Dancing With the Stars premiere recap: A night of half-measures

Welcome again to the ballroom!

The power was excessive however the scores had been low on the season 31 premiere of Dancing with the Stars. Streaming reside coast-to-coast and on Disney+ for the first time ever, TikToker Charli D’Amelio and her mother Heidi, American Idol season 6 winner Jordin Sparks, Bachelorette Gabby Windey and extra confirmed up and confirmed out for a night of all out enjoyable.

Resident smizer Tyra Banks shared internet hosting duties for the first time with DWTS season 19 champion and fellow Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro. Stars met up with Ribeiro in the skybox to get their scores, a welcome addition again to the ballroom for OG DWTS followers. Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough all returned as judges.

We’ve simply met the stars and discovered about their favourite occasion songs, however already one couple acquired the boot. To each Sex and the City followers dismay, it was actor Jason Lewis and his associate Peta Murgatroyd with the second to final lowest rating of the night. You know Samantha Jones’ PR agency would’ve discovered a option to spin this, however merely put, it is unhappy to see Smith Jerrod — I imply, Jason Lewis go. Not solely as a result of he is scorching, but in addition as a result of I wanted to listen to extra tales about Tyra and her self-proclaimed “brother from one other mom” supermodel BFF.

The first night at all times produces scores on the decrease finish, however tonight was really a night of half-measures … many of the {couples} acquired 5’s, and the stars had about half of the dance information wanted to pump out a superb cha-cha or foxtrot. But, if 30 seasons earlier than this has taught us something, it is that there is at all times room for enchancment and a few rivals would possibly shock you.

But it was no shock that Charli D’Amelio and her associate, veteran professional Mark Ballas, killed it on that dance flooring and acquired the highest rating of the night, a 32 out of 40.

Daniel Durant, the deaf actor from the Oscar-winning movie CODA, got here out in present stopping inexperienced, following in the footsteps of his film mother and deaf activist Marlee Matlin who competed on season 6, and deaf mannequin Nyle DiMarco, who took residence the mirror ball trophy on season 22. I rewatch Nyle and Peta’s first dance each time I’m having a foul day and so do you have to.

The troupe is again! (Something needed to fill the time the place these ABC commercials used to air…) You know, these bonus skilled dancers who at all times seem like they only took a 5-hour power shot proper earlier than performing? They slayed!

Wayne Brady‘s cha-cha had the excellent quantity of funk and private aptitude. He was awarded the first 8 of the night from Bruno, who dubbed the ballroom “Wayne’s Dance World”. Vinny Guadagnino on the different hand ended up in final place with a rating of 17 and a few harsh phrases from Carrie Ann, who stated he let his associate, new professional Koko Iwasaki, “do all the work”. Yikes!

However, the spotlight of the night was Selma Blair’s triumphant debut on the dance flooring. The actress made her multiple sclerosis diagnosis public in 2018 and gave a efficiency that may solely be described as breathtaking.

Prepare to get all shook up for subsequent week’s themed present, the stars and their companions might be performing in the first ever Elvis night! Will we get a flashy Baz Luhrmann model intro for the episode? I’d say return to sender if we do not.

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