‘Dancing With The Stars’ Premiere — Season 27 Kicks Off With A Fan Favorite At The Bottom
‘DWTS’ is back! Can you believe it’s season 27? Read our full recap of the premiere below — it had laughter, tears, and a fan favorite getting the lowest score of the night!
The show kicked off with a fantastic opening number featuring the full cast dancing to Erin Boheme’s “I Won’t Dance.” It was, of course, choreographed by Mandy Moore! For night one, each couple will perform one of the following — a jive, a cha cha, the foxtrot, salsa or quickstep. There will be no elimination tonight. Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli are ready with their paddles! Let’s get to the dancing!
Olympic champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber showed their moves with a Cha Cha to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. Len said she is “nifty for fifty” but that she needs to slow down a little bit. Bruno said she is focused and never lost her sense of competition. Carrie Ann said she is “golden.” They got a 19 out of 30!
DCOM star Milo Manheim and Witney Carson did a Cha Cha to “Free Free Free” by Pitbull. Bruno loved the energy and exuberance and said his timing was perfect. Carrie Ann said his posture was fantastic but to “watch his arms.” Len added he needed a little more control but said, “you’re a dancer, well done.” They got a 20 out of 30. Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe kicked off the season with a Foxtrot to “Do You Believe in Magic” by Aly & AJ. “You can definitely dance,” Carrie Ann said. Len said this dance didn’t suit her, but she has a bright future. Bruno said she has to cast a spell with her body. They got an 18 out of 30.
Next, blind alpine skiier Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev did a flowing Foxtrot to “Rise Up” by Andra Day. TEARS! “Classic and very effective,” Bruno said. “I’m still processing what I just witnessed. I think we could all feel the bond, which was magical,” Carrie Ann said. Len said she needs to relax her shoulders a bit. Wow, so inspiring! They got an 18 out of 30.
Radio host Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess danced Jive to “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” by Travis Tritt. “Surreal. It was exquisitely demented,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said he has a wild rockstar thing happening. Len said he attacked the dance but then went a little too wild. Um, yeah he did! He actually fell after the dance after jumping around like crazy! They got a 20 out of 30.
Stand up comedian Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko danced a Salsa to “YES” by Louisa featuring 2 Chainz. “It looked awkward,” Len said. “It wasn’t a total train-wreck…you had a slight derailment on the hip junction,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said her arms and legs need to work together. They got a 17 out of 30.
Model and social media star Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten did a Jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly” by Little Richard. Bruno said it was very good. Carrie Ann said it was well rehearsed and very clean. Len said her jive had a lot of attack and called it “brilliant.” They got a 21. John Schneider and Emma Slater did a Foxtrot to “Good Ol’ Boys from Dukes of Hazzard” by Waylon Jennings. “There is a natural elegance and charm. Make it a little sharper,” Carrie Ann said. Len said he thought it was rough and said it lacked finesse. Bruno said it was interesting, like a country drive. They got an 18.
Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson danced a Quickstep to “Fish Out of Water” by Leo Soul. “Not quite a dancer yet, but you have charm,” Carrie Ann said. Len said he likes him as a person but …it just went wrong. Bruno said, “you can’t have everything. Incredibly good looks — [being a great dancer] would be incredibly unfair! You’ll find it next week.” They got a low score of 14, including a 4 from Len. Yikes!
Finally, DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold danced a sexy Cha Cha to “Sweet Sensation” by Flo Rida. Len said he has a fantastic presence. Bruno screamed, “delightful, delicious, DeMarcus the dancer!” Carrie Ann said he has an inner light that is coming out in a big way. They got a 23, tied for the highest score of the night!
Come back tomorrow night for the first elimination of season 27!