Incidentally, for those who’ve heard that this season’s opener was the best ever, that’s no hype. With the exception of Martina Navratilova and Melissa Gilbert, both of whom were stiff and colorless dancers, everyone else ranged from good to really, really good.
I happen to like DWTS, not just because I enjoy watching ballroom dancing, but because I like the trajectory. Over the season, people get better. I find that inspiring. It’s a reminder that we are not stagnant and that, no matter where we are in life, we can still learn and grow. I therefore hold out hope that both Martina and Melissa will prove to be pleasant surprises, even if they only last for the first couple of weeks.