Dancing with the Stars: Season Three

Hello paso doble fans! I'm Caryn, and I'll be your faithful guide and recapper for the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Can you believe this time-honored tradition of putting celebrities who really have no business being on a dance floor on, well, a dance floor is in its third season? I know I sure can't! Why, it seems like just yesterday that we were watching the rematch dance-off to vindicate the upset of John O'Hurley in season one. Good times, good times. For those of you who haven't caught the fever for Dancing with the Stars, the premise is simple: Pair a celebrity of questionable popularity with a professional dancer; the celeb then learns to dance and the couples perform specific dance styles each week. Throw in three judges of varying temperaments, two overly enthusiastic hosts, behind the scenes footage, pulled muscles, tears, lots and lots of fringe and sequins, open up the phone lines and you've got Dancing with the Stars!

This week's two-hour premier featured the female celebrities showing off their fox trot, while the male stars tried to do their best cha cha cha. I felt that this put the female celebs at a distinct disadvantage, because let's face it, who wouldn't want to watch someone do the cha cha cha over the fox trot? Strangely enough this didn't seem to have too much effect on the judges scoring, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow's results show to see how these two different styles played with the voting audience.

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