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