Dancing with the Stars promised a great premiereÂ—and the contestants delivered, most particularly Chynna Phillips. The singer (she's one-third of the group Wilson Phillips) and wife (of actor Billy Baldwin) was a natural, taking on the Viennese waltz in tandem with Tony Dovolani.
Yes, that Tony Dovolani, the guy who put up with the erratic and very bad dancer Kate Gosselin in a past year on the ABC talent show. But this time this ballroom pro landed him a winner-in-the-making on DWTS for season 13.
For starters, these two obviously worked at perfecting their first routine. In fact, this Dancing with the Stars contestant admitted that learning this genre "is a lot harder than singing." Maybe for Chynna, but Phillips is in good hands with Tony Dovolani even if she does say that she had a difficult time during rehearsals.
In fact, one statement made by this very attentive pupil really made this concept resonate. She said, "If my brain doesn't start communicating with my feet, someone is going to get hurt."
But Chynna Phillips didn't have to worry about that, because her brain did start communicating with her feet as she and Tony did a beautiful Viennese waltz to the Alicia Keys anthem, If I Ain't Got You. While they danced, her billowy lavender gown was a sight to behold as the couple floated across the floor while a cloud of dry ice added drama to their routine. Not they needed this extra attention. These two seemed to really enjoy the ride, and the judges, for the most part, noticed.
However, at first, Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman seemed as if he wasn't all that keen on what Chynna contributed to premiere night. He started off his critique by saying, "it wasn't the best dance I've ever seen." But then this tricky Brit added, "...but it was close."
Bruno Tonioli also complimented Phillips, particularly pointing out her wonderful musicality and lyricism. He did say that he noticed "moments of unsteadiness" but then told this lovely lady that "the talent is there, darling."
And it was. Carrie Ann Inaba was in accord, saying that, during her debut dance, this Dancing with the Stars contender had all the right moves (she said they were "perfect") and that Tony's choreography was "beautiful."
What do you think? Take a look here at this Dancing with the Stars premiere performance and then weigh in: Was Chynna Phillips worthy of the season 13 starter show? Will she go on to greatness on DWTS this year? Please weigh in.