Dancing with the Stars recap: Donny Osmond, Aaron Carter leading on night one

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 21, 2009 

"Dancing with the Stars" opened season nine Monday night with a dose of testosterone. The celebrity men and their professional dance partners took the stage while the female celebrities watched. The ladies will dance on Tuesday's show. The results will be revealed Wednesday.

Here are the standings: Singer Aaron Carter was in first with 32 points. Singer Donny Osmond was in second with 30 points. "Iron Chef America" Chairman Mark Decascos had 29. Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito earned 27. Ultimate Fighting Champion Chuck Liddell received 22. Conservative politician Tom Delay had 20. NFL star Michael Irvin and Actor Ashely Hamilton are in last with 19 points.

At the end of the show, the guys were split into two groups of four to perform a "relay" dance-off. Each man and his partner did a short dance which lead into another couple's dance. The side-by-side dancing helped the judges compare the celebrities. The points each dancer earned in the relay round were added to the points earned for the individual dances.

The first group danced the salsa. Donny Osmond placed first and earned an extra 10 points. Louie Vito was second for eight points. Chuck Liddell was third for six points and Ashley Hamilton got fourth for four points.

Judge Carrie Anne Inaba said, "Donny you smoked them."

Len Goodman: "Ashley that was a dance only a father could love."

Bruno Tonioli: "Donny you were shaking it like the king of Puerto Rico."

The second group danced the Viennese Waltz: Aaron Carter won, Mark Decascos placed second, Michael Irvin was third and Tom DeLay was fourth.

Len Goodman: "Tom... it was a tad skippy."

Bruno Tonioli: "Mark, great lines... Michael, better, better."

Judge Carrie Anne Inaba: "Michael, Anna, much better... Aaron, nice work."

Here's a recap of the show:

Singer Aaron Carter and partner Karina Smirnoff started off the show doing the Cha Cha. They earned 22 points out of 30.

Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "Little Aaron Carter is all grown up."

Len Goodman, 8: "It was full of potential." But he added that Carter was a bit stiff.

Bruno Tonioli, 8: "You're so sharp, so edgy," but the energy was too much.

Ultimate Fighting Champion Chuck Liddell and his partner Anna Trebunskaya danced the Foxtrot. Though the judges loved the performance, they weren't impressed with Liddell's footwork. The couple received a 16.

Bruno Tonioli, 5: "The footwork was poor, the lines were terrible."

Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "You're not graceful, yet, but you're smooth."

Len Goodman, 5: "It was much better than I thought it was going to be... get in touch with your feminine side."

"Iron Chef America" Chairman Mark Decascos and his partner Lacey Schwimmer took advantage of Decascos' martial arts training when the couple danced the Cha Cha to "Kung Foo Fighting." They got a score of 21.

Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "I see the agility, I see the flexibility, the coordination." She loved the Asian theme.

Len Goodman, 7: "You had good hip action." But he warned the couple that he didn't want to see anymore Kung Foo moves.

Bruno Tonioli, 7: "The talent is there." But he was disappointed that the "tricks" got in the way of the dancing.

"Sunset Beach" actor Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska got a 15 for their Foxtrot. The judges main complaint was the dance wasn't fun to watch unlike the dances of Hamilton's father actor George Hamilton who was a previous contestant.

Len Goodman, 6: "Your footwork was correct."

Bruno Tonioli, 4: "Total lack of showmanship... To me this was dead."

Carrie Anne Inaba, 5: "You have to define yourself."

The crowd went wild for actor/singer Donny Osmond who said his goal was to be better than his sister Marie who finished third in season seven. He and his partner Kym Johnson earned a 20 for their Foxtrot. The judges thought the dance was fun for the audience, but technically weak.

Bruno Tonioli, 7: "You can play an audience like a master fiddler."

Carrie Anne Inaba, 7: "We want to see the hold. We want to see the ballroom dancing."

Len Goodman, 6: "Too much razzmatazz."

Snowboarder Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower danced the Foxtrot for 19 points.

Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "You obviously have not danced before... I really enjoyed it."

Len Goodman, 7: "Your hair may be O.K. for messing about in the snow, but it's not what you expect to see in a ballroom. I was surprised you could hear the music... Your technique was very good."

Bruno Tonioli, 6: "It was like watching a little dancing hobbit."

Former Cowboy football sensation Michael Irvin, who said he was hoping to beat rival NFL player Jerry Rice, fell short of his goal when he and Anna Demidova did the Cha Cha. Lack of content in the dance caused the couple to receive only 13 points. Jerry Rice received 22 points when he danced the Cha Cha on the show. Anna Demidova was the winner of last season's contest to become the next dancing star and the judges encouraged her to add more moves to future routines.

Len Goodman, 4: "You gotta get slicker."

Bruno Tonioli, 4: "You're a crowd pleaser, but... the footwork was out, the timing was out, the content was out."

Carrie Anne Inaba, 5: "One thing you beat Jerry Rice: charisma."

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay showed his wild side doing the Cha Cha with Cheryl Burke for 16 points. His beliefs may be conservative, but his dancing certainly wasn't. Bruno Tonioli, 5: "You are crazier than Sarah Palin... The little cha cha cha you did wasn't too bad."

Carrie Anne Inaba, 6: "That was surreal... You're very light on your feet."

Len Goodman, 5: "Parts were magic. Parts were tragic."

Tomorrow the women take the stage. Here are the celebrity ladies with their dance partners: Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Mya and Dmitry Chaplin Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel

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