Dancing With the Stars Season Premiere Recap: Bristol Palin is Back!

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Bristol Palin did not earn one of the top scores on the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars. She did, however, earn high praise from the judges.

"I vote you the most-improved since last time we saw you," praised Carrie Ann Inaba after Palin and Mark Ballas laid on the sass with a 19.5-point cha-cha-cha.

Pink's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" was the comeback song for Bristol, whose family - including Sarah Palin herself - sat in the audience. The younger Palin made a promise to her.

"I'm going to shake my butt," she said. "And have a smile on my face."

Indeed. Battling Bristol Palin: Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson, Helio Castroneves, Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Anton Ohno, Melissa Rycroft and Emmitt Smith.

Watch all their performances (and see their scores) after the jump!

The Week One DWTS All-Stars scores:

  • Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 24.5
  • Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 24
  • Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel 22.5
  • Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 22
  • Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 22
  • Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
  • Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5
  • Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 21
  • Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson: 20.5
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19.5
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 19.5
  • Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus: 17

With 13 couples, there is no one-week reprieve for the Dancing With the Stars All Stars. Someone's done. Who do you think's going home tonight? Tell us below!

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All I can say is - thank God they didn't bring back Kate Gosselin. Praise and Thank God for that!!!

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Out of everyone that performed last night Melissa, Apolo, Helio, Kelly, Emmitt, and Sabrina really brought the heat. The one thing I love about this show is that Les always makes sure that the technique is addressed because most of us don’t know exactly what it is we are looking at. America isn’t a professional dancing judge so it’s nice to see what he sees that we don’t. I’ve got my Hopper recording this All-Star season and I’m glad the show is back on the air. I like to dance in my spare time and since this show doesn’t involve breaking, contemporary, or ballet it’s right up my alley. My DISH co-workers were talking about Emmitt’s performance last night and I have to agree, for being on the show during season three he sure knew what he was doing. Maybe he will win the mirror ball for the second time.

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Great Season, but Pamela must go.. Did not display up to par on her dancing abilities

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
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