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Dancing With the Stars Season 10 Begins With a Bang

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TimesNewsLine: Dancing With the Stars 2010 kicked off to a bright start last night, with astronauts, athletes, actresses all geared up to showcase a performance worth remembering.

On the first day, while a few of them were able to please everybody, some others could show their dancing skills, while others could only make everybody laugh, showing how poor they are at dancing. Some brought smiles on the faces watching them, while a few others tears!

In Dancing With the Stars Season 9, there were 16 participants, this time the number is 10. The season 10's first night saw gold-medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and Pussycat Dolls pop star Nicole Scherzinger emerge as the best. The biggest surprise was when NFL star Chad Ochocinco and partner Cheryl Burke kicked off the show with cha-cha-cha, a dance Burke described as "fun and flirty, just like [Ochocinco]." Judges -Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Anne Inaba - lauding Ochocinco's great potential, with Goodman describing him as "a rough diamond" that would shine more once sharpened. Ochocinco's score stood at 18 out of 30; he told former "Dancing With the Stars" champion Brooke Burke that though he felt good on the dance floor, he still had "a long way to go."

Dancing with the Stars last night saw another pair receive 18 points. It was the pair of "Beverly Hills, 90210" veteran Shannen Doherty and partner Mark Ballas. Doherty, who was in the show in support of her father, looked like "self-described nervous wreck." The judges gave the pair compliments, saying they had shown "ease and elegance" when performing the Viennese Waltz.

Next to rock the stage was the pair of ESPN host Erin Andrews and outspoken Maksim Chmerkovskiy that received 21 out of 30 points, despite having been criticized for lacking control over her movements.

The next in line was the pair of Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower. The pair was able to score 20 out of 30 points despite facing criticism from a few judges, with Inaba saying that he had "worked romance into his dance." Bruno said he was "too rough."

The next star on stage was the pair of Reno 911's Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel. Nash stated: "I want to be the nice, thick, grown woman that stands in the front, not the chubby girl that sits in the back." There was a mixed response about her performance. While she was able to impress Inaba, Goodman wasn't too impressed. Instead he went to the extent of terming the performance an uneventful and "flat" cha-cha-cha. Nash scored 18 points and dedicated her act to "thick girls everywhere."

Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya were the next contestants. Lysacek had trouble adjusting to some spin styles during the rehearsal. Despite facing these difficulties, Lysacek scored the second-best score, 23 points, on the first day of the show. Though the judges were pleased with the pair's performance, they acknowledged that he needed to improve on his "clumsy feet."

The lowest score of the evening went to world-renowned astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The judges felt that the astronaut needed to work a lot on his performance, though Tonioli felt sad and said, "How can I possibly criticize a hero and a legend, but I have to do my job." Despite getting a 14 out of 30, Aldrin accepted it elegantly, saying: "I'm looking forward to the future."

However, next was the turn of highest scoring performance, 25 out of 30 points, with Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger's Viennese Waltz along with partner Derek Hough blowing away the judges. The performance was described as the best of the evening, with Tonioli calling it having "startling finesse;" however, Goodman wasn't as impressed and he told Scherzinger to work on her finesse.

"All My Children" actor Aiden Turner along with partner Edyta Sliwinska failed to impress anybody, including the judges. Their cha cha cha on the tunes of "Hungry Like the Wolf" didn't hit the mark, and they could only score 15 out of 30.

The next performers included Kate Gosselin, tabloid target, and "Dancing With the Stars" competitor Tony Dovolani. The judges felt that the mother of eight, Kate, had her work cut out to go ahead in the contest. Gosselin could score only 16 out of 30.

Last but not least was the turn of "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson and partner Damian Whitewood. Her performance enabled them to score 21 out of 30.

Though the first night's performance ensured that nobody would face elimination during the next week, as results of both performances will be combined, it will have some impact on the performers and their performances.

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