Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars officially kicked off on Monday, September 24 and with a wide array of stars from athletes to actors and social media stars and more, there was no telling who was going to impress right away, and who was going to disappoint.
After everyone had their first turn on the dancefloor, two topped the leaderboards with 23 points out of 30! Singer, actress and dancer Tinashe performed a jive to “I’m a Lady” with brand-new pro Brandon Armstrong, and the pair wowed everyone, landing one of the top scores of the night. Of course, controversy is sure to follow as many think Tinashe has an unfair advantage thanks to her many years of dance training. Also landing a top score of 23 was NFL defensive legend DeMarcus Ware. The Super Bowl winner and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold were last to dance with a high-energy cha-cha to “Sweet Sensation.” The judges couldn’t get enough of not only Ware’s impressive moves but his infectious personality.
Falling slightly behind the leaders were Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace and his pro partner Cheryl Burke. The pair performed a sexy salsa to “Dinero,” which earned them rave reviews from the judges who gave them a total score of 22. Just behind them were model Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten who dance a jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly” which Ren dedicated to her late mother whose favorite show was Dancing With the Stars. The judges loved the duo’s chemistry which earned them a 21 out of 30.
Coming in just behind Ren and Bersten were Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess, and Milo Manheim and Witney Carson. Radio personality Bobby Bones and Burgess danced a very high-energy jive to “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” which was energetic but a little hectic, landing them a 20. This season’s youngest contestant, 17-year-old Disney Channel star Milo Manheim and his pro partner Witney Carson dance the cha cha to “Free Free Free” which led to a lot of positive critiques from the judges and a final score of 20 out of 30. Falling out of the 20’s, former Olympian Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber earned themselves a 19 for their cha cha to “Treasure.”
Falling to the middle of the pack were Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe, Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev, John Schneider and Emma Slater, and Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy who all earned a final score of 18 for their routines, but definitely showed promise to really improve in upcoming weeks.
Coming just shy of 18 for a score was comedian Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko who danced a salsa to “Yes” which only earned them a 17 after Len commented that it was too “cold.”
At the bottom of the pack was Bachelor in Paradise’s Joe Amabile aka “Grocery Store Joe,” and Jenna Johnson. The pair danced a quickstep to “Fish Out of Water,” and everything from the dance to the judges trying to be positive was extremely awkward and he earned the lowest score of the night with 14.
Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.
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12. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd had many people believing that something was going on between them off the dance floor – their chemistry looked that real! It turns out that the two were just friends who shared a lot of chemistry. “I’m psyched that I got her. We obviously get along and like each other as friends and as people, so we don’t have to fake that chemistry on the floor, which would just add another element of stress. It’s genuinely there, and I like that,” the Big Time Rush member told Parade.