Stars: Noah Galloway, Robert Herjavec, Patti LaBelle, Nastia Liukin, Riker Lynch, Charlotte McKinney, RedFoo, Michael Sam, Suzanne Somers, Chris Soules, Rumer Willis, Willow Shields
Network: ABC, airs Mondays
Original Telecast: March 16th, 2015
Season 20 of DANCING WITH THE STARS kicked off with the regular fan fare and then some. The usual crowd was there including athletes, singers, actresses and reality stars, along with the favorite pros, to help launch a new decade for the popular dance-off show. But no one could have foreseen Demi and Bruce’s girl rip the dance floor apart like she did. Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy wowed the audience and the judges, landing in first place with a hearty 32 points for the inaugural DWTS: Season 20 night. Right behind them is Ryker Lynch & Allison Holker with 31 points, while gymnast Nastia Liukin & fan fav Derek Hough are in third with a respectable 30 points. Failing to come competitively out of the gate was commercial star Charlotte McKinney & Keo Motsepe and performer RedFoo & Emma Slater. Both ended the night with a disappointing 22 points. No elimination this week: all the couple will be back next week to perform, while one couple will be exiting the ballroom. Stay tuned!
Willow Shields (actress) and her partner Mark Ballas
So young and nervous but so courageous. Head judge Len Goodman said she was refreshing. Carrie Ann Inaba said she had pizzazz. Julianne Hough said she needed to work on her legs. Bruno Tonioli told her to attack the Cha Cha more.
Scores: Inaba –6, Goodman –6, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 6, Harland – 7
Suzanne Somers (actress/entrepreneur) and her partner Tony Dovolani
She went off rather quickly. Goodman told her to burst out more. Inaba called her a ray of sunshine. Hough said she wanted to see her more raunchy. Tonioli called her out on going on the wrong foot for the Cha Cha.
Scores: Inaba – 6, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 6, Harland – 6
Chris Soules (The Bachelor) and his partner Witney Carson
Potential. Inaba said to watch your arms. Goodman said he needed polish. Hough said his feet were too loose. Tonioli said he was rugged.
Scores: Inaba –7, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 6, Harland – 7
RedFoo ( singer/producer) and his partner Emma Slater
It was not much of a Cha Cha. Inaba wanted him to get the dance going. Goodman said it was a little bit wild. Hough wanted more jiggle. Tonioli called his Cha Cha unusual.
Scores: Inaba – 6, Goodman – 5, Tonioli – 6, Hough – 5, Harland – 6
Noah Galloway (War Vet) and his partner Sharna Burgess
Impressive. Inaba called his Cha Cha profound. Goodman saluted him. Hough said he had a beautiful connection with Sharna. Tonioli called him a titan.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 6, Harland – 7
Charlotte McKinney (actress) and her partner Keo Motsepe
Stiff and she messed up. Inaba called her Jive a rough start. Goodman said at least she carried on. Hough told her to work on her legs. Tonioli said she had wonderful energy.
Scores: Inaba – 6, Goodman – 5, Tonioli – 6, Hough – 5, Harland – 5
Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank host) and his partner Kym Johnson
He needs to loosen up a bit. Inaba called him effervescent. Goodman said he gave everything in his Cha Cha. Hough said he was infectious. Tonioli called him a crazy dolphin.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 7, Harland – 7
Nastia Liukin (Olympic gymnast) and her partner Derek Hough
Powerful. Inaba called her Foxtrot fantastic. Goodman said it was a bit staccato. Hough called it an explosive first dance. Tonioli told her not to over extend.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 8, Harland – 8
Rumer Willis (actress) and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Well done! Inaba called her Foxtrot passionate. Goodman said this could be their season. Hough called them the ones to watch. Tonioli said she had the best arms of the night.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 8, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 8, Harland – 8
Patti LaBelle (singer) and her partner Artem Chigvintsev
Smooth. Inaba called her Foxtrot incredible. Goodman said she rung his bell. Hough called her a gorgeous goddess. Tonioli said she was elegant.
Scores: Inaba – 7, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 6, Hough – 6, Harland – 6
Michael Sam (NFL player) and his partner Peta Murgatroyd
He can moooove! Inaba wanted him to be more authentic in his Cha Cha. Goodman said his footwork was atrocious. Hough called his feet sloppy. Tonioli said he was hot.
Scores: Inaba – 6, Goodman – 6, Tonioli – 7, Hough – 7, Harland – 7
Riker Lynch (actor) and his partner Allison Holker
He has great energy. Inaba called his Jive explosive. Goodman said he was full on. Hough said his Jive was tight. Tonioli said he had cool hips.
Scores: Inaba – 8, Goodman – 7, Tonioli – 8, Hough – 8, Harland – 8
Who’s going home: It doesn’t look good for Charlotte.
Who Has Legs To Take Home The Mirror Ball: Rumer vs. Riker!
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