Recap: The 'Dancing with the Stars' contestants hit the floor for the first time

Ah, our first introduction to our stars as they trot down the stairs. First thought – some of the stars seem comfortable and have a spring in their step, and some are Rob Kardashian.

Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)

His daughter Diamond asked him to be on the show, and she survived cancer at the age of four so he can wear some silly hats and dance on stage for her. Okay, crap, now I’m rooting for him. He's doing it for his daughter! Who had cancer! C'mon! So what if he changed his name into a bumper sticker! He’ll be doing the cha-cha.

Okay, as touching as his backstory is, he’s not exactly a natural on the dance floor. It’s like watching a giant try to get comfortable in a dollhouse chair. He’s just a big guy, and big guys traditionally have a problem with couple dancing. Still, he looks like he’s having fun and he has some natural performance quality. That’s something, I guess.

The usual suspects are at the judges' table. Len Goodman starts off. He says his footwork was atrocious, all sizzle no sausage. Not his cup of tea. Bruno Tonioli says Ron (Mega) has flair, but his length of bone makes it difficult for him to navigate the technique. Carrie Ann Inaba says he’s eccentric and sexy. But the technique was a big ol’ puddle on the ground. Read More...


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