By Mimi Whetstone
After the first round of competition, Dorothy Hamill finds herself in a three-way tie for second place after an exciting night of cha-chas, foxtrots and contemporary dances on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.
Hamill, who performed a contemporary dance to Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” captivated the audience with her signature smile, grace and the poised personality of a true champion.
“It’s a dream come true,” an emotional Hamill said after her performance. “I just want to do the best that I can.”
Setting the scene from the very beginning, Hamill wore a flowing, icy blue dress while she and partner Tristan MacManus took the stage under flurries of snow. Hamill showcased her signature style, a beautiful combination of joy and sophistication, as her performance unfolded with movements polished from extended finger tips to pointed toes.
“It’s a moment that will be known as an era of outstanding beauty,” judge Len Goodman said of the performance.
Echoing Goodman’s sentiments were fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, who described Hamill’s performance as “truly connected and heartfelt,” and Bruno Tonioli, who proclaimed that “the ice queen has melted my heart.”
Heading into next week’s competition, Hamill and MacManus have 21 points, tied with country music star Kellie Pickler and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman on the judges’ leaderboard. At the top of the standings is the show’s youngest-ever competitor, 16-year-old Zendaya, star of the Disney Channel’s hit show “Shake It Up,” with 24 points.
Tied for fourth place are Baltimore Raven Jacoby Jones and actor Ingo Redemacher with 20 points, followed by “Bachelor” star Sean Lowe with 19 points, country singer Wynonna Judd and “Real Housewife” Lisa Vanderpump with 18 points and actor/comedian Andy Dick with 17 points. At the bottom of the leaderboard is actor/comedian/political commentator D.L. Hughley, who earned 12 points.
Next week, Hamill will take on the jive for more viewer votes and judges scores. Following the second round of competition, the judges’ scores and the number of votes will be divided evenly and the star with the lowest combined total will be eliminated from the competition on the Dancing with the Stars Results Show, Tuesday, March 26.
To vote for Team Hamill, call 1-800-868-3409, text “VOTE” to 3409 (AT&T customers only) or vote online at ABC.com and facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. Viewers can vote up to 12 times on each method and voting is open during each performance. Phone lines and text voting will stay open until 60 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Facebook and online voting at ABC.com will remain open until 11 a.m. ET the following day.