Dancing with the Stars Starts Tonight!

Okay, so on to more fun and lighthearted topics… Are you guys as excited as I am about the fourteenth season of Dancing with the Stars?

It all begins in a two hour –premiere tonight at 8 eastern. (Aren’t you glad I didn’t post it in Alaska time, so you don’t have to do the math?) Here are the teams, taken from the DWTS website:

Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd

Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff

Gladys Knight & , Tristan MacManus

Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya

Jaleel White & Kym Johnson

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower

Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy

William Levy & Cheryl Burke

I always pull for Mark Ballas, naturally. This season, my former partner is paired with opera star Katherine Jenkins, who recently took him sightseeing in London. Do you think he loved his time in London more than Wasilla?

Pulling for you, Mark!

Okay, readers. What do you think of the new cast? Who’s your favorite to win it all?

Leave a comment to tell me who you like, who you don’t like, and who you’re pulling for — plus, get weekly updates with the best of my blog!

  • CJ

    Hi Bristol :)
    To be honest, ever since Season 11 it’s been hard to watch the show because you’re not on it and like Georgia, I didn’t like the way you were treated either. You brought a sweetness, humility, honesty and tenacity that cannot be duplicated. Your giggles are contagious and you WERE and ARE positively ADORABLE! I loved the fact that you weren’t “Hollywood.” I loved your positive attitude and the courage it took to embrace the challenge of competing, as a complete entertainment novice, amidst the presence of others who weren’t and guess what? Millions of others loved and admired this too! What an inspiration you are and it was pure joy watching you progress so beautifully week after week under the care and artful tutelage of the very talented Mark Ballas and together, you lit up the stage! It was a precious, memorable, awesome season sparked by a sweet, shy, beautiful, unpretentious, brave young woman of FAITH who brought joy to millions, simply by being BRISTOL! oxo
    To those who have nothing better to do with their lives than to spew rude, hateful and sarcastic comments, please consider how you would feel if your very words were said to you or someone you care about. I don’t think you would appreciate being treated that way, do you? So, why do you do to others what you wouldn’t want done to you or your loved ones? What is so gratifying about wounding another person with venomous comments? Saying them to anyone is bad enough, but to do this to someone who has never treated YOU this way is cruel and inexcusable. When what you do to others returns to you, there is no one to blame but yourselves.

  • Chris

    Totally pulling for Mark and his dance partner. She has a beautiful voice and looks like a pair of dancing feet. It was so sweet to see her nervousness. Just goes to show not everyone is at ease with being in the spotlight.

    • jojo

      Chris, Check out KJ on youtube-she has lots of performing experience. She was just nervous to get “judges” feedfack on live tv.

  • Kathy Berden

    Hi! Loving the new cast for DWTS. Katherine seems like a front runner and I was thrilled with Urkel’s smooth moves. Who is your favorite? Signing off your zamboni friend from Canada. 4biddn – Kathy

  • Kitty

    The best opening night ever! Cant wait to watch everyone again. All danced well & hard to pick just one!!!!! Can’t wait for next week!!

  • http://www.prayerwarriorsforsarahpalin.org/ Irma

    Hi Bristol, I must confess I am cheering for William Levy & Cheryl Burke.
    Have a blessed week.

  • Sara

    Love your spirit, Bristol! The letter to Obama was fantastic. Glad to see you following in your mom’s feisty footsteps! Looking forward to reading more!

    • jojo


  • lynn

    Bristol, Just wanted to tell you that my favorite season was season 11 with you and Mark. I just loved watching the two of you and I would fantasize that the two of you were falling in love. He was a great teacher and you improved week after week. No season has ever compared for me. But, finally I realize that you and Mark are good friends and I wish only the best for both of you. Too early to decide who I am routing for!!! Hugs to you and Tripp! Can’t wait to see your new show!!

  • lynn

    Way to go Georgia!!! Well said! College is not for everyone and many, many people are just as intelligent and successful without getting their degree. Bristol you are an inspiration to all young women out there. How many women your age can say, I’m a single parent, make a good living promoting abstinence, wrote a best selling book, came in third place on DWTS and so much more at the mere age of what 22??? Keep doing what you are doing! I would be proud to call you my daughter. You have more support than you will ever know. Do not doubt that ever!!

  • jojo

    Katherine IS NOT an opera star. She’s cleared that up :) She did however get foxtrot, ballet, and tap lessons at 14, so she’s considered a ringer, and honestly, that’s not fair :( Melissa is a huuuuge LIB and has commented negatively in past about conservatives—not getting my votes either!
    I’ll vote for true beginners like William Levy, Gavin De graw, and Donald Driver!

    Bristol, glad you’re watching dwts agian. I know you said you didn’t watch much of JR’s season….you missed a great journey!

  • Evelyn Waugh

    Bristol, could you explain why you’re the only DWTS contestant who gained weight, and looked pregnant, by the end of the show?