I admit to having a secret desire. I have always wanted to learn how to ballroom dance. I was twist champion of my seventh grade class and I even managed a decent hustle in the 70’s, but my heart has always been in the ballroom. Consequently, I am always glued to the screen when ABC’s hit television series, “Dancing With The Stars,” is on. I love the show because I can live vicariously through some of my favorite celebrities.
During the Fall, 2007 debut of “Dancing With The Stars,” on September 24th, the six women came out fighting; all determined to win. The men sat back and relaxed waiting for their turn, which will come on September 25th. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their shocked faces as girl after girl nailed her dance routine.
Starting off the evening was television star, Jennie Garth, most famous for her role on “Beverly Hills 91210.” Paired with new pro, Derek Hough – – the brother of last year’s pro winner – – Julianne Hough, she pulled off a wonderful cha cha cha to “Uptown Girl.” One of the judges, Bruno, labeled her a “yummy mummy;” an apt label for a lovely performance that earned her 21 points (three sevens).
Next up was child star, Marie Osmond, who vowed to represent the women over 40. Together with partner, Jonathan Roberts, Marie was the perfect picture of charm and professionalism. Dancing to “I Hear A Symphony,” she delivered a delightful foxtrot that the judges called “a beautiful present.” Her score matched Jennies with sevens for a total of 21 points.
Supermodel Josie Maran discovered that dancing wasn’t easy work as her partner, Alec Mazo, dubbed her “remarkably unfit.” Although her feet had some problems with the steps, her face and upper body were near perfect as she danced to “Walking My Baby Back Home.” The judges urged her to work harder and gave her less than sparkling scores of six, five, and five for a total of 16 points.
Cheetah Girl, Sabrina Bryan proved to be a real spitfire on the dance floor, easily keeping up with her professional partner, another newbie, Mark Ballas. With an energy level that seemed unreal, Sabrina’s cha cha cha to The Pussycat Doll’s theme song brought rave reviews for the judges and the amazing score of 26 points.
Melanie Brown, better known as Scary Spice, at first seemed reluctant to let go of control to her professional partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But the two found a meeting ground and pulled off an excellent cha cha cha that the judges called “dynamic.” Not quite able to outdo Sabrina, Mel still finished well with three eights and a total score of 24.
Finishing off the women’s night was the beautiful Jane Seymour, actress best known as a Bond girl as well as her role as Dr. Quin, Medicine Woman on television. She revealed to her partner, Tony Dovoloni that she had wanted to be a ballerina. However, an injury sustained as a child ended her dream until now. Dancing to “Let’s Fall in Love,” Jane was the picture of graceful elegance and displayed a smile of pure joy with every step she took. The judges rewarded her efforts with three eights; a respectable score of 24.
I predict that Sabrina Bryan will make it far in this competition. However, if a woman can beat her, it just might be Jane Seymour. Her desire to dance could give just enought drive her to land her in the finale. However, I wouldn’t count out Mel or Marie just yet. If they put in the work, they could surprise everyone. Josie, on the other hand, is going to have to conquer her nerves and fears if she wants to keep in step.
With the gauntlet thrown down by the women, the once cocky men suddenly seemed a little worried that they might not be able to match their female counterparts. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but right now my money is on these amazing women.