Dancing with the Stars Recap: Nicole Scherzinger and Erin Andrews Shine, Kate Gosselin Bombs

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Dancing with the Stars kicked off its 10th iteration last night with its best cast in several seasons. The season premiere offered some standouts and some bombs.

Eliminations aren't until next week, which is fortunate for Aiden Turner, who would likely be sent home as Kate Gosselin and Buzz Aldrin will get sympathy votes.

As expected (by THG, anyway), Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough led the pack. She's kind of a dancer for a living, so this was not exactly a stunner.

Same goes for Evan Lysacek, who may not be a dancer, but makes a career out of being agile. Erin Andrews and Pam Anderson? Pleasant surprises!

Here's a tiered breakdown of last night's Dancing with the Stars scores ...

Derek Hough and Nicole Scherzinger Picture
Evan in Action
Erin and Maks

The judges were kind to Nicole, Evan and Erin last night, and not so kind to Kate and Buzz. Who did you enjoy most on the Dancing with the Stars season premiere?

Early favorites

Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough - Viennese Waltz. Score: 25 (9,7,9).

Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya - Viennese Waltz. Score: 23 (8,7,8).

Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Cha Cha. Score: 21 (7,7,7).

Pamela Anderson & Damien Whitewood - Cha Cha. Score: 21 (7,6,8).

Showing potential

Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower - Viennese Waltz. Score: 20 (7,6,7).

Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke - Cha Cha. Score: 18 (6,6,6).

Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas - Viennese Waltz. Score: 18 (6,6,6).

Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel - Cha Cha. Score: 18 (7,5,6).

Eh ...

Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani - Viennese Waltz. Score: 16 (6,5,5).

Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska - Cha Cha. Score: 15 (5,5,5).

Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Costa - Cha Cha. Score: 14 (5,4,5).


I think Nicole and Derek will walk away with it. After two weeks, we shouldn't know this, but it's pretty obvious. I'm watching the host Tom Bergeron on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire this week as he sits in for the Ask the Expert lifeline. Should be fun. I know a bunch of dancers, and at least two of the judges will also be on hand!


My fav was Nicole and Derek Hough . I didn't know nicole that much but she seems really grounded and is amazing. Maybe she danced before but admit it she's good


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