“Dancing With The Stars” is back in full swing and with their first performances under their belts, the contestants are starting to get a feel for how difficult the judges can be— and how much work it takes to be a professional dancer.
With the highest score being 23/30 and the lowest being 14/30, it’s clear that the contestants have some work to do— but we have to admit, we were pleasantly surprised by some of the duos.
Here’s a recap of each performance from the “Dancing With The Stars” season 27 premiere:
Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess
They took on a jive dance to “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” and for a guy who’s never been a professional dancer, he did a pretty dang good job.
Mary Lou Retton & Sasha Farber
These two danced the cha-cha to “Treasure.” As Len Goodman said, she’s “pretty nifty for fifty.”
Milo Manheim & Witney Carson
Milo and Witney also did the cha-cha to “Free Free Free.” Carrie Ann Inaba said Milo was a “little bit wild,” but overall, they nailed it.
Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke
Juan Pablo, the “Fuller House” star, danced the salsa to “Dinero” by Jennifer Lopez and it was hot, hot, hot! They earned one of the highest scores of the night.
Alexis Ren & Alan Bersten
These two did the jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly,” dedicated to Alexis’ late mother.
Evanna Lynch & Keo Motsepe
As an ode to her “Harry Potter” days, Evanna and Keo danced to “Do You Believe in Magic.” The judges told her she was high energy and has potential, but that she could be “less expressive.”
Danelle Umstead & Artem Chigvintsev
Danelle, who is completely blind, danced beautifully to “Rise Up,” making for a very emotional and “magical” performance.
Nikki Glaser & Gleb
These two earned one of the lower scores of the evening with Len saying the entire dance was a little too cold.
John Schneider & Emma Slater
This couple took on the foxtrot to “Good Ol’ Boys” from Dukes of Hazzard and were told they had great “potential.”
Tinashe & Brandon Armstrong
These two knocked it out of the park! They danced the jive to “I’m a Lady,” with the big feedback being that Brandon could tone down the choreography to allow Tinashae to shine. Fair enough!
“Grocery Store” Joe Amabile & Jenna Johnson
The “Bachelorette” contestant didn’t exactly knock it out of the park, but he’s still adorable! He and Jenna danced the quickstep to “Fish Out of Water” and though the performance was cute, it didn’t quite do it for the judges.
DeMarcus Ware & Lindsay Arnold
They say that football players make great dancers— and it’s true! DeMarcus and Lindsay did a sexy cha-cha to “Sweet Sensation” and impressed each of the judges.
Nancy McKeon & Val Chmerkovskiy
Though their dance wasn’t fancy, these two gave a solid performance of a quickstep to “It Don’t Mean a Thing.”