Dancing With The Stars: The Men–From Buzz to Evan!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The men of Season 10 –Dancing With the Stars, never a more diverse group, with everything from a legendary astronaut to an Olympic gold medalist. Who would ever think they would see the second man to walk on the moon on the same show with former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson–American Reality TV, nothing quite like it.

NFL star Chad Ochocinco was first on the floor with partner Cheryl Burke doing the cha-cha, a dance Burke described as “fun and flirty, just like Chad.” Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Anne Inaba all agreed Ochocinco has great potential. Fresh from The Bachelor, Jake Pavelka partnered up Chelsie Hightower, who says Jake will get a lot of votes from the female audience because “he’s hot.” The judges were torn on Jake’s performance, with Inaba saying he worked romance into his dance, while Bruno argued he was too rough.

Leaving his ice skates at the door, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek braved the dance floor with his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Lysacek acknowledged that his experience as a skater might prove beneficial, but he had trouble turning, it’s the opposite direction that skaters generally turn. Even with the challenges he faced, Lysacek scored the second-best result of the evening.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin received loving tributes from colleagues at the space station, but all three judges agreed that the moonwalker’s moves needed some work. “How can I possibly criticize a hero and a legend, but I have to do my job,” Tonioli offered before he and the judges bestowed Aldrin with the lowest score of the evening. Aldrin accepted the result gracefully, declaring: “I’m looking forward to the future.”

All My Children actor Aiden Turner failed to impress the judges with his cha-cha with partner Edyta Sliwinska. Carrie Ann Inaba enjoyed Turner’s approach and bravado but felt he and his partner didn’t hit the mark. “I gave it my all,” he said “the crowd had my back, but it’s nerve-racking out there.”

Because the votes and scores will be combined with next week’s results, none of the 11 dancers are in danger of getting the boot from the competition.

ISH loves new co-host Brooke Burke, so much better than … The chemistry with Tom Bergeron is definitely leaps and bounds over Samantha Harris. And, hey Tom are you sporting a dancer’s spray tan? — back when we worked together on radio in Boston you never did that for us!

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