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With September comes the apple harvest, Burning Man, and another season of Dancing With the Stars. But you can only catch Rhoda, Bill Nye The Science Guy, and not one but two Saved by the Bell vets at one of them. Sadly, it's not Burning Man. Last night, 12 B-listers and their professional dance partners took to the ballroom floor to kick off season 17, which features Elizabeth Berkley, Corbin Bleu, Brant Daugherty, Bill Engvall, Valerie Harper, Keyshawn Johnson, Christina Milian, Bill Nye, Jack Osbourne, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Leah Remini, and Amber Riley. Were you too busy watching the Sleepy Hollow premiere instead? Catch up with some highlights from the new season:
-Amber Riley was the clear frontrunner, no doubt due to her dance training on Glee. Judge Bruno Tolioli called her the "tigress of season 17."
-Bill Nye, unfortunately but also unsurprisingly, pulled in the lowest scores of the evening for his cha-cha with partner Tyne Stecklein. The irony of it? He was dancing to "Weird Science."
-High School Musical star Corbin Bleu and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff tied scores in the contemporary category with high school drama queen Elizabeth Berkeley, who danced with Val Chmerkovskiy.
-Valerie Harper, who some of us are old enough to remember as Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and her partner Tristan MacManus brought down the house with their foxtrot. Harper, who was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, was in high-enough spirits to joke about her ailment: "Not the cancer, but my sore knee."
-Snooki was there, and now she wants to be called Nicole. Judge Tom Bergeron suggested on a compromise: "Snicole." And henceforth shall she be known. (USA Today)