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Can’t look away from ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2014 at 02:14 PM

I really can’t say I’m a “Dancing With the Stars” fan, but when I stumble onto the show, I can’t turn it off.

Monday night was no exception with the premiere of Season 18 (!).

I missed the first hour and started watching right as Billy Dee Williams was about to take the dance floor.

Maybe “watching” isn’t the right word since I actually had my face covered because it was too painful to witness. Even R2-D2 and Ewoks weren’t enough to save Lando Calrissian.

The next contestants were a motley crew of personalities. My husband (who also got sucked in) summed it up perfectly: “Let’s see, you got a woman who lost her legs, Lando Calrissian, Olympic medalists and Diana Nyad.”

Here’s my quick recap:

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: Emma was a “Star Wars” geek’s fantasy come true. Billy is first one going home.

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Loved that floor routine. I had to Google Candace’s age during the show (she’s 38).

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Don’t these Olympic ice skaters have an unfair advantage?! Derek Hough was their choreographer. C’mon!

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Cool Monopoly set. Cheryl seems like the only real “normal” professional female dancer to me.

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov: Hubby said, “I have too much respect for Diane to watch this.” Great song choice and she cracked me up in her post-dance interview.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Amy, a Paralympic snowboarder, is simply amazing. She’s an inspiration.

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Again, unfair Olympian advantage!

Didn’t watch Danica McKellar dance but doesn’t Winnie (“Wonder Years”) look amazing?

Erin Andrews is the show’s new co-host. She seemed a little nervous considering she is used to doing live TV. But it was her first night in this role.


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