#DWTS420: Tommy Chong Dances With the Stars, Week 1

Tommy Chong made his debut on Dancing With the Stars on Sept. 15. He and his partner Peta Murgatroyd performed to the tune of Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot." They earned a 27-point score, good enough to move on to Week 2.

Prior to their first routine, Chong and Murgatroyd stood on stage in green outfits and he did his trademark fake toke. In the introductory video, Chong arrived in a hot-boxed van at Murgatroyd's rehearsal studio.

"I'm Tommy Chong," he explained. "Comedian, actor, dirctor and the original stoner." Next, they showed a scene from Next Movie, where he lights up and the car blows up.

#DWTS420: Tommy Chong and Petra Murgatroyd.

"Tommy's best asset is his character," Murgatroyd maintained. "Everyone's going to fall in love with him."

Back on stage, Chong was now accompanied by his comedy partner Cheech Marin in a low rider. When he stepped out of the car, the minute-long dance with Murgatroyd began.

Afterwards, all the judges gushed. Julianne Hough called him "extremely sexy."

Co-host Tom Bergeron joked that Chong looked like "the most interesting man in the world."

"The most interesting stoner," Chong corrected him.

"You have the moves like nobody's business," Hough continued. "You're like Rico Suave."

Bruno Tonioli said Chong wasn't Bad Grandpa - "you're Cool Grandpa!"

"That was fantastic," Carrie Ann Inoba raved. "You killed it!"

The judges gave them 27 points (out of 40). Combined with the fan vote, they were rated "safe"and told they would appear in Round 2.

Before the show, the 76-year-old CelebStoner joked, "I'm on hiatus. I think it's gonna help, because if I'm on pot I'll be doing the couch move, where you're just laid out. The joints are getting oiled. I'm talking about my body joints."

He implored fans to vote for him. "I need votes to promote the Smoking lifestyle," Chong said. "Remember, a vote for me is a vote for weed."

Here's the Week 1 tally:

1. Alfonso Ribeiro 36
2. Sadie Robertson 34
3. (tie) Lea Thompson 32, Bethany Mota 32
4. Randy Couture 31
5. Jonathan Bennett 30
6. (tie) Janel Parrish 29, Tavis Smiley 29
7. Tommy Chong 27
8. (tie) Michael Waltrip 25, Antonio Sabato Jr. 25
9. Lolo Jones 22
10. Betsey Johnson 20

To vote for Tommy Chong, call 1-800-868-3413, 1-800-VOTE4-13. Phone votes end an hour after the show's over. Online voting via ABC and Facebook goes for 15 hours, until 11 am ET Tuesday. You can vote a total of 13 times.

Tune in Mon., Sept. 22 at 8 pm ET on ABC for Round 2.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.