Our 'Dancing with the Stars' correspondents Chuck Small and Lenni G will be back on the job for us with recaps throughout Season 12. Chuck starts things off for us with thoughts on tonight's premiere episode.
There hasn't been as much buzz factor going into Season 12 as there had been the previous few seasons. That's not necessarily a problem, as it could refocus attention on what the competitors are learning from the pros, instead of off-stage shenanigans from the likes of Kate Gosselin or Bristol Palin. And with dancer Derek Hough sitting this season out, we can avoid watching the double standards he gets from the judges (excusing his excesses with Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Grey, for example, while calling Maksim or Tony for similar stunts).