Dancing with the Stars returned to ABC on Monday night as fans got another season of dance routines from the 12 new contestants and their partners.
Although some of the team names were cringe worthy (like Team Wagannbuns Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya), there were a few surprise performances on Dancing with the Stars that had the judges in good spirits. With a combined score of 26 points, classical singer Katherine Jenkins and dance partner Mark Ballas took the top spot in a tie with Jaleel White and Kym Johnson who danced a foxtrot. White did a good job of shedding his Steve Urkel image (for those who remember Family Matters) to start the season.
William Levy, one of the hottest stars in Season 14 competition, was a huge disappointment with partner Cheryl Burke. Levy was stiff and messed up his steps. The fact that Levy and Burke scored a 24 was an insult to dancing. Levy’s performance was all over the place and not in a good way.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsea Hightower danced an awkward Cha Cha but managed to maintain a certain level of fun, which the judges liked for a score of 23. Roshon will have to reign in his hip-hop freestyle if he wants to stick around in DWTS competition. Also scoring 23 were Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya for their foxtrot in a romantic springtime routine and Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus for their Cha Cha.
Sherri Shephard’s little toushy touch on partner Val Chmerkovskiy during rehearsal set a cheeky tone for their Dancing with the Stars debut before the pair foxtrotted to a score of 23. As for older brother Maxim Chmerkovskiy, he and partner Melissa Gilbert stumbled through their Cha Cha and ended up in the bottom three with 20 points.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd scored a 21 to land in a tie with Maria Menounos and Derek Hough after both performed the Cha Cha.
Tied for the bottom spot with Melissa Gilbert at 20 points were Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani plus Gavin Degraw and Season 13 winner Karina Smirnoff.
Overall, it was a great start to Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars with high scores. But …
Is anyone else tired of the staged rehearsal clips with the “Oh, I don’t know if I can get these steps. I hope I can do this?” It’s a tired line and no amount of William Levy will change that.
Who were your favorites during the Dancing with the Stars debut?