Sep. 19, 2011 at 12:15 AM ET
Can't wait for "Dancing's" big premiere on Monday night? Lucky for fans, "Dancing" has released rehearsal footage for each celeb, so why not take an early peek at the stars' abilities -- or total lack thereof -- and make some predictions for the season?
So without further ado, let's get ready to rumba!
Carson Kressley and pro Anna Trebunskaya:
Extra points for the enthusiasm! But he seems easily distracted, which could mean trouble if he can't focus and learn to nail the routines.
Chaz Bono and pro Lacey Schwimmer:
Oooh! The man can shake his groove thang! The footwork is looking a bit spotty, though, and he needs more control in his arms. Judge Bruno Tonioli's going to have something to say about that.
Chynna Phillips and pro Tony Dovolani:
The singer has some seriously lovely form for this early in the game. Her arm movement is graceful, and as Tony points out, she has "beautiful long arms." So what tip does he give her to keep it up? Pretend she's wearing bad deodorant that's burning her armpits. No kidding.
David Arquette and pro Kym Johnson:
Uh oh. It's the return of pancake hands! However, his form looks good, and the man can shake his booty (with a little guidance from Kym)! Add the promising moves with his sense of humor, and he could go far.
Elisabetta Canalis and pro Val Chmerkovskiy:
Oh my. Val is going to give big bro Maks a run for his money. The looks! The voice! The attitude! *swoon* Wait, where was I? Oh, right. Elisabetta. She's pretty, but she seems rather ... stiff. Given that she also used to date People's Sexiest Man Alive champ George Clooney, I'm guessing she isn't going to get much sympathy from viewers, and won't stick around for long. Which means Val won't either. Boo!
Hope Solo and pro Maks Chmerkovskiy:
Hey, Hope. STEP IT UP! Let your competitive spirit shine through and nail the fancy footwork and posture. Keep quiet and pay attention to Maks' instructions. (I understand it's probably difficult to not get lost in those dreamy eyes of his, or faint into his arms.) Seriously, the man deserves to finally win the mirror ball trophy. Be the one to win it for him!
J.R. Martinez and pro Karina Smirnoff:
Wow. The man has grace and form! Like he said in rehearsal, "I'm a brown swan!" Watch out, guys. The war vet and current soap actor could be stiff competition.
Kristin Cavallari and pro Mark Ballas:
Something tells me all eyes may be on the former "Hills' " star's pro partner instead -- until the costume designers get her into the super skimpy outfits. (Better try to make it to week two, girl!) Kristin has nice hip movement, but could definitely use some help with the shimmying -- and also learn to avoid awkward stances.
Nancy Grace and pro Tristan MacManus:
TV host Nancy Grace will have to forget what she's learned of dancing from watching TV if she wants to advance in the ballroom bash. Pro Tristan was not impressed by the moves she displayed -- or her claws.
Ricki Lake and pro Derek Hough:
No fair! Ricki has previous dance experience (she starred in 1988's "Hairspray,") and it's obvious in this rehearsal clip when she breaks out some tap moves. She also scored the most winning pro for her partner, which is yet another unfair advantage. What's up with that, "Dancing" producers?
Rob Kardashian and pro Cheryl Burke:
If the rumors that he's refusing to practice more than two hours a day are true, then this guy's out Week 1. He's lacking in the personality department and the smooth moves. A few words of advice, Rob: 1) Practice, practice, practice! 2) You may want to rethink those neon shoelaces and soles. They're only drawing attention to your lack of footwork.
Ron Artest and pro Peta Murgatroyd:
The pro baller is introducing a new style to the ballroom! B-ball meets the cha-cha-cha, if the man now legally known as Metta World Peace has anything to say about it. He certainly seems like a fun character, but character won't make the judges overlook his awkward moves on the dance floor when it comes time to bust out the scoring paddles.
After all that, it's pretty clear Ricki Lake is the likely frontrunner, though Chynna Phillips, David Arquette and J.R. Martinez could be tough competition as well. As for first to go? See ya, Rob.
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