AceShowbiz - "Dancing with the Stars" is finally back! Season 27 premiere of the ABC show, which aired on Monday, September 24, kicked off with a big bang as the full cast danced their way to the ballroom, performing an epic routine with Erin Boheme's "I Won't Dance" playing in the background. Judge Mandy Moore choreographed the performance.
The night one, which was the first part of the show's special two-night premiere, saw each couple performing either a jive, a cha cha, the foxtrot, salsa or quickstep. There would be no elimination that night.
First up was Olympic gold medalist gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who danced a Cha Cha to "Treasure" by Bruno Mars alongside Sasha Farber. Judge Len Goodman noted that she was "nifty for fifty," though she needed to slow down a bit. Carrie Ann Inaba praised her, saying that she was "golden." She got 19 points out of 30.
Following her up were Disney star Milo Manheim and Witney Carson. They also opted for a Cha Cha, dancing to "Free Free Free" by Pitbull featuring Theron Theron. Bruno Tonioli loved it, while Carrie Ann said that his posture was fantastic. Howeve, he needed to "watch his arms." The pair earned a 20 out of 30.
Later, "Harry Potter" star Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe hit the ballroom. They danced a Foxtrot to Aly & AJ's "Do You Believe in Magic". While Carrie Ann praised her, Len thought that the dance didn't suit her. The judges gave her a 18 out of 30.
Danelle Umstead, meanwhile, danced Foxtrot to "Rise Up" by Andra Day with Artem Chigbvintsev. Bruno dubbed it "classic and effective." Meanwhile, Carrie Ann gushed, "I'm still processing what I just witnessed. I think we could all feel the bold which was magical." The pair got 18 points.
Performing Jive to "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Travis Tritt were radio host Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess. Bruno said it was "surreal," with Carrie Ann praising her for having "a wild rockstar thing." Bobby earned 20 points.
Meanwhile, Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke danced a Salsa to "Dinero" by Jennifer Lopez featuring DJ Khaled and Cardi B. "Chemistry, day one, is off the charts,” Carrie Ann said. “You’re the hunk with the junk in the trunk," Len praised him. The judge gave him 22 points, the highest score that night.
Performing next were standup comedian Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko. They performed a Salsa to Louisa's "YES" featuring 2 Chainz. Len wasn't a fan of the performance, saying that "it looked awkward." Bruno added, "It wasn't a total train-wreck…you had a slight derailment on the hip junction." Nikki got a 17 score.
It was followed by a Jive performance by Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten. Carrie Ann thought it was well rehearsed and choreographed, while Len said it was "brilliant." They got 21 points out of 30.
The oldest contestant John Schneider and Emma Slater did a Foxtrot to "Good Ol' Boys from Dukes of Hazzard" by Waylon Jennings. Len said it was "a bit rough" and lacked of "finesse," though his "posture was good." John earned 18 points.
Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong took the stage to dance a Jive to "I'm a Lady" by Meghan Trainor. Bruno called it a "foxy jive," "so fast and so dynamic," adding that it showed her personality so much. The singer earned 23 points, beating Juan's previous score.
Nancy McKeon and Valentin Chmerkovskiy performed a Quickstep to "It Don't Mean a Thing" by Club Des Belugas. Len thought it was "just a good, solid performance." Nancy was given 18 points.
"The Bachelor" alum Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson performed a Quickstep to "Fish Out of Water" by Leo Soul. Len praised his personality, though he was especially disappointed that Joe "went wrong" throughout the dance. Joe unfortunately only got 14 points.
Rounding out the night's performances were DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold, who offered a Cha Cha to "Sweet Sensation" by Flo Rida. Bruno raved about the routine, saying, "delightful, delicious, DeMarcus the dancer!" DeMarcus earned a 23, tying with Tinashe's score.
The first elimination will be announced in the second part of the special premiere which airs on Tuesday, September 25 at 8 P.M. on ABC.