AceShowbiz - "Dancing with the Stars" returned with season 28 on Monday, September 16. This season would see a new cast, including Lamar Odom, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer amd Karamo Brown among others, hitting the ballroom to show off their dance as they were all vying for the mirrorball trophy.
First to hit the stage were "The Bachelorette" star Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten. They opted for a Cha Cha to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" which judge Len Goodman called "crisp," "clean" and "confident." He added, "It was a wonderful way to kick off the show, well done." Meanwhile, Bruno Tonioli said, "At last I think you found your true love, dancing. You have the right attitude, expressive, enthusiastic. Watch your balance and don't go to fast." Hannah got 20 points out of 30.
Next up were Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson, who performed a Tango to "Sucker". "It is very good to see your serious side. You have the right attitude, determination, the focus and it was a real tango," commented Bruno. Carrie Ann Inaba, meanwhile, suggested Kel to "find your grove." The judges give the actor 16 points.
Following the performance was a Cha Cha to "She Works Hard for the Money" by Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov. The performance managed to impress Carrie Ann, though she noted that she seemed nervous. Len advised, "You have to straighten your legs, then the hip action will come. Your attitude is terrific, you came out and you sparkled." Kate earned 15 points.
It was later Lamar's turn to perform alongside Peta Murgatroyd. The pair hit the stage to dance a Foxtrot to "Feeling Good". "The foxtrot is a hard dance to master. You focused so much on the step that you really didn't dance. Next week feel the music and let it carry you through it," Bruno said of the routine. However, Carrie Ann disagreed, saying, "I can tell this is all new to you, you listened to Peta and stood up straight. I think you did a great job, well done." The former athlete was given a 11.
Lauren Alaina and pro dancer Gleb Savchenko took the stage to dance Cha Cha to "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" which earned praise from Bruno. "You were like a sultry southern bell giving me a steamy cha cha, the way I like it. You had a couple of good finishes, you finish sharply," he said, though he suggested Lauren to "lock your knees." Carrie Ann also liked the performance though she pointed out that Lauren was "a little loose." The judges gave Lauren a 19.
In the premiere, it was revealed that Christie Brinkley was forced to exit the show due to injury. Her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook took over her place and she showed off her skills while dancing a Foxtrot to "Uptown Girl" along with Val Chmerkovskiy. "I am blown away, your mom must be so proud. Three days of practice vs. three weeks. I think Val lucked out, you got a gold mine here," Carrie Ann gushed. "You got the looks, and you've got the talent. I can’t wait to see what you can achieve with proper rehearsal time," Bruno echoed. Sailor earned 18 points.
Dancing Salsa to "Juice" were Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson. Len didn't really like it and said that it was "really disappointing." Carrie Ann, however, believed that Karamo had potentional. "I feel like you underperformed this routine. I felt like you were reserved, you need to pop. It was a little underwhelming, but still solid," she said. Karamo was given 17 points.
Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke danced a Salsa to "Bustin' Loose". Calling it "fantastic," Bruno advised Ray to be more careful since he made "a misstep" during the routine. "There were a couple of mistakes, but you got great potential, well done," Len added. The performance earned Ray 15 points.
As for Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong, they danced a Foxtrot to "Baby Love". Praising the routine, Carrie Ann said, "You are true elegance and sophistication. Very refined, a few mistakes, but it was very good." Bruno revealed that he was "star-struck" after watching the performance. Mary got a 17.
Performing next were Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber. The pair hit the ballroom to dance a Cha Cha to "Work From Home", but Len said that what they were performing was not Cha Cha. "I would have liked to see stuff I recognize, there was too much Beyonce [Knowles] stuff and I am not a fan of. You both got in each other's way, but you are a very competent dancer," he added. The judges gave him 16 points.
It was time for one of the most-anticipated performances. Sean and pro dancer Lindsay Arnold performed a Salsa to "Spice Up Your Life." Of the routine, Carrie Ann said, "Best florescent shimmy of the night. Beyond that, I like you're sense of fun. You were off-beat most of the dance, but you had fun." Meanwhile, Len admitted that he admired "your courage coming on this show. You brought fun to the ballroom, well done." Sean got a 12.
Concluding the night were James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater who opted for a Tango to "Whatever It Takes". "What a way to end the night, we have a leading man in the house," Carrie Ann raved over their performance. Also being in love with the routine, Bruno gushed, "So strong, so passionate. You were in character the whole way through. Great!" James got the highest score that night as the judges gave him a 21.