By People Staff
Updated March 23, 2010 12:00 AM

Kate Gosselin

, who is used to chasing eight little ones around the house and living her life in front of cameras, waltzed outside her comfort zone Monday night, when she stepped into the ballroom to perform on Dancing with the Stars. After her Viennese waltz with pro partner Tony Dovolani, Kate faced the judges:

“The first dance is like your first date — you don’t know what to expect, you want to impress and you’re nervous — and I think that was the stumbling block for you,” Len Goodman told her. “You’ve got to get over that nervousness and just come out and enjoy the experience.”

“The technique was terrible,” Bruno Tonioli said. “You have to learn to perform. Assume a character. It looked like Tony was pushing a shopping cart around the floor.”

“You’re very different than a lot of the other on the show. You’re not a performer. You’re not an athlete, so all of this — every single aspect of it of this — is new to you,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “I really am impressed. There was a sweet vulnerability to what you were doing and an honesty that resonates with .”

Despite the harsh critiques, Kate and Tony earned 16 out of 30 points, putting them ahead, at least, of astronaut Buzz Aldrin and soap star Aiden Turner.

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