Dancing With the Stars

Season 5 Episode 1

Episode 501

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 24, 2007 on ABC
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Episode 501
Season Five opens with the first of two nights of performances. Tonight is ladies night as this year's six female celebrities perform either the cheeky Cha Cha or the sophisticated Foxtrot.

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  • Why I watch!

    So far the show is off to a great start and that the show is popular for it's great starts and great finishes most of all. And that glad to see Drew Lachley, a winner of 2006, fill in for Samantha Harris. He also has potential as a host I think. Meanwhile, the dancers got off to a great start. In particular, Jane Seymour who I think if she can keep it up like she did. Will win the whole thing. Wayne Newton, I think has a lot to learn. Sure he may be Mr Vegas, but he needs to really play catch up in order for him to make it on here. But nonetheless, the show is great!moreless
  • Off to a good start

    The introduction of the stars and there partners was very helpful for those who don't know anyone. I have a feeling ( now I know I was right) the model would be the first to go. Mark Cuban will be next to go. This time around the judges will be a little more strict this is ballroom as Len pointed out, the Hip Hop is ok but getting the ballroom part down is the most important in there mind. For everyone at home yes you do have to put on a good show and so far so good. I'm impressed by the newe younger group of dances this should be a great season as time good on.moreless
  • Gotta love it...Yummy Mummy!!!

    Great season openner! Bruno livens every episode with his fantastic, unique one liners. This episode was no different. Yummy Mummy! I've already added it to my lexicon. As for the dancers, I'm pleased to see Kelly Taylor, Mel B, Marie, and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. I'm also really pleased with their performances. It was a great start to what should be a great season. Jennie Garth was just hot on that dance floor and nothing was more endearing than seeing her husband and daughter applaud her on. I'm not a dancing expert so I thought her footwork and moves were great. Marie was indeed graceful. She should stand as a testament to those in their fabulous fifties. Cheetah girl was fantastic too. With her fancy footwork and sharp, crisp dancing, she reminded me a bit of Apollo. She should go far. Anyone see a bit of flirting going on there between her and her dancing partner? Who knows? All else, as mentioned, were great.

    P.S. I also liked seeing Drew Lachey. If I'm honest, I think I'd rather have him there but it'll be nice while it lasts.moreless
  • Season 5 begins with a bang as the ladies come out and show their stuff. Drew Lachey fills in for Samantha Harris. The bar is set high. New and exciting pros pair up with a cast of stars who have wonderful potential for the bet season thus far.moreless

    I was totally blown away. It's obvious that the contestants have studied the past seasons and have set the bar high from the start. To me, each lady gave a good performance right out of the starting gate. I didn't feel like I was watching first timers and the potential for all of these ladies is definitely strong. Even the weakest of them was entertaining. I was riveted to the television. It's difficult to pick a favorite yet, because it's still early, however, Jane Seymour, Sabrina (from the Cheetah Girls) and Marie Osmond are no joke. Can't wait for more. This is going to be a really good season.moreless
  • Great start to the season.

    I must confess, I have caught previous seasons halfway through, so have never witnessed a full competition. After last year's thrilling final weeks, I was interested in checking it out this year, particularly because of the women. There are more familiar faces this year in the women than in the men. And what great choices. Marie Osmond and Jane Seymour were definitely my favourites tonight. They looked great and were so graceful on the dance floor. Jennie Garth did well considering she was the first to dance. Interesting to have another 90210 alumnus in the competition this year. Scary Spice also did well. Maks will teach her a lot. My two least favourites are Miss Cheetah Girl and Miss Maran. Coincidentally, they are the two youngest female competitors. Perhaps some things are just better with age.

    Overall, a great start to the season. Now let's see what the men can do tomorrow.moreless
Helio Castroneves

Helio Castroneves

Season 5 - Celebrity Dancer

Derek Hough

Derek Hough

Professional Dancer

Melanie Brown

Melanie Brown

Season 5 - Celebrity Dancer

Alan Dedicoat

Alan Dedicoat


Jonathan Roberts (II)

Jonathan Roberts (II)

Professional Dancer

Sabrina Bryan

Sabrina Bryan

Season 5 - Celebrity Dancer

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Professional dancers Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya are husband and wife in real life.

    • Season 5 of DWTS has something unique. Two of the dancers, newcomer Derek Hough and Season 4 winner Julianne Hough, are brother and sister, they have also been professional dance partners in past competions. The other newcomer, Mark Ballas, has been Julianne Hough's professional dance partner in competitions as well.

    • Ladies stats

      Melanie Brown 5' 5" age 32
      Sabrina Bryan 5' 4" age 23
      Jennie Garth 5' 5" age 36
      Josie Maran 5' 7" age 29
      Marie Osmond 5' 5" age 48
      Jane Seymour 5' 4" age 56

      Gentlemens stats:
      Helio Castroneves 5' 5" age 33
      Mark Cuban 6' 3" age 50
      Cameron Mathison 6' 1" age 38
      Floyd Mayweather 5' 8" age 30
      Wayne Newton 6' 2" age 65
      Albert Reed 6' 2" age 22

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Judges comments after Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas' Cha Cha)
      Bruno Tonioli: Sabrina. You are a bewitching, blonde dynamo! Your footwork had almost surgical precision.
      Carrie Ann Inaba: You were fierce! I've never, ever, ever seen anyone do a Cha Cha like that on the show!
      Len Goodman: I don't wanna see hip-hop, so for that I'm going to have to knock you off a few points.

    • Marie Osmond: (talking about her strategy to win) How am I gonna win this? 25 million viewers... 22 million of those: Osmonds.

    • Alec Mazo: Josie is deceptively unfit! Her legs are like jello.

    • Tom Bergeron: The judges all agreed on something. What a Kodak moment that was!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Leaderboard for Week 1 for the Women:

      26 - Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas
      24 - Melanie Brown & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Jane Seymour & Tony Dovolani
      21 - Jennie Garth & Derek Hough, Marie Osmond & Jonathan Roberts
      16 - Josie Maran & Alec Mazo

    • Dances, Music and Scores - Week 1

      Jennie & Derek - Cha Cha
      "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel
      Carrie Ann...7, Len...7, Bruno...7
      Score: 21

      Josie & Alec - Foxtrot
      "Walkin' My Baby Back" by Nat King Cole
      Carrie Ann...6, Len...5, Bruno...5
      Score: 16

      Sabrina & Mark - Cha Cha
      "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls
      Carrie Ann...9, Len...8, Bruno...9
      Score: 26

      Marie & Jonathon - Foxtrot
      "I Hear A Symphony" by Diana Ross
      Carrie Ann...7, Len...7, Bruno...7
      Score: 21

      Melanie & Maksim - Cha Cha
      "A Deeper Love" by Aretha Franklin
      Carrie Ann...8, Len...8, Bruno...8
      Score: 24

      Jane & Tony - Foxtrot
      "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" by Eartha Kitt
      Carrie Ann...8, Len...8, Bruno...8
      Score: 24

    • Professional dancers Julianne Hough, Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Alec Mazo, Mark Ballas, and Derek Hough perform a special group number to Barry Manilow's "Dancin' Fool."

    • This year's celebrity dancer and their partners are:

      Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
      Cameron Mathison and Edyta Sliwinska
      Floyd Mayweather and Karina Smirnoff
      Albert Reed and Anna Trebunskaya
      Marie Osmond and Jonathan Roberts
      Wayne Newton and Cheryl Burke
      Mark Cuban and Kym Johnson
      Melanie Brown and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
      Jane Seymour and Tony Dovolani
      Josie Maran and Alec Mazo
      Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas
      Jennie Garth and Derek Hough