In case you missed it last night, the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" what else could you have been doing? It's not my favorite show but I'd rather watch it than seeing the Oakland Raiders excute on offense. To fulfill the token athlete for the show they've turned to retired football players. Why sit at a sports desk after you career when you can dance with a hot woman?
Last season, Jerry Rice excelled last season and made it to the final three. He wasn't one of the best technical dancers on the show but America voted him all the way to the top three.
This year Emmitt Smith decides to put on his dancing shoes. To add more pressure, he is paired up with last season's champion Cheryl Burke. She was partners with Drew Lachey (Nick's younger brother).
In the video showing them practice, he showed some dancing potential. (Unlike last season when Master P danced worse than an Oompa Loompa). They came out doing the Cha Cha Cha. Emmitt looking fit and could still run for a 100 yards. From the beginning you could see the enthusiam on his face. He feet moved swiftly. No sign of nervousness. He was Kevin Bacon in "Footloose". Even though his partner looked like she killed Big Bird with her yellow frilly dress, my eyes remained interested in how Emmitt was doing. He was impressive.
After the dance he got the first standing ovation of the night. Host Tom Bergeron mentioned one of the staffers compared watching Emmitt dance in rehersals to "watching her teddy bear dance". If I ever saw a teddy bear get up and dance I'd start doing LSD to make it stop.
The judges were equally impressed
Carrie Ann Inaba said "You are light on your feet, you are all that, and then some."
Len Goodman said "It was a joy."
Bruno Tonioli said "Man, you are the king of effortless cool."
The judges gave them a 24 out of 30 which was the second highest score of the night. Other misfits on the show include Slater from "Saved by the Bell". I know that we would have prefered to see Screech. Plus Slater was engaged to Ali Landry (Doritos girl) but ended up cheating on her and she found out so that rules him as dumb. Screech would never do that. There's also former teen hearthrob, Joey Lawerence and the king of white trailer trash, Jerry Springer. Then there are some people on there I seriously did not know existed.
My prediction for Emmitt? I think he'll make to the top three, just like Jerry Rice did last season. He can dance, has a huge fan base, and is so likeable like a teddy bear.
Another update on Emmitt comes next week assuming he isn't voted off.
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