The biggest dance party on the planet is back with the Season Premiere of Dancing with the Stars! Head judge Len Goodman makes his triumphant return as 12 teams take the ballroom by storm in the quest for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Which stars shined on opening night? Let’s find out right here, right now!
Kim Fields & Sasha Farber performed a Cha Cha to “Sax” by Fleur East. Len thought the routine was crisp and sharp, but Kim needs to work the hips more. Bruno agreed, adding that she needs to concentrate on the footwork. Carrie Ann liked Kim’s “fierceness in a tiny package,” but warned her not to rush things. The team kicked off the evening with scores of 7-6-7.
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas performed a Foxtrot to “Ain't Got Far To Go” by Jess Glynne. Paige got a little emotional after her dance admitting that she cries after every fight, too. Bruno thought Paige was swirling like a kite in a headwind, but she was lacking a bit of control. Carrie Ann disagreed wanting her to let go a little more. Len felt Paige did a terrific job for her first time out of the gate. The team scored triple 7s from the judges.
Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff did the Foxtrot to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. They play that song a lot at Fenway Park. Makes sense that Doug would feel at home with this tune, as he dedicates his dance to good people of New England. Carrie Ann noticed a few stumbles, but impressed that he never gave up. Len is already looking ahead to his Paso Doble next week. Bruno added that things can only get better. With scores of 5-5-5, Doug asked for help from all his football fans with the votes.
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe did the Tango to “Confident” by Demi Lovato. Jodie wanted her Full House fans to see her for what she is today. Len liked the attitude, but it got a little hectic at times. Bruno wants her to watch her transitions, but thought it was a strong performance. Carrie Ann was impressed with Jodie’s attention to detail, but wondered about what looked to be a snarl emanating from her. The team scored 7-6-7 from the judges.
Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Sliwinska did the Cha Cha to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Geraldo claimed he was the Puerto Rican in America who can’t dance. Original pro, Edyta, was there to help him correct that. Bruno thought his minimalistic strategy was very cunning. Carrie Ann wants him to get those hips moving. Len tells him that he’s still a work in progress. With scores of 5-4-4 in the books, Geraldo asked for a little voting help from all his fans.
Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani did a Quickstep to “Sparkling Diamonds” from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Carrie Ann liked the spectacle of the dance even though Marla messed up a couple times. She was still elegant and graceful. Len felt the routine was full of vitality and Bruno was loving the uptown bombshell quality that was on display. Triple 7s from the judges gave the team a total of 21.
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold performed a Cha Cha to “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men. Wanya served up some cheesesteaks to the judges to possibly make their hands too greasy to hold up the lower numbered paddles. Len liked the standard of dancing that he saw even though it’s not his cup of tea. Bruno liked the ease and swagger he saw. Carrie Ann feel Wanya is a total twinkle-toe in the making. Pulling in 8-7-8 from the judges gave the team a tie for the highest score of the night.
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy did the Jive to “Move” from the musical “Dreamgirls.” The forecast for Ginger’s dancing future looks pretty sunny after her first dance. Bruno was impressed as was Carrie Ann, who compared her infectious nature last season’s champ, Bindi Irwin. Len feels as though Ginger is a great dancer, but advised to work on straightening her legs. Scores of 8-7-8 put them in a tie for the highest score of the night.
Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev did a Tango to “In the Night” by The Weeknd. Carrie Ann knows how hard it is to get out on the stage when you are not a natural dancer, but was impressed by her spirit. Len didn’t feel she did a dance. It was more like walking. Bruno wanted some more spark. He wants her to extend her moves and play in a larger scale.
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd did a Cha Cha to “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE. Peta learned sign language to help communicate with her new partner, and it paid off. Nyle can’t hear anything at all, but still totally nailed his first dance. Len felt the routine just got better and better. Bruno had to touch Nyle to make sure he was real suggesting he could be America’s Next Top Dancer. Carrie Ann felt Nyle brough the rhythm to life. Scores of 8-7-8 put the team in a three-way tie for the top score of the night.
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess performed a Quickstep to “Bad Man” by Pitbull. With his teammates in the house, Antonio had a full support system in place. Bruno was reminded of Emmitt Smith in the sense that he has a lot of talent but must learn to channel it. Carrie Ann felt like Antonio was like a beast who totally rocked it. Len knows that Antonio did a tough dance. There were a few times when he lost control, but overall he did well. The judges’ scores: 8-6-7.
Von Miller & Witney Carson did a Foxtrot to “My House” by Flo Rida. There were chants of MVP after Von did his dance. The crowd went wild and the judges were equally impressed. Well, maybe not Len. Scores of 8-6-7 put this team in the middle of the pack for Week 1. Will it be enough to keep them in the quest for the coveted Mirrorball. We’ll find out on Latin Night MONDAY, MARCH 28 8|7c on ABC!