This lady is the greatest thing since sliced bread. As Bruno said, she has set the bar very high early on. I have watched the show for years, and I don't recall one 9 rating much less two 9's on the first round. ;D
I have not been a big fan of these reality and competition shows because there are just too many of them on US TV and each series seems to have gone on forever. I made an exception for DWS this week only because Katherine was participating and from following her on the cc website, I knew she was a classy lady. She did not disappoint. A splendid performance and she is certainly setting the bar high for this season! I noticed that she has poured her heart and soul into this and this became apparent at the end when the judges were commenting on the performance. She became extremely emotional at the accolades, virtually in tears (of pride and happiness). I will making an exception this year and will follow this show. What will Katherine do next? Can't wait to find out!
We asked each of our stars about the upcoming season, what dance they feared most, their dancing heros and more. Who's here to win and who wants to have a good time?
5 Questions With..... Katherine Jenkins:
1. Why did you want to do the show?
I have a lot of history with the show having sung on the UK version several times (once with Andrea Bocelli), the Polish version and last year on Dancing with the Stars for the classical week. Whilst singing, I've been in prime position to observe the dancing... My admiration has been huge and I can't believe I'm going to be learning to dance myself!
2. Which dance style do you think is most "you"?
Maybe the Waltz... It seems to me to be a dance that looks graceful and effortless but I'm guessing it's a lot harder than it appears. Classical singing is very similar!
3. What do you think is your biggest handicap to overcome if you’re going to win?
Coming from the UK especially to be a contestant on the show means I'll be leaving my family & friends who are a great support to me... Hoping I won't miss them too much & that they'll come to visit & cheer me on!
4. Do you have a "dancing" hero (pro dancer or other dancing star) Are any former DWTS stars an inspiration to you?
From a young age I've been a fan of the films from the golden era of Hollywood. The films of Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire are amongst some of my favorites.
5. Is there a particular dance/dance style that you most fear?
I think I'd have to go for the Argentine Tango as not only does the style seem particularly complex but you also have to give your all to the characterization.
Katherine Jenkins topped the leaderboard in the opening show of 'Dancing with the Stars' last night (19.03.12).
The Welsh opera singer scored 26 out of 30 for her foxtrot with partner Mark Ballas, hailed the 'best first dance on the first episode ever' by judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
Panellist Len Goodman backed up Carrie's comment, reducing Katherine to tears when he told her 'You're setting the bar so high that really you have a lot to live up to.'
Actor Jaleel White and professional partner Kym Johnson emerged as the night's dual frontrunners, after they were also awarded 26 points.
The standard was high across the board for the opening show of the 14th series, with Len saying the show was: 'Without doubt the best first show of any season.'
None of the dancers scored below 20 points, with Cuban-American star William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke taking a respectable 24 for their Cha-cha-cha. Former child star Roshon Fegan, singer Gladys Knight, comedienne Sherri Shepherd and soap actor Jack Wagner all tying in fourth place with 23.
Sherri gave the night some comedy, telling the judges: 'Short of birthing my child, this is the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. 'I think I left a boob on the floor. If somebody finds it, could you give it back to me?'
Singer Gavin DeGraw, tennis star Martina Navratilova and 'Little House on the Prairie' star Melissa Gilbert were at the bottom of the leader board, with 20 points each.
No contestants were eliminated in the opening week, but one couple will be ejected next week after they have tackled either the quickstep or the jive.
Thanks for all the articles! I have read them with great interest! So happy that she's getting such a good reaction! I know American celebrities are usually "larger than life" type personalities, so it's great that the public are resonding well to Katherine.
If I'm honest, I really didn't like her make-up - she looked kind of tangoed in some of her dance, but that's the only issue. I was blown away by her and I can't wait to see her dance next week (and her dress!) x
I read an article that said to audience was way down this year. The gist was that it was a shame that it was because they actually had good dancers this year including Katherine who they called an unknown from England. In the end it is probably better to have an audience of people watching for the talent rather than the controversy/personality driven audiences.