Dancing with the Stars kicked off its 14th season on Monday, which brought back memories of our favorite WE tv family contestants: Toni Braxton, Shannen Doherty and … Kendra Wilkinson!
As WE revealed on Wednesday, Kendra is coming to WE tv in a new series, Kendra on Top. The former Girls Next Door star and ex-girlfriend of Hugh Hefner was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars last year (season 12), where she partnered with Louis Van Amstel. She was eliminated in the seventh week.
Braxton Family Values star Toni Braxton appeared in the seventh season of Dancing in 2008, partnering with Alec Mazo. She was eliminated in week five of the competition. Braxton seems to be missing the show or Whitney Houston or both. The night before the season premiere, she tweeted, “I just wanna dance with somebody!” Little sis Trina also shared her thoughts, tweeting, “DWTS needs another Braxton, Im still bitter @ToniBraxton was voted off!!”
Shannen Doherty, who played Prue Halliwell on Charmed and debuts in her new WE tv reality show, Shannen Says, on April 10, was a contestant on the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2010, but she and her partner Mark Ballas were the first couple eliminated. Get to know Doherty all over again as she plans her wedding with the help of David Tutera on WE tv next month.
The 14th season premiere of Dancing is getting buzz for “surprisingly high scores for a first night,” USA Today reports. Family Matters star Jaleel White and opera star Katherine Jenkins tied for the top spot; Jenkins, who is partnering with Doherty’s former partner Mark Ballas, was commended by judge Carrie Ann Inaba for the “best first dance on the first episode ever.”
Little House on the Prairie child star Melissa Gilbert, pop singer Gavin DeGraw and former world No. 1 tennis champ Martina Navratilova were tied at the bottom; other contestants this season include leggy Extra host Maria Menounos (who made headlines for her Fran Drescher-like laugh); singer Gladys Knight; The View co-host Sherri Shepherd; soap star Jack Wagner; Super Bowl champ Donald Driver; Disney star Roshon Fegan; and Cuban hottie William Levy. The first elimination show will take place on March 27.