DWTS Premiere Recap
In case you missed it, Dancing with the Stars premiered on ABC Monday night where it really established who had the potential to win and who unfortunately might not make it too far. Here’s a recap:
Terrell Owens is a football player apparently known for his touchdown dance as well as what people think is his arrogance is just his passion for the game. As a dancer, he apparently had what was called a “heel lead” (or maybe he said “healie”?), which apparently isn’t something that’s good for Latin dances. In other words, he has to work on his footwork, giving him a very low score of 15 out of 30. Although it’s only the first episode, 15 is still a very low score, even as a first performance. So if he wants that Mirror Ball, he’s going to need to work a lot harder to get higher scores.
Debbie Gibson went up next, which if you, like me, didn’t know, she’s singer who had a lot of hits in the 80s and the 90s, she says that she joined the show because she has Lyme disease which gave her a few problems in rehearsals but for the performance, she did a pretty average job, gaining a score of 17 out of 30. A few notes from the judges were that her shoulders rose too high and her back didn’t arch enough, throwing off the overall form of the dance which is pretty important in ballroom dancing altogether.
Pretty Little Liars actress Sasha Pieterse started with a pretty strong start and parents who were both professional ballroom dancers which I think could give her a slight advantage. For her first performance, judge Carrie Ann Inaba applauded the attention to detail with how she presented herself. But near the beginning of the song, she got a little ahead of the music which will be something for her to focus on but she did end with a pretty average scoring of 18 out of 30.
One half of the HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew Scott is an entire foot taller than his partner, Emma, but fortunately, it doesn’t seem to bother them too much. In his video package, he says that he is coming into this competition as a way to practice for his wedding that he’s having in a few months. In his first dance, he tumbled a little by getting his hand caught in her hair a little, which threw off his footwork for a while. But the good news is that he at least has musicality, which in other words means that he can move to the beat of the music, giving him an average score of 16 out of 30.
Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran says in her introduction that she’s used to competing against men on the show and in the business environment and that she’s known to others as the cougar. She, out of all the other contestants, is definitely there to have fun as she comes off as having a very playful personality. For her first dance, it has a lot of hip hop influence and according to the judges, lacked execution and conviction. Barbara unfortunately places at the very bottom of the leaderboard, getting a low score of 14 out of 30.
Actor and singer known for the Broadway smash, Hamilton, Jordan Fisher is excited about learning ballroom dance and joined the show because he loves a challenge. In his tango, he definitely comes off as a naturally born dancer which isn’t very surprising to me because he’s danced in his music videos before as well, albeit it wasn’t ballroom dancing but he definitely knows how to bust a move. The judges definitely agreed giving him a high as score of 22 out of 30, the highest score of the night as well as a score we’d usually see after a few weeks of competition, making him a very clear front-runner.
98 degrees singer, Nick Lachey competes against his wife with the added pressure that his brother, Drew had previously won Dancing with the Stars. His dancing skills were what I expected it to be; average with the advantage of musicality, as it is with every musician. His overall score was also average, which was a 18 out of 30.
TV personality most known for TRL, Vanessa Lachey came off a the very caring mother but still a very hard worker in her video package, and her partner, Maks definitely used that theme in her first dance. Comments from the judges complimented her footwork and posture, which in the end beat out her husband with a solid score of 21 out of 30.
Malcolm in the Middle and Agent Cody Banks actor Frankie Muniz was apparently in a racing accident a few years back where he broke his back, giving him a seemingly slight disadvantage. But in his performance, the judges said that his legs were a little stiff but it delivered well in emotion, earning him a solid score of 19 out of 30.
Nikki Bella, one of the Bella twins, a WWE reigning champion, and John Cena’s fiancé can clearly handle herself with everything that she does as seen in her rehearsal footage,. In the actual dance, Nikki has good body contact as the judges put it but she also looked down too much rather than looking at her partner. In the end, she got a score of 20 out of 30.
Basketball player turned coach, Derek Fisher did an average dancing job but the highlight of his reel was definitely when he told his parents that he was doing the show because they were clearly but adorably huge fans of the show. Apparently basketball players don’t do very well on the show but we’ll see how true that stat really is in the following weeks as Derek still scored an average score of 18 out of 30.
Former paralympic swimmer and current ESPN reporter, Victoria Arlen talks about her past of being in a wheelchair for 10 years and then learning how to walk a year and a half ago. In her first performance on the show, the judges expressed that her leg and feet movements were crisp and clear despite the fact that she has no feeling in her legs. Her score came somewhere in the middle with a 19 out of 30.
Electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling known for being on America’s Got Talent as well as her YouTube channel said in her reel that she thought she’d have what she called, noodle arms because of her career as a violinist, but as I suspected, her holding her violin proved to be an advantage as her score tied for the highest score with Jordan Fisher; a 22 out of 30.
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @thelegendarykc