Chaz Bono's 'Dancing' Debut? Not Bad...Not Bad At All - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Chaz Bono's 'Dancing' Debut? Not Bad...Not Bad At All

MSNBC.COM - The ballroom opened up for business once again Monday night as the 13th season of "Dancing With the Stars" premiered, and if Night One was anything to go by, the top contenders and the space wasters are already easy to spot — unless one happened to be looking at the scoreboard.

Yes, as it's often been the case in the past, the numbers on the judges paddles didn't exactly line up with the fancy footwork on the floor. Need an example? Just look no farther than the numbers earned by the man responsible for most of "Dancing's" pre-season headlines, Chaz Bono.

The author and transgender activist took the floor alongside pro Lacey Schwimmer, and despite voicing concerns about his age and weight, put on an impressive (at least for a first effort) cha-cha.

What was striking about Bono's main moves, compared to those of many others Monday night, was that he actually mastered the footwork. The routine was far from flawless, and he could us some work on arm lines and endurance, but his feet were steps ahead of the competition.

The judges thought so, too, with head judge Len Goodman praising Bono's "good footwork and great attitude," and Carrie Ann Inaba cheering, "You can dance!" At least that's what they said.

Moments later, their paddles said something else entirely with a 5 and 6 respectively (and another 6 from Bruno Tonioli). What happened between the praise and the points? Who knows? But it wasn't the only time it happened during the evening.

Another strong freshman dance came from fashion guru and TV host Carson Kressley, a man Bono and the night's other top hoofers hopefuls — Chynna Phillips and Ricki Lake — should watch out for. What Kressley lacks in refined technique, he more than makes up for in absolute entertainment. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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