Shawn Johnson is one of the All Stars on “Dancing With the Stars” this season who didn’t get paired with her original partner. In her case, Mark Ballas was paired with another former amateur he had partnered before, Bristol Palin. Shawn got paired with Derek Hough. And we think she came out the winner.

Nothing against Mark Ballas, but Derek Hough partnered Shawn Johnson beautifully during the premiere episode. They danced a fox trot that was not Len’s favorite, but Carrie Ann says of the dance, “That is what all-star season is all about. Fabulous.”

Shawn and Derek received a 6.5 from Len, a 7.5 from Bruno and an 8 from Carrie Ann for a total of 22 out of 30, one of the higher scores of the night.

What did you think of Shawn and Derek as partners?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."