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'Dancing with the Stars' Season Debut: 21 Million Viewers!

'Dancing with the Stars' Season Debut: 21 Million Viewers!

Dancing with the Stars began its eleventh season with a bang, bringing in 20 million viewers and giving ABC a ratings victory for the evening!

The DWTS judges praised Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey for their opening night performances, while The Situation, who’d only had five days of rehearsal time, didn’t fare quite as well in the competition.

Sarah Palin tweeted that she and her whole family were cheering on daughter Bristol from her living room in Alaska.

WHOSE PERFORMANCE WAS BEST during last night’s show?

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  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    …yo, that dumb bish bristol “my moms a moron” palin was so fcuking bad.
    `mommy ran for vice p. and she’s a kid, sorta, but that’s no reason for the judges to take it easy on her w/ their critiques. she barely moved and couldn’t even shimmy, or shake her hips. ahahahahahahahaha …and the situation?! there was a situation alright – bad dancing. dude is so pigeon toed it’s not even funny.
    .
    jennifer grey did really well and after the whole breaking down crying because she missed patrick swayze i was rooting for her. (who wouldn’t)

  • gina

    Bristol Palin stunk and so did the Situation

  • Maira

    There is no hope for humanity if this sh*t gets 20 million viewers.

  • rhonda

    Mark couldn’t keep his hands off her! She really is horrible at dancing. She barely moved and the judges definitely gave her a bye last night.

    So glad her loser, quitter, obnoxious, stupid mother wasn’t there to upstage her daughter!

  • Jack Reigert

    I was overwhelmed by Bristol Palin’s sexiness. She is so beautiful and curvaceous. This incredibly gorgeous young woman is amazing. She is really stunning. What a magnificent physique! She has such a voluptuous and juicy body! She looked phenomenal in it! I love how she looked and how flexible her legs were.

  • http://Jaj Slig

    Matel to change

  • Cheery

    America is doomed…

  • http://Jaj Slig

    Sill bad

  • Frank Carden

    Audrina Patridge, Bristol Palin, Karina Smirnoff and Lacey Schwimmer are stunningly beautiful and sensual. They are the reason to watch this show.

  • http://jorevcosmetics.com Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    Nice message to American teen girls: you too can get pregnant in high school and have a baby with a deadbeat dad and you can end up on Dancing with the Stars wearing a glamourous red dress. You don’t have to have a job or do anything, just get a worthless GED, just end up on TV and make lots of money. See in America, we are now rewarding you for bad behavior. Wow. I did not watch and will not. Refuse to.

  • Iffy Miffy

    Jennifer was brilliant, she did so well last night! I am rooting for her, hope she wins!

  • dd

    at least no one has experienced in dancing unlike the past 2 years. dwts is supposed to be celebrities with no dancing skills.

  • Avika

    @dd: I think you forget about Jennifer “Baby” Grey…

  • juliette

    Kyle Massey suprised me. This boy feels the music and is able to really move !
    I knew that producers will make J.Grey cry by a song – I just had no idea which song of Dirty Dancing’s soundtrack they’ll choose…
    She was very graceful.
    M.Cho was one of the hilarious moments – it wasn’t dacing but it was funny.
    So called “Ceiling Eyes” was not so bad.
    Bolton, Hasselhoff, Mrs Brady and this muscle from JS – horrible dancers, it was painful to watch them. Palin was stiff. She looked like she could dance fluently but something stopped her. She looked like she has put herself into some strange restraint.
    Her behaviour remind me of Paris Hilton. Why? Beacuse Paris thinks that if she puts on “serious clothes” everyone will forget what she’s done so far.
    Bristol plays innocent while everyone is aware she’s not.
    BTW – the “stars” part is so obviously ridiculous that I’m not even going to comment more on it.

  • rhonda

    these same people on this site who love Moochies big ass are the SAME people calling Bristol fat. she is as cute as can be and she could stand to lose a few pounds, but she did far better than I thought she would. Not a word about the killer on the program.

    Jennifer Grey got a new face, crying over Patrick, talk about pathetic.

    do they send one or two home tonight? Margaret cho should be the first to go, but the homos will support her.

  • rhonda

    jennifer grey starred in one of the biggest dance movies of all time, she doesn’t qualify as a professional. the disney people probably have an investment in a couple of those “stars”, oh wait, disney owns ABC, stupid me, never mind.

  • mona

    @ Avika – Dirty Dancing was filmed 23 ! years ago. She hasn’t learned ballroom dances then.

    From what I heard – Brandy is the one with most dancing experience (ballet, modern and balroom).

  • S*8hallo

    None of these people are “stars” ..they need to change the name of the show to: Dancing with Today’s pop-culture ”

    None of these people appeal to me..not enough to watch.

    At least last season (the 1st time I watched) was more interesting.

    Yuck!

  • well

    the Palin family and their overt racism sickens me – they are unAmerican and a disgrace to our country. Barf.

  • I wonder

    is Bristol going to be a loser and a quitter, just like her mom?

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    …`the funniest part about this season is nobody knows who that fat black kid is, or why he’s on a show for celebrities. everyone keeps asking “who is he?” “how did he get on the show?”, but he was actually pretty good.

  • rhonda

    The fat black kid is a Disney star and he is quite good! How the heck does Bristol Palin qualify as a celebrity?

  • Myrnama

    I think everyone forgets that the DWTS has NEVER had A list “stars” on their show!! So anyone who gets in the news these days is “Star” material by the way the media hounds them!

    Even tho I don’t care for Sarah Palin; and her daughter is famous for what she did as a teen! I thought Bristol did FAR BETTER than Kate Gosselin did in Season 10!!

    Jenifer & Derek have my vote to win so far!!

  • KellStar

    Yeah Kyle Massey was on That’s So Raven which was so popular, that I think it was th first Disney show to be given a spinoff, Corey in the House starring Kyle! I didn’t watch the show and probably won’t but it’s pretty interesting to see he’s doing so well!

  • jack

    as usual the thumbs don’t work

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    @rhonda: …disney actor.. `if he was a star wouldn’t people know his name?! or at leat where he’s from?!? ahahahahaha.. like other disney actors (stars). i’m not knocking him, he did good. he’s just a complete unknown and everyones wondering how he got on the show.

  • Lou

    I agree with #5. Hubby was having a wet dream and trying to keep his back arched or his composer so i couldn’t see. I LMAO. Okay she’s gorgeous my dear hornaay hubs but give me a break sweetbuns…calm down.
    We have been together long enough to be honest about anything.
    We too are not even from the states but he fell for her when he seen her on stage preggers the first night the hatfeful ppl in the USA tried dumping on her mother in utter and complete fear day one.. Why???

    Bristol is adorable , so peaches and cream healthy looking but cmon it is funny watching all of these idiots crapping in their ‘Depends’ ontill the guy who still thginks he is running for prez giving speeches keeps forgetting to get his assss in gear. and start acting like a prez. . Too Funny.
    Srop blaming that last prez. That’s a first and he asked for that wonderful position So don’t bit.ch about it now.. What?? Didn’t he know what he was getting into.. Most other countries think not. The States isn’t what it use to be. It’s embarrassing whatching them kiss China’s assss right of the bat begging to borrow more money and they had to take a lenghty
    embarrassing message from China saying this is it. How about when Obama lied and denied when it was on UTUBE that he did npot bow down
    to the short startured other country. LOL Pressie has lied so much i keep getting is screwups and in what country he once again embarrasses his own company. It’s not asppealing to catch Barry Hussaine in so many lies.. hOW STUPID. How can he forget he is on tape???? Blaming the past prez is another huge embarassment.
    Barry Hussaine Oby begged for thisd position.. Not one of the other presidents who went thru any dsifficult times blamed the past man on bd. Pathetic.

    Back to the fun part.

    We love you Bristol altho from a far away land we will be watching you and i promise to make the guys behave . hahahaha If you were never a dancer you are doing excellent. Will be voting for you sweet thing.

  • Ihateph

    I think the cast is pretty boring this season.. I was looking forward to jennifer grey and thought she did a great job very emotional.. I was surprised by the teen nick kid he was good, and he though I can’t stand the situation I was surprised he sucked so bad I thought he had moves.. then I fast forwarded through the rest

  • Sara B.

    Best performance: Klye Massey
    Best dancer: Jennifer Grey
    Ones to watch: Rick Fox, Audrina Partridge, Brandy, and Bristol Palin (if people can stop hating on her mama and watch Bristol grow as a dancer)

  • Marieme

    She was AWFUL! Awful. But I guess DWTS has its new Kate Gosselin. They seem to be doing whatever they can to keep her on. She got an easy dance, a great song and Mark. Plus the judges treated her with kidgloves! And let’s not ignore the superfluous mentions of her stupid mother. Lol!! It was a stupid choice to have this hick on the show and I hope she leaves soon.

  • boston61

    RepubliKKKans hate gays. They just blocked the DADT repeal. Ironic because Bristol’s dance partner is probably gay. The Palin family are pure EVIL.

  • Pip

    To # 10 @Ms Bar Jolie Gaga:

    @Ms Bar Jolie Gaga:

    You are a jealous pos and an even bigger laugh lol lol

    I got lots of friends who had abortions . Sure their parents had the money to help them keep their child but umm it was just easier not too.

    I am another person not from the USA so neither were my friends who got preggers thru the yrs. But whatdoyaknow It was a cinch going across the USA border to get one.It’s suoer easy to get an abortion in your country.

    So don’t worry if you get knocked up or if your kid does it’s easy peasy in the good ole USA. to get an abortion. Have i said that enough.
    hugs and kissies. to your aborted baby

  • Liz

    Bristol P. is not famous for making bad choices people, She is the daughter of a candidate. The press put her in the limelight, not herself. Maybe they should have addressed the issues at hand & not been so worried about Palin’s private life & her children. It happens with all politicians, so there. At least she is making money by doing something constructive instead of raising her child on welfare. I haven’t seen her pose for playboy yet! She looked pretty darn good out there to me. It takes a lot of gut’s to get on national TV & do this in front of all the haters out there. By the way, one is a star & one is a beginner usually.

  • Sam

    She is not famous for making bad choices people, She is the daughter of a candidate. The press put her in the limelight, not herself. Maybe they should have addressed the issues at hand & not been so worried about Palin’s private life & her children. It happens with all politicians, so there. At least she is making money by doing something constructive instead of raising her child on welfare. I haven’t seen her pose for playboy yet! She looked pretty darn good out there to me. It takes a lot of gut’s to get on national TV & do this in front of all the haters out there. By the way, one is a star & one is a beginner usually.

  • Jamandelli

    I do not understand, why we need to watch twice the dances, one time Monday and one time on Tuesday…

    The Italian version is a lot better!

    “Ballando con Le Stelle”

  • Lia

    @I wonder:

    Bristol Palin is not a quitter. With all that happened last yr she finished school kept her baby got a job and recently got her own apt.
    She’s supposed to be a real down to earth person and super independant. Levi J was her only downfall.

    The chick has no fear Bristol knows she has free will and she is not letting abybody take her down.

    I thought her dancing was great, wasn’t expecting that. WOW!

  • RB

    Bristol is plain white trash, and so is her Mom….they represent all the media hogs of this country who actually think the public cares about them in any way….Wrong!!!! The public is too intelligent to be fooled by this family and their fake morality shoved down our throats….l

  • Jo Jo

    BRISTOL WAS AWESOME!! SHE IS AMAZING AND DESERVES RESPECT AND OUR ATTENTION, SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH MORE AND ENDURED MORE AND CAME OUT AHEAD THEN ANY OTHER TEEN MOM ,,HER PREGNANCY WAS UNFOLDED BEFORE THE WORLD, SHE HANDLED IT LIKE A JACKIE KENNEDY O” , TOTAL CLASS,,
    SHE IS SIMPLY AWESOME.

  • seth

    @Ms Bar Jolie Gaga:

    Nobody gives two shhits whether you watch it or not but i bet my new car you will be sitting there before it comes on waiting to watch it. BWHAHAHAHAHA

    I thought she did great to have never of danced before and not be used to the cameras, etc. You can tell she is shy.. I’m glad Sarah didn’t come..probably would of made her more nervous and this should of been all about Bristol. I don’t see her winning it by any means but I’m pulling for her mainly because I know she will get so much flak JUST for being Sarahs daughter.

    But if you were honest which you are not she is danmm good for not being a dancer.

  • Angel Baby

    Good for you Bristol! Shame on the Libs that bash you just because your last name is palin.
    DISGUSTING!

  • Linda Benks

    What did the situation says to Len to get the comment he got?

  • Whitney

    @Ms Bar Jolie Gaga:

    And for the people who say “who cares” or i won’t be watching it ..obviously you DO. or you wouldn’t be reading the article in the first place, let alone commenting on it. get a life

  • Niklyn

    To all the people that are hating on DWTS… If you don’t like anything about the show then why even comment about it??! That’s why it’s cAlled entertainment!! I thought the show was very entertaining and I am definately gonna keep watching!

  • queen bee

    Brandy and HOT A S S MAKSIM for the WIN!!!!

  • Linda Benks

    So no one knows what “the situation” said??????

  • Whitney

    @gina:

    I was surprised i thought the situation would be one of the best but bad.

    Bristol Palin was so sexy my eyes nearly fell out of my head. she’s gorgeous. Palin worked hard to get past all of the trials and tribulations this yr. But at lest too she kept her child. Most ppl i know do not.
    . Her mother said on the Greta show as Brisrol did herself she doesn’t believe in all of her mothers*******..n She’s on her own with a mind of her own and hopes to use it with a new clarity. Sure looks like she is doing exactly that.
    Jennifer Greys tears for patrick swayze helped her along but she knew it would plus i don’t care how long it’s been since she danced on that show, she is a pro. She didn’t quit dancing b.c the show ended . uhhuh.

    But whatever this is going to be a fun experience. Jennifer Earl expects to win. Possibly she will. but doubtful Palin will but have to look at it in Bristol Palins’ light. It’s all for fun. And what great memories it will be. Bristol didn’t let them tear her down. she rose above it. Good for her.
    Everything she is doing , she is doing it on her own.
    The girl deserves credit. She gets mine.

  • queen bee

    Here Here Niklynn!! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!….Those professional dancers are AMAZING! It’s not easy to do what they do…LIVE…..and having to teach some of these ‘celebrities’ must be quite a task, depending on the temperment of the students. I give them a lot of the credit. the celebrities are just a bonus….

  • Francesca

    How are the professional and dancing contestants paired off. It seems Derek H always gets good contestants.

  • bing bang boom

    @Ihateph:

    LOL Jennifer Greys tears are not dance moves but hey whatever works.

  • zip it

    #24@S*8hallo:

    I hate these ppl who know all the details about the show and have the gaul to come here as well as other celeb bds to talk about DWTS
    and end it with ‘I didn’t watch the show’

    You woud not be here discussing it if you didn’t see it. I have always hated liars. Get Real! Smarten Up Stupid!

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