Starting the season off was Audrina Patridge who was nervous about being first. She was followed by Kurt Warner who also displayed some first-performance stiffness in his, but the judges saw through to their potential, giving them both 19s.
Things turned around with the big surprise of the evening. Kyle Massey took the ballroom by storm with his Cha Cha. Lots of us expected Rick Fox (towering 15 inches over his partner Cheryl Burke) put on an awkward performance. But their confident Viennese Waltz earned them a 22.
Comedian Margaret Cho's Viennese Waltz was off to a similarly impressive start, but it took a twist into some choreographed comic flubs that didn't sit well with the judges. Pop star Brandy earned a solid 23 with her beautiful Viennese Waltz.
Bristol Palin was a big question mark on everyone's mind. Her partner helped bring out her energy and charisma, helping her to get an 18. Florence Henderson took the stage like the seasoned Broadway star she used to be. The judges loved her enthusiasm and infectious happiness, but it was still only worth an 18.
Michael Bolton didn't fair as well, earning a 16 for his stiff Viennese Waltz. Carrie Ann thought Bolton was letting his partner lead.
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino says he tried his best with only five days of rehearsal behind him. He was working on MTV's "Jersey Shore" until last week. Unfortunately those five days didn't seem to be enough to pull off the Cha Cha. In contrast to that situation, Jennifer Grey brought a confident grace to the ballroom with a Viennese Waltz.
Rehearsal footage with Derek showed Jennifer breaking down crying, when the Otis Redding song played (which is from "Dirty Dancing") brought back vivid memories of the late Patrick Swayze.
Closing out the night was David Hasselhoff seemed to have a good time performing with fireballs exploding in the background. But David's footwork and movement didn't seem to be all there.
Performance Show Results:
Jennifer Grey 24
Kyle Massey 23
Rick Fox 23
Audrina Patridge 19
Kurt Warner 19
Bristol Palin 18
Florence Henderson 18
Michael Bolton 16
Margaret Cho 15
Mike Sorrentino 15
David Hasselhoff 15