Little did we know, dancing with the Stars Fans, that when season 28 ended last November, we were also saying goodbye A version of the show we have known and liked for years.
During the reality contest hiatus, the show made some major changes: America’s Next Top Model Taking over the duties of both Tom Tyerson and Erin Andrews (who were let go in July), VT Tyrara Bank is now hosting. And six-time mirrorball winner Derek Hof is now behind the judges’ table, usually sitting in the chair of Len Goodman (who is unable to attend this year due to coronovirus travel restrictions).
In addition, the global epidemic has also changed things inside the ballroom. There are no studio audiences this time – although there are doing Some phantom cheers and booas … coming from somewhere – and contestants now perform each other from socially perverted spots in Rafters instead of Sky Boxes. This is not the ideal environment for a high energy dance competition, but really, is anything ideal in 2020?
This season’s celebrity / pro pairings were not revealed until Monday’s premiere; Before you wait on the show’s return, here are some fast-paced ideas on 15 performances:
AJ McLean and Prof. Cheryl Burke (Jive): Premiere did not seem to rattle AJ’s nerves of the night, even jumping to the ballroom floor when he lost his balance moment by moment. I wish the Backstreet Boys singer would not have performed before, as his body became more forgetful at the time of the broadcast – but on its own, this high-energy routine was performed with confidence. Judges’ score: 18/30
Chryschel Stodge and Pro Gleb Savenko (Tango; picture): I was surprised to see so little of the judges’ Chrishell this week. Yes, his footwork and frame need some improvement – but we have seen that an amateur once completely falls apart when they make a wrong move, and I think Chrysal has done this despite his mistakes. Did a good job of keeping the tango off the rail. Judges’ score: 13/30
Vernon Davis and Pro Peta Murgatroyd (Foxtrot): When we talk about chemistry, we’re talking about moments like the middle of this foxtrot, when Vernon stopped and walked under Peta’s shoulders for a full eight-count. It is not often you see both elegance and sensuality like a fox; Vernon somehow ejected the two. Judges’ score: 17/30
Anne Heche and Pro Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha): Was Anne’s footwork a bit fishy during this cha-cha excerpt? Yes. Is that the funniest thing of any contestant this season? Yes too! Judges’ score: 18/30
Jenny Mae and Pro Brandon Armstrong (Salsa): Jeanie first tells Brandon when she loves DWTS The contestants performed a quiet trick, then gave at least three very impressive tricks of their own in this salsa. With her legs wrapped around Brandon’s neck? here. for. this. Judges’ score: 18/30
Jessie Metcalf and Prof. Sharna Burgess (Quickstep): For a style as tough as Tej, Jesse handled himself well enough in his debut performance … though his intense facial expression didn’t exactly indicate if he was having fun there. Judges’ score: 18/30
Sky Jackson and Pro Alan Burston (Tango): Sky went so quickly from bubbly teen to passionate ballroom performer, the change made me whisper as much as those tango steps would. Although Sky’s movements were occasionally very Powerful and choppy, his lines – and he parted! – were very good. Judges’ score: 21/30
Katilin Bristowe and Prof. Artem Chigwintsev (Cha-Cha; picture;): I would love to see artem to the end Dance After years of finale as a supporter, and by virtue of her first performance, Catiline could very well have got her there. Although she was a little nervous throughout the routine, she had a strong understanding of cha-cha choreography. Judges’ score: 20/30
Nev Shulman and pro Jenna Johnson (Foxtrot): In my early predictions about season 29, I wrote to Nev as an early elimination … which I may need to walk back after this foxtrot. I did not expect such confidence and elegance from him in Week 1, and he inhabited a better character than any other in the premiere. Judges’ score: 20/30
Johnny Wear and Pro Brit Stewart (Cha-Cha): Derek Hof’s criticism that Johnny “needs to be consistent Johnny” was spot-on: although the performance was soft for the entire time, the figure skater was a bit self-contained when the choreography was laid out for the more traditional cha-chivot. Seemed alert. Judges’ score: 18/30
Justina Machado and Prof. Sasha Farber (Cha-Cha): Excuse me when I Google “How to get the trust of Justina Machado” after this swagger-filled chase that kicked off with a solo segment, possibly upsetting less skilled artists. Judges’ score: 21/30
Charles Oakley and pro Emma Slater (Salsa): On the heels of the strong performances by Justina, Neve and others, Charles’ shortcomings were particularly evident during this salsa. But even though the NBA All-Star was one of the weakest performers, he was a strong and reliable partner for Emma during his many moves. Judges Score: 12/30
Monica Aldama and pro Val Charmkowski (Foxtrot): Monica and Val’s foxtrot was simple and straightforward – and the woman knows how to do a fan kick, folks! Judges’ score: 19/30
Nellie and Prof. Danila Kargach (Salsa): Nellie looked so overwhelmed in her rehearsal package that I was preparing for the worst … pleasantly surprised when she actually performed live. There is room for improvement, to be sure, but the rapper brought an unexpected charisma and musicality to his debut performance. Judges’ score: 16/30
Carole Baskin and Prof. Pasha Pashkov (Paso Doble): “Tiger kingKay performs a Pasco on Carol Beskin dancing with the Stars“There really is a Mad Lib of a sentence (and so far, in this particular year, it makes complete sense anyway). In truth, I was expecting Carol to be much worse; all the gimmick and” Despite the choice of singing “Eye of the Tiger”, at least it wasn’t Rick Perry’s position. Judges’ score: 11/30
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