“Dancing with the Stars” kicks off their 24th season with their 400th episode. The season opens with the introduction of the dancers to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston with a routine choreographed by Mandy Moore.
First up on the dance floor is 5th Harmony’s Normani Kordei and the reigning Mirrorball trophy winner Valentin Chmerkovskiy dancing a Quickstep. Host Tom Bergeron noted that it was a high octane start to the season. Head judge Len Goodman felt that the opening was a bit long winded but once they got started Normani was committed and full of energy; Len added that the dance was first class. Julianne noted that it was a great way to come out and show that Normani belonged on the stage; Julianne added that Normani nailed it. Bruno called the dance crackling with energy. Carrie Ann agreed that it was a bit long but nice on the preamble; adding that Normani was light and fantastic but they need more partnering. Normani and Valentin scored 27 points for their dance.
Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and Artem dance a Viennese Waltz that Julianne called beautiufl, Julianne noted that Nancy is so inviting when she dances and has gorgeous extensions but is a bit bumpy. Bruno said that the dance looked and felt good. Carrie Ann called it a beautiful first dance and Nancy suited the song and the dance; adding that Nancy was easy to watch. Len said that the dance had flow with expressive movement; adding that the pairing had great promise. Nancy and Artem scored 28 points for their dance.
Comedian Chris Kattan and Witney performed a comedic Cha Cha with a little help from the DWTS Troupe. Bruno called it the perfect interpretation of a Cha Cha on a hang over; adding that the dance belonged to an alternative universe. Carie Ann said that Chris hit her soft spot – performing a goofy bad dance. Carrie Ann called the performance so much fun. Noting that Chris pulled off a goofy bad dance, Len said that it wasn’t up to standard. Julianne noted that everybody has their own thing and Chris did his thing but Chris needs to focus more on the choreography. Chris and Witney scored 17 points for their dance.
Champion Bull Rider and Sharna performed a countrified Cha Cha. Carrie Ann noted that the pair was oozing ridiculous chemistry; adding that Bonner has the moves. Len called Bonner a work in progress with great potential. Julianne said that Bonner had so much potential; adding that he hit his lines but was a bit hesitant getting there. Bruno warned Bonner about his flat feet. Bonner and Sharna scored 22 points for their dance.
Pop culture icon…and this season’s oldest celebrity…Charo is teamed up with Keo for a Salsa. Len noted that Charo was strutting her stuff in the action packed dance; adding that Charo has the performance down but now needs to work on her technique. Asking if she could hang out with Charo, Julianne said that Charo had everything and more than expected. An excited Bruno was up and showoing off some moves. Carrie Ann called the performance high voltage with great choreography but needed a little more content. Charo and Keo scored 21 points for their dance.
“The Bachelor” Nick Viall and new mom Peta Murgatroyd performed a Cha Cha. Noting that Nick has the passion, Julianne said that Nick needs to work on his arms and legs. Saying that Nick looks like a pop idol, Bruno noted that Peta played to Nick’s strengths but noted that Nick’s hands looked like vulture claws. Carrie Ann said that Nick has a lot of potential; adding that while he executed the moves, he looked a bit disjointed. Len noted that for being the first week, Nick did a good job. Nick and Peta scored 24 points for their dance.
Actor Heather Morris and new papa Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a Viennese Waltz that had Bruno noting that it was an interesting partnership. Bruno said that he loved it. Carrie Ann loved the lines but felt that Heather was hiding her personality. Len called Heather a very accomplished dancer; adding that it was a match made in heaven. Julianne said that the dance was beautiful and had grace and elegance. Heather and Maks scored 28 points for their dance.
Two time World Series winner David Ross is the first baseball player to be a part of DWTS. He and partner Lindsay Arnold danced a baseball themed Quickstep to “Go Cubs Go”. Calling it one of her favourite dances of the night, Carrie Ann said that the dance was so much fun; adding that it was charming and smooth. Saying that the dance had good hold and content, Len told David that he got to first base. Julianne called the dance hot and amazing; adding that David was light on his feet and she loved the pairing. Bruno said that it was like watching a Quickstep in the “Field of Dreams”; adding that it was like a teen on spring break. David’s Cubs teammates in Arizona weighed in on the dance saying that it was impressive and unbelievable; adding that David set the bar way to high. David and Lindsay scored 28 points for their dance.
Real housewife and performer Erika Jayne teamed up with Gleb for a Salsa to one of Erika’s own songs. Len noted that Erika came out full of flair and confidence; adding that the dance was bit too raunchy for him. While she felt the dance was amazing, Julianne wanted more content in the dance. Brno noted that the dance was sexed up and ready to go; adding that he loved what Erika put into it but wanted the dance to be smoother and more balanced. Agreeing with Bruno on the balance and transfer of weight, Carrie Ann noted that Erika exudes confidence but wants more elegance. Erika and Gleb scored 24 points for their dance.
New York Giant running back Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater performed a Cha Cha to the Bruno Mars song “24K Gold”. Julianne called it the best dance of the night so far; adding that Rashad nailed the technical aspect of the dance and has his own groove. Julianne called Rashad magic; adding that he could make it all the way. Bruno called it the revelation of the night. Carrie Ann said that Rashad had the swagger and his moves were magic; adding that he has their attention. Noting that on occasion Rashad was ahead of the music a bit, Len called the dance terrific. Rashad and Emma scored 31 points for their dance.
Mr. T and Kym (Johnson) Herjavec performed a Cha Cha to the theme from “The A Team” with some help from the DWTS Troupe. Saying that Mr T is still the king of bling, Bruno noted that T gave them a tease. A frustrated Carrie Ann said that Mr. T was the boss on the dance floor but he made a lot of mistakes. Len noted that Mr. T tried his hardest. Noting that heart is what the show is all about, Julianne loved Mr T’s heart. Tom Bergeron noted that he liked that Mr T admitted that he was nervous. The duo scored 20 points for their dance.
The final dance of the night came from Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and Sasha Farber with a Tango. Carrie Ann called them the power couple; adding that Simone showed an exquisite exhibition of technique. Len said that the dance was a perfect balance of performance and dance content; adding that it was crisp, clean, and the dance of the night. Julianne called it an amazing way to end the night; adding that Simone had the whole package and called them the dynamic duo. Saying that Simone is so deliciously lovely, Bruno loved the poise; adding that it was a wonderfully placed dance. Earning the highest score of the night, Simone and Sasha earned 32 points for their dance.
Premiere Week Scores:
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Chris and Witney – 17
Mr T and Kym – 20
Charo and Keo – 21
Bonner and Sharna – 22
Nick and Peta – 24
Erika and Gleb – 24
Normani and Valentin – 27
Nancy and Artem – 28
Heather and Maks – 28
David and Lindsay – 28
Rashad and Emma – 31
Simone and Sasha – 32