dwts season 17 cast

Ahhhhh! I know I'm not the only one who literally got up off the couch and cheered during the Dancing With the Stars season 17 premiere tonight. OMG. Where the hell have they been hiding these contestants?!? For the first time in I don't know how long, I could not stop grinning from ear to ear as each couple took the ballroom floor.

Usually the first night of DWTS is awkward, uncomfortable, a tad boring, and also kind of embarrassing -- but this cast is seriously on fire.

And could they have kicked things off tonight with anyone hotter than Brandt Daugherty? Um, why have I never heard of this dude before? He's all sorts of sexy as hell and then some. (Mama likey.) And he and Peta Murgatroyd have mad chemistry, so they should be pretty interesting to watch this season.

After Brandt and Peta's performance, I half expected the show to start going downhill fairly quickly -- but then it just kept getting better and surprised the heck out of everyone watching.

How about Corbin Bleu? Yeah, yeah, I know he's a bit on the experienced side, but still -- he and Karina Smirnoff were awesome.

And OMG, Jack Osbourne. He was nothing short of adorable, but he also proved himself to be pretty smooth on his feet -- who knew? (And I totally started to tear up after seeing his mom Sharon crying in the audience.)

Elizabeth Berkley also caught my eye and is one to watch out for this season. Ok, so maybe it was Val Chmerkovskiy who had me glued to the TV, but whatever.

And don't even get me started on Amber Riley. Can that girl move it and shake it or what? I know it's only night one, but if she and Derek Hough keep up this pace, they could easily take the mirror ball trophy.

Of course, they had to save Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi for last, and I gotta say, she totally delivered. She's definitely taking this competition (and her life) seriously, which is so refreshing. I love her. (And Len called her a little "pocket rocket." Poor guy had no idea what he said, and it was awesome.)

Hmm. If I had to pick a favorite tonight though -- I'm gonna have to give my vote to Jack Osbourne. He's too cute to resist.

OMG. I can't wait for next week!

Who is your favorite contestant so far?

 

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