Dancing With the Stars: Episode 1 Professional Critique and Review

This is a summary of my review for Episode 1 on Season 12 of Dancing With the Stars. I’ve listed each star in the order of their scores, from lowest to highest, from each set. The full review is on our website at www.emotionsdancesport.com/dancing-with-the-stars-professional-reviews.htm, where you will be able to find the reviews for future episodes as they come out. The full review includes not only critique for the stars, but for the pros and the judges themselves! And so, without much further ado:


Dancing With the Stars Episode 1 Review

Monday, March 21st, marked the premier episode of Season 12’s Dancing With the Stars.There were eleven couples, six of whom danced Cha Cha while the other five danced Foxtrot. My reviews are as follows:

Dancing the Cha Cha

Wendy and Tony

Score: Carrie-Ann=5, Len=4, Bruno=5 with a total of 14

Wendy unfortunately deserved this score. She was the stiffest girl out there, and I think the only star that matched her in stiffness was Chris Jericho. Her posture was terrible, hunched forward in the shoulders with her head jutting out. There was no movement in her body, she looked as if she was falling into each step, like she had no control over her body.

Kendra and Louis

Score: Carrie-Ann=6, Len=6, Bruno=6 with a total of 18

Kendra was very disappointing for me! I’ve seen her on “The Girls Next Door” and other shows on TV, where she showed a promise of more grace. She had none whatsoever. Her legs were far too soft, too lazy, and too open in her thighs. Her arms and spine were carried up and forward, she flung her arms out into the positions like she was a ragdoll being ripped apart.

Chris and Cheryl

Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=6, Bruno=6 for a total of 19

Chris Jericho tied with Romeo for the score of 19, but to be honest the judges were very indulgent with him, and this is why I chose to describe his dance ahead of Romeo’s. Chris was extremely heavy. His feet were incredibly stiff and his ankles seemed like they were bolted at the joint.

Romeo and Chelsie

Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=6, Bruno=6 for a total of 19

Romeo may have tied Chris, but in my opinion he was far better. He’s such a good looking guy, nicely groomed, posture not terrible. I want to like him. I try to like him. I have a positive reaction to him.

And he almost kept it up!

Hines and Kym

Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=7, Bruno=7 for a total of 21

I was seriously impressed by this performance. The first impression was extremely positive; he has great facial expressions throughout the entire dance. His center is surprisingly active for a football player. His hips were moving, his arms were complete, and he really performed it to the maximum.

Kirstie and Maks

Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=7, Bruno=8 for a total of 23

Wow! I was so impressed with Kirstie’s execution! She was great! She has a naturally straight spine and wonderful presentation of her upper back and chest which makes her particularly easy to watch. On top of that, she seemed to slip into the character of Cha Cha rather easily, which is more than I can say for all the other dancers.

Dancing the Foxtrot

Mike and Lacie

Score: Carrie-Ann=5, Len=4, Bruno=4 for a total of 13

This was definitely not the cream of the crop. Foxtrot is supposed to be smooth and elegant. He was neither of those. Mike seemed unable to use his feet in order to achieve a clean transfer of weight from foot to foot.

Sugar Ray and Anna

Score: Carrie-Ann=6, Len=5, Bruno=6 for a total of 17

Sugar Ray has a difficult time with posture and frame. When it comes to Standard dancing, posture and frame are the most important aspects. He doesn’t have them. Neither does he have very good coordination of his legs. His feet were not bad, but then again I would expect that from a boxer.

Petra and Dmitry

Score: Carrie-Ann=6, Len=6, Bruno=6 for a total of 18

I thought maybe Petra’s score should have been swapped with Sugar Ray’s. I was very disappointed with this performance. Petra is such a beautiful girl, with long willowy limbs that should fit beautifully inside a ballroom frame. Unfortunately, her frame was broken and droopy, and her neck fell into the category we ballroom dancing girls fondly call the “Shot Pigeon”.

Chelsea and Mark

Score: Carrie-Ann=7, Len=7, Bruno=7 for a total of 21

Chelsea was seriously overrated. 21 was a very good score for her. I was surprised by how lifted she was through her upper back; so lifted, in fact, that she forgot about her bum, which was hanging out about a mile away from Mark. She managed to keep her left arm up nicely, something Petra failed miserably in doing, but her right arm was locked out straight and pulled out of her shoulder joint.

Ralph and Karina

Score: Carrie-Ann=8, Len=8, Bruno=8 for a total of 24

OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!! Can it be true? Is it possible? Did I actually hear a Foxtrot? I did! I did! I did hear a Foxtrot! I’m beyond shocked! Karina’s outfit was beautiful, Ralph’s dinner coat sophisticated, and the song choice splendid. This, alone, makes Ralph and Karina the winners in my mind.


I was highly disappointed with the song choice. As you can see from above, only one out of five Foxtrots was what I would consider a Foxtrot song. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it once more: I don’t know who’s choosing the music, whether it’s the pros or the show, but if it’s someone from ABC, they should be fired. You might think that it’s not important, but it is! The character of the music is what gives the individual dances their unique flavors! It’s like ordering a Fettucine Alfredo and getting an Enchilada. Just because they both have sauce doesn’t make them the same!

Once more, please remember this is not the full review. For a critique of the pros and even the judges themselves, including a more comprehensive critique of the stars, please go to www.emotionsdancesport.com/dancing-with-the-stars-professional-reviews.htm for the full review. Until next week!


About korastoynova

With my husband, Simeon Stoynov, I travel the world in pursuit of our dreams, of which we have many. And, thankfully, all of our dreams are within our reach. We have made sure of it. From our lives as competitive ballroom dancers, a life which has taken us around the world and back, to my struggles to becoming an author, to Simeon's love of business, we have learned what it means to sacrifice, to apply ourselves with discipline, and to enjoy the journey to success. Our lives truly are made of the stuff of dreams.
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