Dancing With The Stars Premiere Recap: They Can Dance!!!
This is going to be a fantastic season! We can feel it!
Dancing with the Stars‘ 10th anniversary kicked off on Monday night, and what people were most impressed by is that most of the contestants can actually dance! And even though no one got any 9s or 10s, we have high hopes for their futures.
Here’s how things went:
Hunger Games actress Willow Shields and Mark Ballas kicked things off with a cha cha that totally impressed the judges! As Len Goodman put it, “Like a glass of Alka-Seltzer ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ refreshing and makes you feel good.” They ended up with a 25/40.
Following up the 14-year-old was Shark Tank‘s Robert Herjavec with Kym Johnson. Getting handsy with his partner during a cha cha, the dance left Julianne Hough “completely blown away.” And Carrie Ann Inaba remarked that “It’s not easy to come after a 14-year-old and exude youth.” The judges gave them a 28/40.
Glee star Riker Lynch and his partner Allison Holker took the stage next for an upbeat jive to What I Like About You. The Houghs’ cousin even used his guitar in the performance, which got them the second highest score of the night with 31/40.
The guys were all happy when model Charlotte McKinney took the stage with Keo Motsepe. It was a lackluster performance, with McKinney notably looking uncomfortable at times. We’re sure she’ll find her stride though. They got a 22/40, tying for the lowest score of the night.
The queen of the mic, Patti LaBelle, also tried to be the belle of the ball with Artem Chigvintsev. The duo performed a foxtrot to Lady Marmalade, which resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd! The 70-year-old got a 25/40.
Next up was Chris Soules and Witney Carson, and despite all of the dancing around questions that he did on the Bachelor, Chris’ jive was a little off. Bruno Tonioli analyzed, “Rough, rugged yet totally charming.” When it was all over, they got a 26/40.
One of the most anticipated contestants of the night, Michael Sam, joined Peta Murgatroyd, but the dance to Uptown Funk didn’t impress anyone, with Goodman saying, “Your footwork is atrocious.” He was also accused of forcing his smile! If there’s anything we know about Michael, it’s that he’s a fighter, so he’ll step it up next week. This duo also got a 26/40.
Then, it was time for Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough to take the stage, and the Olympian gymnast foxtrotted just enough to slide into third place with a 30/40 without tons of frills, just good dancing.
He’s sexy and he knows it, but his dancing├óΓé¼┬ª not so much. After Redfoo‘s first cha cha with Emma Slater, the rapper was evaluated as “like your hair ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ a little wild and unkempt.” Ouch! They tied for the lowest score of the night, with 22/40, and many thought that this pair would be the first to go.
Army vet and amputee Noah Galloway had his work cut out for him, and so did partner Sharna Burgess! She called it “the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced.” And despite the judges being super impressed, they only gave the pair a 26/40.
Helping bring the show to a close, Suzanne Somers and partner Tony Dovolani cha cha-ed with the help of Olivia Newton-John‘s Physical. The exercise enthusiast impressed the judges just enough to get a 25/40.
Bringing up the back of the pack and closing out the show was Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Rumer’s parents Bruce Willis and Demi Moore were in the audience, along with her sisters Tallulah and Scout. The hot couple did the foxtrot so well that they got the highest score of the night with 32/40!
Next Monday is when we’ll see who didn’t make the cut.