That’s the way you kick off a season!
On Monday night, Dancing With The Stars kicked off season 23 with one of the most memorable episodes thanks to some AH-Mazing performances and a bit of a scary mishap!
As we’re sure you heard, Ryan Lochte and his partner Cheryl Burke had a terrifying moment when a couple of men wearing anti-Lochte shirts rushed the stage before being intercepted by security. Even though the incident will probably be the most talked about moment from the premiere, there were PLENTY of incredible performances throughout the night too!
One of the best performances of the night was Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez‘s cha-cha with Val Chmerkovskiy as the pro dancer called his partner “spicy” and “an American treasure” before the pair went on to score a 31!
The other couple that earned a top score was James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess as they landed a 31 for their foxtrot! Marilu Henner and her pro Derek Hough and Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko both earned 27s for their respected routines. Unfortunately Amber Rose and her dancing PIC Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn’t do so well as they only nabbed a 24 for their foxtrot. But Rose wasn’t NEARLY as groan-worthy as Vanilla Ice’s cha-cha to HIS OWN SONG Ice Ice Baby. SRSLY? Can we expect Ninja Rap next week?
Of course the performance you’re probably most curious about is Lochte and Burke’s! Well their foxtrot didn’t go over so well as they only earned a 24! Of course the judges’ critique was interrupted by the protesters, but after the commotion, Ryan acted like a true pro as he admitted he was “a little hurt” by the protest but:
“I came out here, and I wanted to do something that I’m completely not comfortable with, and I did, and I came out here with a big smile, and I have the best dance partner.”
Don’t take our word for it though, you can check out all the best performances (below) for yourself:
Laurie and Val:
James and Sharna:
Marilu and Derek:
Jana and Gleb:
Amber and Maks:
Ryan and Cheryl:
Regardless of who you’re rooting for, make sure you catch Dancing With the Stars when it airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC!