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'Dancing with the Stars' opens soft; D.L. Hughley gone (already)

Aly Raisman, gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast who left

Aly Raisman, gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast who left the London Games last summer with three medals, the most of any American gymnast, will see if she can come up to the record of her fellow Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, who won the 8th season of "Dancing." (Credit: AP)

Confirming what many fans already knew -- and  "Dancing with the Stars" almost certainly did as well -- ABC's biggest hit opened soft with one of the weakest opening nights in terms of scores in a number of seasons. But who saw the rout of D.L. Hughley coming this soon? He's all but gone tonight after the judges slammed him and partner Cheryl Burke (Cheryl?!) with a total score of 12 for a woeful opening cha-cha. (But was it that woeful?) No single celebrity dancer has opened with such a lousy number since the fall of 2008, when Jeffrey Ross scored a 12 and was gone the next night. Hughley almost doesn't even have to show up tonight.

As expected, the leaders last night were the ones everyone figured would be the leaders:  Zendaya (she's done music videos and has plenty of dance experience coming into this), Aly Raisman, Dorothy Hamill and Kellie Pickler.

But seriously, you could almost hear the judges off-camera, "what sort of mess have we gotten ourselves into?" ABC needs a strong outing this season from "DWTS" to at least douse widespread industry assumptions that the old girl has seen better days and may never see them again . . . while the steamroller known as "The Voice" arrives shortly. Next Monday, to be exact, while the show just last night announced a pair of two hour Tuesday telecasts in late April and early May (in time for sweeps.)  

Under any circumstances, this was a very disappointing night as far as dancer quality was concerned. D.L. will be gone by next week, but that doesn't mean everyone else doesn't need a tremendous amount of work in the meantime -- they all do.

Here's the full D.L. clip. His stomp begins at about 1:30.

Tags: d.l.hughley , dancing with the stars , kellie pickler , aly raisman , the voice , dorothy hamill , wynonna judd

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