Kirstie_Alley_Maks_ChmerkovskiyUnderwhelmed? No, I was appalled when I heard the cast announcement for this season. I’d never even heard of a lot of the “stars,” and the ones I had? Horror.I picked Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio as early jokes of the season. If you’ve watched the show before, you know what I mean. The star — or stars — of the season who are horrible dancers, make a joke of the process, and are kept on way too long for either the drama or ratings. I vowed I would finally give the show up.

Okay, that vow lasted until about five minutes before the season began, when my fingers flipped the switch to ABC and I was once again watching DWTS. I was prepared to switch channels at any time. Well, no channel switching occurred that first night, and I’ve been glued to my TV each show since for the performances. Sure, there are no standouts as in past seasons, no ringers to pick as the winner from the first night. But in a way, that’s made the season more fun for me. Nearly everyone seems to have an honest chance to win.

And Kirstie and Ralph? What a revelation. They’ve been delightful this season. In particular, I’ve loved watching Kirstie and Maks (her partner, and my long-time favorite) interact. This season is fun!

Are you watching this season? If so, do you have a favorite? Who do you think is going to win, and who do you think will be the next to go?

LinnieGayl