dances of the night. She got the second highest score of the night, a tie with Melissa Rycroft.
Score: 23

Chuck Wicks & Julianne Hough: Viennese Waltz
Len said he needs to refine his dancing, and Carrie Ann though he was one of the most graceful. He got himself 20 points though, not too shabby for the first week!
Score: 20