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March 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Update: Annie’s recap is live! And so are the Hidden Gems of Week 1!

Twelve i’s for 12 seasons, right?! Oh, dear Lord (Mirrorballus). Welcome back, DANCMSTRs, to another round of ballroom hysteria! Chat about tonight’s two-hour premiere during and after the show, then come back later for Lynette Rice’s on-the-scene interviews with the cast and my full episode recap!

Note: There’s no need to watch all those pesky commercials about life support machines and the prescription meds you aren’t really sure you should even be taking. Why put yourself through it? Instead, click through my preliminary ranking of the 11 season 12 contestants — based purely on the poses, facial expressions, and outfits from the ABC promo photos. I like to call this “the scientific method.” For now, it works. Next week: Totally different story.

And as always, nominate your Hidden Gems of the Week in the comments!

XOXO,’s Fringe Fairy

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