"Already, this season's starting off with a shock," Tom Bergeron said at the beginning of the show.
The "Dancing With the Stars" host alluded to some surprises early Tuesday afternoon when he tweeted his shock about which couples were in the bottom two this first week of eliminations.
He wasn't pretending. The show started off with a surprise. Right off the bat, astronaut Buzz Aldrin was declared safe for another week, while "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson ended up awaiting her fate on the chopping block.
Anderson had been praised Monday for her fox trot, with judge Len Goodman giving her props for "cheeky charm," and Bruno Tonioli admiring the "waves of sensuality" she exuded, and also noting that she was a good dancer.
Aldrin, on the other hand, had the lowest scores of the entire cast.
After nearly an hour of filler (a touching tribute to Haiti, two choreographed dances by the pros featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy's bared abs, and a Beach Boys performance with guest John Stamos), it came down to "Charmed" star Shannen Doherty and mom of eight Kate Gosselin for the last spot in the bottom two.
Doherty acted the opposite of her rumored diva ways, looking hopeful and flashing the camera big smiles. But Gosselin couldn't have appeared more angry and annoyed to be in the bottom two if she tried.
But alas, it was Doherty who joined Anderson. The former "90210" star got the first axing of the season, leaving the blonde bombshell to drench the country with her passionate routines for another week.