I am excited to recap this season of DWTS. Voting happens during each episode, with an elimination at the end. Yikes!
Each DWTS contestant selected their favorite party song to kick off the season. So, who impressed, and who was sent home? Let’s break it down!
Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong
Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke
Fun fact: Cheryl Burke teased weatherman Sam Champion years ago about joining the show. They performed an elegant foxtrot. The judges pointed out some timing issues, but not bad overall. The judges awarded a score of 20/40.
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart
Jessie James Decker and Alan Bersten
Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice hit the ballroom with pro Pasha Pashkov. In her opening package, Teresa discussed going to prison and how she wanted to do DWTS so that people could see the real Teresa.
The duo performed a Housewives-inspired tango. There was a table and a bedazzled turkey. Of course, Teresa flipped the table. She was very stiff during the routine, but she also has zero dance experience. The judges urged her to stay focused and use the passion that she feels in the actual dance. Teresa’s friend, and Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip co-star Kenya Moore, was there to root for her. The judges gave Teresa and Pasha a score of 20/40.
Wayne Brady and Witney Carson
Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel
Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki
Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore fame was partnered with new pro Koko Iwasaki. Vinny and Koko performed a salsa that lacked spice. His timing was off much of the time. Len was “disappointed” in Vinny’s performance, and I was, too. Move your hips, Vinny! The judges’ score was 17/40.
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko
Shangela is the first ever drag entertainer to appear on DWTS. He is dancing with Gleb Savchenko, and their salsa was a fiery delight. Shangela’s personality and charisma were perfectly showcased in the routine. The duo scored 28/40.
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater
Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy
Joseph Baena and Daniella Karagach
Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd
Sex and the City actor Jason Lewis partnered with pro Peta Murgatroyd. The duo’s cha-cha was rough. Jason seemed stiff and uncomfortable. Len again voiced his disappointment. The couple scored an 18/40.
Selma Blair and Sasha Farber
Actress Selma Blair was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in August of 2018. Her illness affects her balance and movement. Selma and her partner, Sasha Farber, danced a lovely Viennese waltz. The judges praised her fluidity and movement. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was brought to tears, as were some of the other contestants. It was simply beautiful. The judges’ score was 28/40.
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas
Charli is a TikTok sensation. She was partnered with Mark Ballas, who is coming off a five-year hiatus. This pairing is fire! Their cha-cha was scorching hot. Judge Bruno Tonioli called their performance “the cherry on the cake.” They scored 32/40, which was the highest score of the night.
The bottom two couples were Teresa and Pasha and Jason and Peta. The judges unanimously decided to keep Teresa and send Jason home.
TELL US- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE DWTS PREMIERE? DID THE RIGHT PERSON GO HOME?
[Photo Credit: ABC/Andrew Eccles]