DWTS 13, Week 1: The results

BURBANK, Los Angeles County, CA–Los Angeles is Lakers hometown, but Lakers don’t have any luck here, at least on the show “Dancing with the Stars.” Tonight during the first week of season 13, the only professional (non-dancer) male athlete on the show was off. Sure the man formerly known as Ron Artest and his partner Peta Murgatroyd had the lowest score, but couples with lower scores have made it past week one.

Remember Master P?  That seems to say that more DWTS fans like rap music than basketball or the Lakers. At times, one might have wondered if fans were divided between football and basketball stars, but that’s not the case this season.

Football players have done well on DWTS, but not basketball players. Remember Michael Irvin? Dancing with Anna Demidova, he lasted nine weeks from a field of 16 celebrities during season 9.

Of course, football players have won DWTS. Before Hines Warner and Kym Johnson won last season, there was Emmitt Smith (and Cheryl Burke) who won season 3.

Ron Artest wasn’t Rick Fox because Fox could dance. The Canadian-born Fox was a retired basketball player, last playing for the Los Angeles Lakers (2004) when he was a celebrity contestant on season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars” in the fall of 2010 when Fox was matched up with two-time winner Cheryl Burke.

Fox had already gone beyond basketball by then. He had been on “Dirt” with a recurring role. He was a lead in “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” as Angela’s Basset’s love interest. He played the bodyguard and lover of the villainess Wilhelmina Slater (played by his ex Vanessa L. Williams) on the hit series “Ugly Betty.”

Yet even dance ability and an expert partner didn’t get Fox into the semi-finals. Fox scored well his last week on DWTS with a 10 (guest judge) and three nines for his quickstep to “Hey Pachuco” during the week when all teams were performing past iconic dances plus a team dance, there was that Bristol Palin effect. Fox and Burke might have nailed Hélio Castroneves’ iconic dance, but it was the political power of Palin–Bristol or Sarah, that resulted in many upsets throughout season 11.

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas had 33. Fox and Burke had 37.

During season 11, football star Kurt Warner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya performed a tango that received a 34 (10, 8, 8, 8). Then there was the fun couple: Disney star Kyle Massey and his partner Lacey Schwimmer. They only had 35 for their paso doble (10, 9, 8, 8).

Fox and Burke with 37 were tied with Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and the eventual winners, Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. The team dances gave Brandy and Chmerkovskiy, Grey and Hough and Warner and Trebunskaya 27. Massey and Schwimmer, Palin and Ballas and Fox and Burke only received a 24 for the team dance.

At the end of the night the teams had a culmulative score of:

  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 64
  • Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 64
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 61
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke: 61
  • Kyle Warner and Lacey Schwimmer: 59
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 57

Palin and Ballas survived to finish third despite low scores.

This season, the politically-charged figure who might skew the results is likely Chaz Bono. Bono proved that he can move, but he doesn’t really project a personality as yet. He is also out of shape. Still Chaz Bono is a hot search trend online and that could mean trouble for the other teams.

Next week, with the quickstep and the jive, the teams will need stamina and crisp action. As the only athlete celebrity left, we think soccer goalie Hope Solo will do well with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but we’re also looking forward to more fun with Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya.

Here’s the leader board:

 

LEADER BOARD

  1. Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani/J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 22
  2. Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 21
  3. Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 20
  4. Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas : 19
  5. David Arquette  & Kym Johnson : 18
  6. Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya/Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer  : 17
  7. Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus/Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 16
  8. Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy : 15

ELIMINATED–Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)  & Peta Murgatroyd : 14 

 

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 21, 2011, in Dancing with the Stars: Season 13 and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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