Dancing with the Stars Premiere: Melissa Rycroft Rises to Challenge

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I don't know the Bachelor guy, but he's a loser.

Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli echoed the sentiments of reality TV fans around the world with this critique, but he didn't provide it simply to help mend a broken heart. Instead, Bruno - along with fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba - were enamored by the performance of Melissa Rycroft.

With just days to prepere her waltz, Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani earned the second highest score of last night's DWTS premiere, a combined 23 from the panel.

Melissa Rycroft, DWTS

Here's a rundown of the rest of the night, including the final score for another late addition to the show and celebrity gossip favorite: Holly Madison.

  • Lil Kim and Derek Hough: 23
  • Jonathon Roberts and Belinda Carlisle: 17
  • Kym Johnson and David Alan Grier: 19
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 23
  • Dmitry Chaplin and Madison: 18
  • Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini: 24
  • Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray: 14
  • Lacey Schwimmer and Steve-0: 14
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Denise Richards: 18
  • Edyta Sliwinska and Lawrence Taylor: 16
  • Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks: 20
  • Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak: 13

Who do you think should be sent home tonight? Click on the pics below for a few more images from last night's premiere:

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke Photo
Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin
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Nobody's going home tonight. They all dance again next Monday and then the votes from both shows are combined to determine the bottom 2. The bottom 2 will have a dance off to see who goes home. Do I know too much about this show?

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente