If you think the "Dancing with the Stars" all-stars season is going to be a big ol' dose of déjà vu, think again. The show kicked off on Monday with a star-studded bang -- and a few big surprises!
While there was still the obligatory showcase of sequins and spray tans, check out the biggest surprises on the "DWTS" all-stars premiere.
New scoring paddles
First up, the all-important scoring paddles got a makeover! The judges can now give half points, and yes, the new paddles got a workout on night one. More than half of the contestants ended up with total scores that had half point increments. The highest: Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, with 24.5 points. The lowest: Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus, with a total score of 17points that included two scores of only 5.5.
Speaking of Pamela Anderson's lowly score, it didn't come without harsh judges' commentary. "There wasn't enough work there for me to praise you," Bruno Tonioli growled to this season's self-described underdog. The usually confident ex-"Baywatch" actress seemed to take the criticism of her cha-cha especially hard, with several camera shots panning to her pouting face throughout the show.
Carrie Ann gets cut off
Give Tom Bergeron an Emmy and he loses all sense of social decency! The esteemed "DWTS" emcee and newest Reality TV Host Emmy winner inadvertently cut off Carrie Ann Inaba as she was critiquing contestant Joey Fatone. Carrie Ann called Bergeron out, and inquiring minds still want to know why she only gave Fatone a 6.5!
Bristol's a pistol
This ain't no tea party! A svelte Bristol Palin was back with partner Mark Ballas -- and he was instructing her to shake her booty. The judges liked the more confident Bristol, but her new look was still a surprise for viewers who didn't catch her recently-canceled reality show, "Life's a Tripp." Up next: Ballas has plans for Bristol to bring sexy back.
Gilles is compared to Jon?
Carrie Ann Inaba sometimes gets carried away with her commentary, but this one is still a head scratcher. When a dashing Gilles Marini swept pro partner Peta Murgatroyd off her feet for a classy foxtrot, the couple scored 24 points. But for some reason, Carrie Ann told the French actor: "Jon Hamm didn't win last night because Gilles Marini had to come out and win it tonight." Huh? What does the "Mad Men" star's lack of an Emmy have to do with Gilles and his foxtrot? And how does she explain Damian Lewis's win?
A kiss is worth a thousand words
And finally, while it's no surprise that Kirstie Alley was outrageous, what was a surprise was her extended lip lock with….Tom Bergeron? Forget the judges' scores on her foxtrot with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy. (Okay, they got a 19.) Kirstie was much more interested in rewarding the "DWTS" host for his Emmy win. The full-on smooch had a flustered Bergeron feigning a cigarette smoke afterwards.
The "Dancing With the Stars" results show airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC.
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