Dancing with the Stars returns tonight with the Season 17 premiere. This season features DWTS shaking things up by transitioning to a one night, two-hour format. Beginning with the second episode on Monday, September 23, one couple will be eliminated at the end of the show by combining the judges’ scores from the first two weeks with the public votes from the previous week. Each episode will open with a “massive dance number” and end with a pair being eliminated, with the exception of the premiere.
Tonight’s episode will kick off with a spectacular opening number featuring the entire cast. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote for the first time.
Check out all of tonight’s performance videos below and hit the comments and let us know what you think!
Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd dancing the Cha Cha Cha.
Judges Comments: Len said: “I tell you some of these couples are going to have smooth sailing, Brant sail on that was fabulous.” Bruno said, “Brant and Peta very hot stuff, that was a sizzling teaser of things to come. You lost timing, you have the equipment, keep it going.” Carrie Ann said: “I definitely see double threat potential. Good job!”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 8 Bruno: 7 TOTAL: 22
Judges Comments: Bruno said: “Are you sure you never danced that before. You practiced a lot, it shows. I liked the foxy trot you put in. You put Miley Cyrus in.” Carrie Ann: “You are sass and class. Your hands are gorgeous, just extend in the future.” Len: “It was a little careful, but it was clean and precise.”
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Bruno: 7 – TOTAL 21/30
Judges comments: Carrie Ann said: “That was beautiful and passionate. It was great, emotion, emotion.” Len: “I am confused this is week 1. That was full on, it had attack, well done.” Bruno: “Strong, powerful yet you have an expressive touch.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 TOTAL 24/30
Judges comments: Len said: “Jack I am telling you, you can dance. Good posture, you are going to give Kelly a run for her money. “ Bruno: “You were skipping along, you did it incredibly well.” Carrie Ann: “I want to know how Cheryl is feeling cause Momma bear is proud of her son. Jack you are a ballroom dancer, I was blown away.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 7
Judges comments: Bruno said: “Amber you are the tigress of season 17, that is how you shake it.” Carrie Ann: “I love you, I love you. You turned that Cha Cha Cha into a dance.” Len: “Week 1 and you come out and dance like that, full on fabulous.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9 Bruno: 9 Len: 9 TOTAL: 27/30
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Valentin Chmerkovskiy dancing a Contemporary routine
Judges comments: Carrie Ann said: “What is going on, it is amazing. That was a gorgeous angel. This dance showcased you.” Len: “It was lovely to watch.” Bruno: “Darling the original showgirl is back and she means business. The choreography was fabulous. You really do have wings and you can fly high.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Bruno: 8 Len: 8 TOTAL: 24/30
Judges comments: Len said: “Well Bill it was like being waxed it was painful while it happened and lovely when it was over. It was fun and had comedic moments.” Bruno: “This is not going to get you the noble prize. It did not gel, regroup and come back.” Carrie Ann: “You are the kinda contestant that makes DWTS special. You were alive and so happy to be dancing, you are the heart of the show.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 4 Bruno: 5 TOTAL: 14/30
Judges comments: Bruno said: “The bigger you are the harder it is. You really lost timing, but you have the moves.” Carrie Ann: “Once you got those hips going you got the moves. Good job!” Len: “This is a mix of attitude and technique. Your attitude is good, you just have to work on the technique.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 5 Bruno: 6 TOTAL: 17/30
Judges comments: Carrie Ann: “You move beautifully, but I think you need to open more.” Len: “This dance really suited you, but try not to be so careful.” Bruno: “I loved the it. Sometimes you have to remember about your hands. It is a minor point, I liked that very much.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Bruno: 8 – TOTAL 22/30
Judges comments: Carrie Ann said: “You know how to party, that was great, your form was great. You just went for it.” Len: “Like a little pocket rocket. It was fun and it was fast. I loved your foot work. Well done!” Bruno: ” I do like a wild child. I love the way you went for it. For a non dancer I loved the way your legs were placed.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 7 TOTAL: 23/30
Judges’ Comments: Bruno: “How can you criticize a National Treasure. You were radiant stylish, you were light on your feet. Hold you balance a bit more.” Carrie Ann: “Thank you for being on our show, dance is healing. I respect you so much. You brought me to tears with you courage.” Len: “There was an ease and elegance to it. Valerie beautifully done.”
SCORES – Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Bruno: 7 – TOTAL 21/30