Ralph Macchio just swept the legs of the competition. After the Dancing With the Stars Season 12 premiere, the baby-faced Karate Kid star inched out Kirstie Alley to top the leaderboard. That means in the pro vs. pro battle, it’s formerly engaged couple Karina Smirnoff vs. Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Hot! The judges gave Ralph a full 11 points more than “Psycho Mike” Catherwood, whose self-deprecating humor and habit of disrobing couldn’t save him from the bottom of the leaderboard with a measly 13 points of out of 30. Ouch!
Read on for a full recap of the solid and sexy season premiere:
1. Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas (Team Kanenball) — Foxtrot to “King Of Anything” by Sara Bareilles — The judges called them a young, fresh couple with a lot of appeal. However, Len Goodman thought their dance went from Peter, Paul and Mary to the Black Eyed Peas. Bruno Tonioli said Chelsea started and ended on her back and in between was a minute-and-a-half of pure afterglow. (Naughty Bruno!) Carrie Ann Inaba said Chelsea has a lack of connection in her body and she wants her to pull it all together. Scores: 7 (Carrie Ann), 7 (Len), 7 (Bruno) = 21 out of 30.
2. Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani (Team MY TONY how you dancing) — Cha-Cha-Cha to “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan — Wendy didn’t even know who Tony was, which shows she isn’t exactly a longtime fan of the show. But she started crying right away in rehearsals, since that’s how she releases stress. Her routine was timid and the judges said they want to see more of her fiery personality. Carrie Ann said “You need to unleash the beast.” Len did appreciate how she had her “dumplings boiling over” (Naughty Len!) but he, too, wanted to see her let loose. Scores: 5, 4, 5 = 14 out of 30.
3. Hines Ward & Kym Johnson (Team HineKym) — Cha-Cha-Cha to "Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida — Hines had tons of confident energy and the judges loved it. Carrie Ann called it “the sparkliest Cha-Cha I’ve ever seen.” She said his smile lights up the stage. Len said his bottom is the tops. Bruno called Hines light-footed, with natural performance power, but suggested he work on his posture. Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30.
4. Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin (Team Dmitra) — Foxtrot to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones — Petra is a survivor of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and she dedicated her Foxtrot to Japan survivors. Len thought her routine had a charm, grace, and elegance about it but he wants her to work on her posture. Bruno says there were moments of extreme beauty but she has to link her movements better. Carrie Ann said she’s absolutely stunning and there’s a natural grace that comes out of her, but there were some off moments. Scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30.
5. Romeo & Chelsie Hightower (Team RomeTower) — Cha-Cha-Cha to "Romeo" by Basement Jaxx — He’s worried about looking goofy, or even feminine, in front of everyone. Bruno said he was vibrant, playful and energetic, but still messy and flat-footed. Carrie Ann said he has sex appeal for days, but he needs better posture. She sees tons of potential. Len said because he attacked the dance, it felt a bit casual and carefree. He has the performance part down, now he has to work on technique. Scores: 7, 6, 6 = 19 out of 30.
6. Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunsakaya (Team Sugar & Spice) — Foxtrot to "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News — He’s really hard on himself and almost cried with frustration in rehearsals. Carrie Ann said Ray is obviously going to be a fan favorite because he lights up the dance floor, but he needs to work on his posture. Len said the Foxtrot is supposed to be fine wine and caviar, but his was beer and pizza. Bruno said when he gets into hold, “Sugar” turns into a Ninja Turtle. Scores: 6, 5, 6 = 17 out of 30.
7. Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel (Team Kendra n' Louis) — Cha-Cha-Cha to "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland — Len said Kendra held his interest from start to finish, but not always for the right reasons. She has to work on her body from the waist down. Bruno says she can strut her stuff, but her routine was not clean. Carrie Ann said she loves Kendra’s spunk and she applauds her for not missing a step through tough choreography. Scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30.
8. Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff (Team Kamacchio) — Foxtrot to "Ain't That A Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin — The audience was on their feet after this one. Bruno said Ralph had great showmanship and performed a great routine, but he has “creepy hands.” Carrie Ann said the routine was truly gorgeous and Ralph has such elegant in his hold, but she agreed that he was a bit wonky in the hands. Len said Ralph has great potential, even if he’s a bit rough around the edges. “The best Foxtrot tonight,” Len said. Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30.
9. Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke (Team Chericho) — Cha-Cha-Cha to "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by The Clash — The audience screamed in support while his rehearsal package played. Carrie Ann said his routine “was kind of like a Chippendales Cha-Cha." She wanted more content in the dances because she thinks Chris can do more. Len thinks his hips were allergic to music, but he liked the energy and fun of it. Bruno called him "the dancing beast." It was sometimes unsteady and messy, but always entertaining. Scores: 7, 6, 6 = 19 out of 30.
10. Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer (Team Schwimmerwood) — Foxtrot to "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner — His self-deprecating sense of humor and good looks should help him overcome being the least famous of the contestants … as well as a not-so-natural dancer. Len said Mike did move and there was music, but there was very little dance quality. He needs to come back and do a good Jive. Bruno said the Foxtrot is a smooth dance and should glide, but Mike's dance was ungainly and uncoordinated. Occasionally he looked constipated. Carrie Ann said Mike is a little jerky, but he kept up. Scores: 5, 4, 4 = 13 out of 30.
11. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Team G-Mak) — Cha-Cha-Cha to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green — Bruno said we’re just scratching at the surface of what Kirstie can do. Her foot placement was the best of the night. Carrie Ann can't believe she's over 40. (She's 60.) It had sizzle. It was great. Len said it was fun and cheeky and had a feel-good factor. Scores: 8, 7, 8 = 23 out of 30.