September 25th, 2012
10:15 AM ET

'All-Stars' take the stage as 'DWTS' returns

With increased competition from rival networks on Monday and Tuesday nights, ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was looking to revive a strong but aging competition show. Enter the "All-Stars."

Thirteen fan favorites from seasons past, including six former champions, returned to the stage Monday night for the first "DWTS: All-Stars" tournament.

Cha-chas and foxtrots were the routines of choice on Monday, with Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke topping everyone with a score of 24.5 out of 30.

Yes, Emmitt and Cheryl got a non-rounded score, as did six other couples.  Judge Len Goodman announced that this season's judging will be so tough, the panel will be using a "half-point" scoring system. Perhaps this new mathematical element qualifies "DWTS" as educational TV.

Several of the couples talked with CNN after the show, so check out the video above to hear what they had to say about their performances and returning to "DWTS."

What did you think of the premiere, and who should be eliminated tonight?

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Gigi

    Plain has to go no ritim at all. she is a bad dancer.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Geoff

    Cheryl Burke should win no matter whether her partner is Emmitt or Bozo the Clown. She's got the best legs, best smile, best boobs, and best butt. Even penguins are envious of how she looks.

    October 1, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cad

    What is with Justin Biebers pants? He kept grabbing his crotch like he had something in his pants that was going to fall out. Bad choice of outfit.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rakhil Dolgorukov Tepes Sharkey

    Why is Bristol Palin on this show? She and her family need to go home.

    September 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • m.

      I agree ... the daughter of a high profile conservative Republican does not stand a chance of winning anything in Hollywood, regardless how well she can dance. Gotta give her credit for having the guts to try, though.

      October 2, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Renie

    pam anderson should go home tonight

    September 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nancy

    I think last night was boring!!! Last season was fantastic!! Not much talent last night Pam Anderson should go home!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nancy

    I didn't watch when Pamela Anderson was on the first time.I can only think of two reasons shes back. Yuk!!!!!!!!
    Hopefully she'll be gone tonight.
    I want Kelly Monoco to win.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stop the scripts...

    its all the same stuff.

    September 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ml

    Pam,Kirstie,and Bristol all suck. I wish the judges would stop kissing the athletes butts. Technically Emmit was not the best dancer,he just gives good face. The judges always love the olmpians and football players...wish people that already won didnt come back....They have a lot of fans includidng the judges...we get it.

    September 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sjp

    Bristol has to GO!

    September 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sunshine 916

    I still feel that the past winners should not be allowed to compete again, It should be between the 2nd place duos to be able to win this time..........

    September 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Xanadu

    he is hot..mmmmmmmm

    September 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tonya

    mmmm max he is so hot mmmmmmm

    September 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Xanadu

    i love being curious about a dance with someone.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    I am s long time fan of DWTS, but quite frankly I found it quite boring last night, It is more fun to watch someone
    who never danced and see them get better week to week, Hey, Just my opinion, but for a few everyone looked the

    September 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • yoda

      IIf you find it boring, stop watching...simple solution....but millions love the show with the past dancers brought go with the flow or just blow..

      September 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      i absolutely agree, mary!

      September 28, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  16. same thing

    dead battery

    September 25, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. Teresa

    Pam must have been drunk or high, I don't know but she looked both!! She only got to come back to draw the male viewers. Poor choice!!

    September 25, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda Palmer

      Yeah, what was up with Pam. She just seemed strange.

      September 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      I agree, Pamela Anderson was messed up on something. The way she kept pushing her hair and touching her face and arms, like she was "skitzen". !!! Take her off, please!!!!!

      September 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LucyRicardo

      I think she is gone after the results show tonight. She was the weakest of the dancers and it's too bad because I think she danced much better when she was on the show previously.

      September 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tallulah bankhead

    Get RID of Bristle Palin. No talent and keeps getting a pass from the judges. Melissa R. Another wasted contestant. Plus poor Pam. Love Tristan tho. These three should not have been invited back.

    September 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      And who are you to be able to say who should be invited back or not...if you do not like it, dont watch the show....many many people like these contestants including Bristol Palin, Kirstie Alley and Pamela Anderson...if you do not like it, too bad.....stop your incessant sound like a jealous , catty selfcentered unhappy person......

      September 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Lessons

    You should also try to be in good shape for your "dance coach"

    September 25, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  20. GreatBunBun

    when you choose the partner you want to "start dancing" with again the dancers have to be in good shape

    September 25, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  21. Melissa

    Bristol Palin is the best dancer on the show. She is awesome.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chirelle

    The Palin girl can dance! She has style and class. Plus a very tallented dancer. I hope she wins this season.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  23. Analystgirl

    The bottom two are already clear. Pamela Anderson (as much as I like her partner) is almost as bad as that poor Palin girl who kept insisting she had confidence would fix her two left feet. Let them both go, lord have mercy they are bad!

    September 25, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Obema

      and if those two are not eliminated I hope you eat your words...and stop with the stupid predictions.........

      September 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • LHarper

      I love it when blindly adoring Palin-lovers get all upset...

      September 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Fantastic Dancer

    love derek. he's won about 5 trophys.

    September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ArtVandolay

      They keep giving him good dancers as partners. Lets see prissy-boy do something with a partner like: Bristol, Kirstie, Kate Goselin, Nancy Grace. Noooooo, he never gets a tough partner. Never.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

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