DWTS week one recap: Zendaya Coleman leads, D.L. Hughley in trouble

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 18, 2013 

Disney star Zendaya Coleman and dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy led the field on the first episode of season 16 of "Dancing with the Stars." They earned 24 points out of 30. In trouble after the first week are comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke. They got just 12 points. Luckily, there's no elimination show tomorrow. The next live performance show is next Monday, March 25, and the first elimination show is Tuesday, March 26. Week one and two scores and viewer's votes will be added for a total score next week. The couple earning the lowest combined score will go home.

Earning 21 points were ice skating champ Dorothy Hamill, country singer Kellie Pickler and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman. NFL player Jacoby Jones and actor Ingo Rademacher got 20 points and "Bachelor" Sean Lowe received 19. Earning 18 points were country star Wynonna Judd, "Real Housewife" Lisa Vanderpump and boxer Victor Ortiz. Actor Andy Dick got 17 points.

Here's a recap of the March 18 show:

Judges are Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Hosts are Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet. A total of 30 points, 10 from each judge, are available for each dancer.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff earned 20 points for their Cha Cha Cha. The couple only had one week, half the time the other couples had, to practice because of Jacoby's knee surgery. The performance may not have been technically sound but it was sizzlin'. Carrie Ann: "You got the moves, man... it was kind of like a medley of touchdown dances." Len called it "all icing and no cake." He criticized his posture. Bruno: "You can grind it as well as I've seen people grind it in 16 seasons." Karina won the contest with Army veteran J.R. Martinez and placed second with partner Mario Lopez in season 3.

Actor Andy Dick and new pro Sharna Burgess received 17 points, 6 from Carrie Ann and Bruno and 5 from Len, for their foxrot. "It was like watching Woody Allen... I liked the slightly deranged side," Bruno said. Carrie Ann said it was like watching the ugly duckling evolve. Len said it had the "fluidity of 'RoboCop'." Dick, age 47, might be best known for his controversial behavior and sometimes offensive "jokes." He was on the show "NewsRadio" and briefly had his own program, "The Andy Dick Show" on MTV.

Country star Wynonna Judd and reigning DWTS champ Tony Dovolani earned 18 points, 6 from each judge, for their Cha Cha Cha. Len thought it was "very good" but a little too safe. Carrie Ann and Bruno want to see more attitude. Dovolani was paired with Melissa Rycroft last season on the all-star show and won.

Former ice skating sensation Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus, earned 21 points, 7 from each judge, for their contemporary dance. During rehearsal footage, the 1976 gold medalist talked about her recent battle with breast cancer. Could there have been a more perfect song for this American sweetheart than "Tiny Dancer"? Nope. Carrie Ann called the performance "golden." Len said it was "outstanding beauty." Bruno said he felt it deeply. The judges said she needed to get stronger and had a few stumbles.

Olympian and gymnastic standout Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, a two-time DWTS champ, got 21 points, 7 from each judge, for their Cha Cha Cha. Eighteen-year-old Alexandra Rose, "Aly," was captain of the gold medal-winning United States Olympic gymnastic team in 2012. She also won gold in floor exercises and took home a bronze on the balance beam. The judges enjoyed the dance but Carrie Ann said it seemed "safe." They encouraged Aly to let loose next week.

"The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, who is now engaged to his top bachelorette Catherine, and Peta Murgatroyd received 19 points, 7 from Carrie Ann and 6 from Len and Bruno, for their Foxtrot. "You're dancing needs to be more refined," Len said. Bruno like's Sean's "pelvic thrust." Carrie Ann said: "I liked it rough." Read more about Sean Lowe's season of "The Bachelor" here.

Teen star Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, earned 24 points for their Contemporary dance. "Three words I never thought I'd say week one: That was great." The judges complimented Val's choreography and said Zendaya showed great maturity for her age. Coleman is a 16-year-old on Disney Channel's "Shake It Up," where she dances.

Almost-50-year-old actor and comedian D.L. Hughley, and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke earned 12 points, 4 from each, for their Cha Cha Cha. D.L. warned us to get ready for Boogie Fantastic. It was not fantastic. Bruno said: "OMG. You have terminated the Cha Cha Cha." Carrie Ann said: "Back to the drawing board." Len was even meaner. The timing was off and D.L. looked stiff. "This was no good," Len said. The audience booed but D.L. wasn't concerned. He said he was used to harsher criticism.

Beverly Hills' Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and new pro, Gleb Savchenko earned 18 points, 6 from each judge, for their Foxtrot. In rehearsals, Lisa said she felt like her dance was almost unfaithful to her husband and she was going to attempt moves that she hadn't tried since her honeymoon. Len called it acceptable. Bruno said the lines were good but her posture was bad. Carrie Ann said it was "nice and easy on the eyes."

"General Hospital" soap star Ingo Rademacher and two-time DWTS winner Kym Johnson danced the show's first contemporary dance for 20 points. It had a lot of lifts. Carrie Ann loved it. Len was not convinced. They argued. Bruno decided to settle it. "Listen to me, that was good," Bruno said. Carrie Ann said the dance had the passion and strength that contemporary dance requires. Carrie Ann and Bruno gave the couple 7 points, while Len awarded just 6.

Boxer Victor Ortiz is paired with new pro, Lindsay Arnold, of "So You Think You Can Dance" fame. "Boxing and dancing have absolutely nothing in common," Victor said during rehearsals. The couple earned 18 points, 6 from each judge, for their Fox Trot . Bruno said Victor had "boyish charm and Latin passion." Carrie Ann said Victor "sparkled." Len called the performance "uneventful" but he's looking forward to seeing Victor do the jive next week.

Former "American Idol" star Kellie Picklerand 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough kicked off the show with a high-energy Cha Cha Cha. Kellie and Derek earned 21 points, seven from each judge. All the judges were impressed. Carrie Ann said Kellie had sass and class but Len gets the best quote. "Yum, Yum pigs bum. That was fun."

Professional dancer and fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not return. His brother Val Chmerkovskiy will. Pro Chelsea Hightower is also not returning, though it seems it was not her choice.

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