Just to see if anyone else was watching tonight.
Tonight the six female contestants danced with their ballroom pro partners. Most of the women have some kind of "story" to them and don't simply fall into the category of being young hot beauties. The exception might be Shannon Elizabeth, though one could argue that she's been around long enough and has enough working credits that she's an established name and more than just a young hottie.
FWIW, in past seasons DWTS used to include young blonde bombshells in the line-up of female participants, but they always seemed to get voted off in the first couple weeks (presumably because housewives are a big part of the voting audience and they don't really relate to the young blonde actresses.) Season 4 in particular stood out when the first three contestants voted off the show were supermodel Paulina Porizkova, Miss USA Shandi Finnessey, and blonde beauty talk show host Leeza Gibbons.
As a result, on Season 5 DWTS included a lot of female contestants with strong acting credits or a unique "story" or a strong music/dancing background, and that considerably leveled the playing field. The first contestant voted off was the lone supermodel (Josie Maran), but the next three contestants voted off were men.
This season (Season 6), the women all have pretty strong "stories" for the most part. Also, none of the contestants will be voted off until the second week, presumably to allow the contestants to appear more than once on-stage and try to gain some traction with the audience before the first eliminations. On the second week the female and male contestants will be judged as two separate groups and one contestant from each group will be voted off.
Anyway, that's some background on the selection of the female contestants, in case anyone is interested.