‘DWTS: All-Stars’: The Painful First Elimination

Pamela Anderson, Tristan MacManus on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC)

On Monday night, most of the “Dancing with the Stars” celebrities proved why they are All-Stars, performing skilled routines that reflected their previous experience.

But Pamela Anderson, who finished sixth in Season 10, faced a tough road and it showed, as she got the performance night’s lowest score, a 17. With most of the other stars scoring in the 20s, was the writing on the wall for Pam and and her partner Tristan MacManus for Tuesday night’s elimination show? I expected so and believed that Bristol Palin, another tentative dancer, would continue to be “DWTS’s” Teflon princess. The only wild thought that ran through my head, however, was that Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya’s partnership wasn’t quite gelling, and they could be in danger as well.

That said, here was how things went down in the ballroom as the first All-Star to was sent packing:

This was going to be a looong elimination show — two whole hours of musical performers and cast members telling us WHY they returned for All-Stars. Host Tom Bergeron interviewed Bristol and her partner Mark Ballas about his training techniques, which was just a boring retread from Monday night. I was relieved that Tom couldn’t get much more out of quiet Bristol than reporters did on the red carpet Monday night! Kelly Monaco said she came back because there was just something special about “DWTS,” then her partner Val Chmerkovskiy was shown telling Kelly in rehearsal that he was half her age! Boos in the press room, as Tom quipped that there was the “Chmerkovskiy charm” coming out. Then Val made it worse by comparing Kelly to a car. Well, if Maks is really serious about quitting the show, his brother Val would be a worthy successor, I guess.

Watch the “DWTS: All-Stars” Week 1 Elimination Below:

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More sharing from the cast about why they returned to “DWTS.” Pam said dance was harder than it looked and she welcomed the challenge. The “Baywatch” star admitted she needed to put in a lot more effort. I couldn’t quite catch what she said — did she say she wanted to be on Broadway and their next dance — if they survived elimination — was going to be a Broadway number? Pam’s a breathless talker!

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson tried to put their old “DWTS” picture up in the hall of fame in a comic moment that fell flat and I already forgot why the musician wanted to come back.

Drew told Tom he was on All-Stars because the show was fun. Very simple. Drew said he was almost as old as Tom now; he hails from Season 2! Apolo Anton Ohno compared “DWTS” to the Olympics in his interview with Tom. Helio Castroneves said he was dancing again because he now has a young daughter to entertain. In practice, his partner Chelsie had a Jessica Simpson moment, asking Helio, who is Brazilian and speaks Portugese, “South Americans speak Spanish?” Loud laughs came in the press room — poor Chelsie!

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Tony Dovolani told Tom he felt like he let Melissa Rycroft down last time around; he could have done more to help her win. Some genuine emotion from Tony; he’s the “DWTS” pro who’s served the longest without winning and appeared to get choked up. A funny segment with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd followed, showing the actor insisting over and over in practice, “I am NOT a dancer.”

Shawn Johnson revealed height is an issue because she’s so short that Derek Hough can’t find her during rehearsal. Kirstie Alley told Maks they weren’t the sexy ones, like Gilles and Peta — so they’d have to be the funny ones.

When the lengthy “Why I’m an All-Star” segment finally ended, the show shared some behind-the-scenes footage from Monday night. Mark was shown telling Bristol, “shake it like you’re never shaken it before” while they danced, and kissing Sarah Palin in the audience afterward.

Catch-up on the “DWTS: All-Stars” Season Premiere:

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“Have fun, smile,” Chelsie told Helio before their “Pride and Joy” foxtrot number. “Nerves are amazing,” the race car driver confided backstage. Later, Pam told Tristan after their dance, “I screwed up so many times.” And how!

So, Drew, Pam, and Bristol were the three “in jeopardy,” as the “DWTS” lingo says. Who would be declared safe of the three? Bristol would live to dance again!

Pam and Drew were Bottom Two. Who would be going home? It was PAM who was sent home! The “Baywatch” babe was washed out. A predictable result, sadly.

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