dancing with the Stars The 31st season kicked off on Monday in the most unique way possible: by asking viewers to click a watch Button right on Disney+ at 5 p.m. / 8 p.m. “Tune” in any earlier and you’ll get a reminder – no, it’s 8 p.m. ET, dude! Come back when the time comes. This is the new reality for dance fans accustomed to watching their favorite competition shows. Used Being on ABC.
Otherwise live, two-hour episode DWTS It started out just as it did (before the pandemic, that is) with a huge opening number, with an enthusiastic (but casually dressed) studio audience and a grand entrance by the host. Tyra Banks, There were still some updates to the aging franchise: DWTS Veteran Conrad Green is back as executive producer and Season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro is now providing some much-needed assistance with hosting duties by lobbying softball questions at Sky Box.
Here’s what happened one night:
Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd. sex and the City The actor greeted his two-time champion partner with flowers and warned that he can dance only after consuming whiskey or tequila. He was very calm when performing Cha Cha, so use your imagination if you missed the show. “All I need you to do is breathe. That’s what’s missing. You need to breathe and relax,” said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba. score: 18 out of 40
Vinny Guadagnino and Coco Iwasaki. Jersey Shore The alum says he is a fish out of water in the ballroom. Apparently, he is more comfortable with the Chippendales in Las Vegas, where he resides. Maybe he tore his shirt during salsa because he didn’t have a number Heat. “I don’t understand, Vinnie,” said Judge Len Goodman. “It’s a club dance out of all the dances and you didn’t show me that. It was rough, your legs were so bent. I really wanted you to come out and take my socks off.” score: 17 of 40
Jesse James Decker and Alan Berston. The traitor of the country admitted to staying for a long time DWTS fans but expressed reservations about her chances as she was thrown out of dance class as a child. Luckily, her Cha Cha for “Sweet Home Alabama” didn’t offend the judges. “You came out and sold it. The level of performance was really high,” Goodman said. score: 20 out of 40
Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov. the former real housewives star said she is doing DWTS Because she wants the audience to see the real Teresa – not the one who went to jail for cheating. She is also working with a therapist to learn No to trigger. That should be good news for the judges, I guess? Anyway, his tango to “We Found Love” wasn’t terrible, except the way he looked at the ceiling was weird, man. “I notice you’re looking up a little bit. Think really wide, not up or down or wide,” said Judge Derek Hough. score: 20 out of 30
Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke, the former good Morning America The Weather Man was giddy to learn that Champion was his partner as he had encouraged him to do the show 10 years earlier. As a gay man looking to go “out of his comfort zone”, Champion made his ballroom debut by performing the foxtrot to “Tiny Dancer” amid a cloud of dry ice. “He was so gentle and so sweet. You were a little nervous outside the gate,” Inaba said. score: 20 out of 40
Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel, former star of Charlie’s Angels Reminded us that she is 71, but was thrilled to learn that Van Amstel, who has been absent from the show for 7 seasons, is her partner. He has his work cut out for him; Ladd admitted that she was not a dancer and was wary of her uncle. But he has great wheels, so he’s halfway there! “Cheryl Laddus has a swagger! You have a grandeur. I think the routine might be too simple for you,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli. score: 21 of 40
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater. obviously, 90210 The actor has a fear of dancing. Like, an “irrational fear. There’s something in my mind that prevents me from moving at all.” sure, then, do dancing with the Stars. What is the probability of it going wrong? Her first quick move to “Dancing With Myself” perhaps? “It was busy, it was frenetic. You just came out and flew across that floor,” Goodman said. score: 21 of 40
Joseph Brothers and Daniela Karagacho, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son took out last year’s champion by scoring as a teammate. His father was not in the ballroom for his jive, but he paid tribute by flexing his guns over his jive and performing a burpee at the end. “We all get bicep envy! But really, your musicality was good. You weren’t heavy. I’m telling you, you will come backTonioli said. score: 23 out of 40
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev. Most viewers probably won’t recognize D’Amelio – a YouTuber who has his own family show. But producers liked the idea that both Mamma D’Amelio and her more famous daughter Charlie would be doing the show together. D’Amelio was previously accompanied by Cha Cha for “Lady Marmalade” for the family. “Put all the energy and thought and interpretation behind every step. You really have to project your personality through your body,” Tonioli said. score: 24 out of 40
Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong Platinum Recording Artist Reminds Us She Won American Idol At the age of 19 and enjoyed a successful singing career. But the one thing that is missing from his life is the Mirror Ball trophy! She started the night with an impressive cha cha to Whitney Houston’s “I Want to Dance With Somebody”. “Jordan you have such an amazing presence on the floor,” Huff said. “He split in the middle, girl! I see. It was awesome.” score: 26 out of 40
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart. actors from coda Wants to show people that “deaf people can dance too.” (oh we knew He. Who can forget season 22 winner Nile DeMarco?) Dressed in neon green, Durant danced to a clean tango that garnered high praise. “You went well around the floor. I’m really excited to see you evolve as the show progresses,” Goodman said. score: 27 out of 40
Wayne Brady and Witney Carson. let’s Make a Deal The host is doing the show to make his grandmother proud. It shouldn’t be difficult; Her cha cha began with a wicked pop and lock that immediately served as a warning to her fellow contestants: Brady is coming. Tough For that mirror ball trophy. “Welcome to Wayne’s dance floor! The performance level through the roof. You’ve got it and you know what to do with it,” Tonioli said. score: 29 out of 40.
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko. Let’s hear it for the change makers! In addition to appearing as the first drag queen DWTS, Shangela also announced that she would do all the rehearsals from drag (her pronouns are he/she). Finally, two men dancing with each other under the mirror ball! If only a new digital home didn’t take place for 31 seasons and true inclusivity. “You have so much energy, so much power, so much charisma,” Huff said. “Brilliant.” score: 28 out of 40
Gabby Windy and Val Chmerkovskiy. It is customary for singles in the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise to make an appearance on DWTS. And like its predecessors, Windy has some cracking experience. Her jive demonstrated that she won’t be going home anytime soon. “For me that was what I think was the best dance of the night ever. So fast, so clean,” Huff said. “Your rotation was off the hook.” score: 28 out of 40
Selma Blair and Sasha Farber, The longtime actress was diagnosed with MS in August of 2018, so stiffness and balance problems will challenge the competition. But the judges were overwhelmed by her plight and her bravery, so they were generous with her support. “It’s great to see you here. You really made magic tonight. It was gorgeous,” Tonioli said. score: 28 out of 40
Charlie D’Amelio and Mark Ballas. The social media star (and Heidi D’Amelio’s daughter) is this year’s ringer: She’s amassed millions of followers on TikTok thanks to her clever moves. She is also a natural in front of the camera, which is why her cha cha was the final dance of the night. “Season 31 got real hot, real quick. It’s like I saw 20 different people dancing! You were kind of amazing,” Inaba said. score: 32 out of 40
The bottom two were Lewis/Murgatroyd and Giudice/Pashkov. All the judges saved Guidice, so poor Lewis went home.
Next week is Elvis night!