Premiere night on “Dancing With the Stars” saw the usual mix of great, good enough and too bad to be believed, but which ones were which is up for debate.
While judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were never more than a point apart from each other’s opinions, sometimes those opinions made no sense at all.
Take for instance ballroom baby Bristol Palin, who scored 18 out of 30 for her first ever dance floor effort. Palin received heaps of praise for a relatively low-scoring, dazed dance. The question is why all the love for a lackluster routine, and why weren’t those cha cha cha scores even lower?
Perhaps Goodman and the gang were worried about getting an earful from the “mama grizzly” contingent, but whatever their reasons, the marks seemed off when compared to one even lower scorer.
Comedian Margaret Cho chose to add some questionable, over-the-top mock flubs to her Viennese waltz, but when she wasn’t hamming it up, she actually showed off impressive footwork and leg lines. All that earned her was a matching set of fives from the judges and a whole lot of tough love.
Other odd scorers for the evening were singer-songwriter Michael Bolton, whose 17 seemed several points too generous, and “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson, whose 18 out of 30 defied logic. Then again, just what score Henderson deserved for that big-on-personality, small-on-proper-steps routine is hard to say.