Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, as expected, shines on the first night of the competition, while 'SNL' alum Chris Kattan gets criticisms from judges for his 'goofy bad dancing.'
Everyone's putting on their dancing shoes because "Dancing with the Stars" officially kicked off its 24th season on Monday, March 20. The first pair to take the stage were Normani Kordei and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. They danced a Quickstep.
Len Goodman hated the long opening and said that she needed more body contact, but loved her energy. Julianne Hough disagreed with Len, saying that she liked how they came out. Carrie Ann Inaba said, "The entrance was a bit long, but I liked it." Bruno Tonioli wanted to see more precision, but overall it's good for a first dance. The Fifth Harmony singer got 27 out of 40 points.
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev followed it up with an elegant Viennese Waltz. Julianne loved her arms, but thought it was a little bumpy and suggested her to pay more attention on her footwork. Len had nothing but praises, saying, "It had flow, the movement was expressive, you are a pairing with great promise, well done!" The Olympic figure skater earned 28 points.
Chris Kattan might have succeeded in making people laugh on "Saturday Night Live", but he failed to impress the judges. His Cha Cha with Witney Carson was deemed "goofy bad dancing" and Len was being honest when he said that his Cha Cha "wasn't up to standard." Carrie Ann loved it, though, saying "it's so fun and so you." The comedian earned 17 points.
Up next were Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess who also danced a Cha Cha. He's got the hip thrusts and sexy moves down, but he needed a lot of work on his footing. Len saw potential and the other judges loved that he's hot. The professional bull rider got 22 points.
Charo and Keo Motsepe danced a Salsa. She's full of energy, but she needed to work on the technique. "You did the choreography great, your turns were spectacular. Maybe there was a misstep on the wrong foot, but you're so cute," Carrie Ann commented. The judges gave the Spanish entertainer 21 points.
Another pair, Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, also danced a Salsa. The judges saw his determination, but said he needed to learn to control his hands and feet. Bruno said, "You used your strengths. But, your hands, they look like claws, you can't grab a girl like that." Julianne wanted him to show something better next week. "The Bachelor" star earned 24 points.
Heather Morris brought the competition to the next level when she and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced a Viennese Waltz. Everyone had high expectations because she was Beyonce Knowles' backup dancer, but Julianne noted that it's very different with being a ballroom dancer. Bruno loved the partnership, and Len called the pair "a match made in heaven." Carrie Ann felt like she was hiding her personality behind the choreography, but said she did a good job. The "Glee" star earned 28 points.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold followed it up with another great first dance. After seeing their Quickstep, Julianne predicted that he could go far in the competition. Carrie Ann gushed, "That was one of my favorite dances of the night, I didn't expect that from you." He also got 28 points.
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko danced a Salsa. She seemed trying very hard to be sexy, but it didn't match her. Julianne wanted "to see a little more salsa content." Carrie Ann wanted to see her elegant side and Len thought it was "a little bit too raunchy." "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star earned 24 points.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater were up next, dancing a Cha Cha which earned rave reviews from the judges. Julianne said the NFL player nailed the technical aspects and had his own groove and his own flavor. Len said he "got a little ahead of the music just here and there," but it was "terrific" anyway. Rashad got 31 points.
Mr. T wasn't a good dancer, but Julianne loved his heart. He danced a Cha Cha with Kym Johnson. Carrie Ann said "it was so frustrating" because he made a lot of mistakes, but she wanted to see him do it right next week. The former "The A-Team" star earned 20 points.
Saving the best for the last, "DWTS" presented Simone Biles and Sasha Farber as the last pair of the night. As expected, the Olympic gymnast wowed as she danced a Tango with her pro partner. "That was amazing. Great way to end the night," Julianne gushed, adding, "You are the whole package." Bruno was surprised by her placement. Carrie Ann described it as "exquisite technique of power and elegance all wrapped in a crunchy tango," while Len called it "crisp and clean." Simone tops the leaderboard with 32 points.
All pairs will return to dance next week since there's no elimination in week 1.