I can't lie. It's been quite some time since this has happened -- but I was glued to the TV during the Dancing With the Stars season 18 premiere tonight. Typically I sort of fade in and out as far as how much I'm really paying attention on the first night -- but tonight? Something was just different.
Um, could they have done any better with the cast they chose this time around? There's someone for people from any generation to root for, and the competition is as good as it gets.
And honestly, at this point -- I have more than one favorite.
NeNe Leakes is full of fun and sass. Danica McKellar is all sorts of adorable and then some. James Maslow is hawwwwttt. Meryl Davis can spin like nobody's business.
Candace Cameron Bure is one hell of a dancer -- and duh, she's D.J. Tanner, which makes her someone every 30-something can't help cheering on. Charlie White is ... well, Charlie White, people! And Amy Purdy? OMG. I am not a crier, but I got a little bit choked up when she took the floor with Derek Hough tonight. If she isn't an inspiration to people everywhere that anything is possible -- no one is.
But let's forget about the cast for a second -- because as good as they are, there was definitely an elephant in the room this evening.
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Yes, I'm referring to Erin Andrews. Holy freakin' AWKWARD. Who else kept expecting Brooke Burke to show back up in the ballroom and expose the whole firing thing as a joke? (Ugh. We wish.)
I know Erin is trying to take a different approach to hosting DWTS, but she was long-winded, a tad inappropriate, and seemed to be trying to create a whole lot of unnecessary drama. Like when she called out Cody Simpson in front of his girlfriend for "being distracted" by his partner Witney's moves. (WTF?)
Season 18 totally has the potential to be a real game changer and draw in more viewers than ever. But let's hope Erin gets her act together before she winds up ruining things for everyone.
Who was your favorite dancer tonight?
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