DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017 PREMIERE

DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 25, FALL 2017 PREMIERE

Welcome to Week 1 of Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars!  Tom and Erin hosted, as lively and witty as ever. Carrie Ann Inaba (CAI), Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli (left to right, as usual) judged.

 

THE FULL CAST!

  1. “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro Emma Slater
  2. Singer/Actor/former “98 Degrees” boy-band member Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd
  3. Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey (Nick’s wife) & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy
  4. WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev
  5. Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney, “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold
  6. Former NBA champ/former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher & pro Sharna Burgess
  7. Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy
  8. Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly ‘Malcom’: “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson
  9. Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas (2-Time MBT winner)
  10. Singer/Dancer Debbie Gibson & pro Alan Bersten
  11. “Shark Tank” Investor Barbara Corcoran & pro Keo Motsepe
  12. Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko
  13. Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke (2-Time MBT winner)

The Possible Ballroom & Latin Dances: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Dancing With The Stars: Week 1 Analysis (Sep. 18, 2017)

Season 25’s Fall Premiere opened in the desert with Alan and Sharna walking and then judge Len Goodman coming along to pick them up in a glitzy silver golf cart. Into the city they went, where “Dancing in the Street” played its irresistible beat and celebs came out to be with their pros, all dancing in the street, with all female pros completely in small silver pieces and all male pros in a silver/black combo.  Their dancing turned into a huge crowd for blocks! Then the teams ran inside to the ballroom. IT WAS ALL SO COOL!

The Stars and the pros tonight gave us an interesting, well-done show.  The producers did a surprisingly good job of casting this time, WITHOUT Olympic gymnasts (thank you!). No one was flat-out terrible, we had a few fabulous surprises that we don’t expect in Week 1, several scores were unfairly low while a few were too high, and certain performances matched my expectations. As often happens, the judges cheated the first contestant on scoring and continued in that vein most of the night, with Len and Bruno shortchanging celebs more than Carrie Ann did and Len finally being fair to a couple of them while Bruno still held back; but, as usual, they already appear to coddle a couple of contenders who, so far, don’t deserve the coddling.

After the first two dances, the transmission began to mess up majorly due to storms/heavy rain in my area. So, I didn’t get to see quite everything, including the full correct order in which they danced and some individual judges’ scores; I had to review some of the show via computer streaming, which was limited, too.

 

Frankie Muniz & Whitney (“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles)
Traditional Foxtrot.                                                Judges’ scores 7-6-6.  My score 7.

The positive:  A good pairing; they look cute together. Well-done spins, graceful arms/hands; cute/sweet, positive, pretty, graceful; well done. Looks as though he’ll continue to improve and do well. He’s so cutesy that he might have trouble looking large and commanding in a Paso Doble.

The negative/work on: Loosen up the occasional stiffness and the remaining nervousness.

He’s due for:  Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Nick Lachey & Peta (“Come and Get it Bae” by Pharrell Williams)

Tradl. /Modified Cha-Cha.                                    Judges’ scores 6-6-6.  My score 5.

The positive:  Good attitude, fun; didn’t do quite as well as I’d hoped. The judges over-scored him a little and should not coddle him. I hope for at least a little improvement, but not a lot; I think he’ll stay in the middle of the pack and won’t break out.

The negative/work on:  Hip looseness/rolls, rhythm, posture, open shoulders & chest fully in straight posture, footwork sometimes rather flat, don’t move body ahead toward next dance move a bit early.

He’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Drew Scott & Emma (“Our House” by Madness)

Trad./Modifiedl Foxtrot.                                        Judges’ scores total 16.  My score 6.5-7.

The positive:  An appropriate song! Sweet, good-looking couple and, of course, Emma is gorgeous. Good spins/leg extensions, pretty-good footwork. I like him–glad to have him on Dancing With The Stars! He’s very determined; I feel sure that he’ll continue to improve and do well.

The negative/work on:  Sometimes flat footwork, sometimes arms/hands not graceful (but still much better than what most FB players start out with).

He’s due for:  Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Derek Fisher & Sharna (“Basketball” by Kurtis Blow)

Traditional Salsa.                                                  Judges’ scores 6-6-6.  My score 6-7.

The positive:  An appropriate song! Rhythm, largely on beat; confidence on stage, esp. without Sharna at the opening of their dance. Lucky that he isn’t an ultra-tall former basketball player; he should overcome the forward-leaning posture fairly easily.

The negative/work on:  Open up to full height/straight posture (esp. for the Paso Doble later) and learn to roll hips around/sideways (why is it so hard for most guys to move their hips sideways?!). He should have done more dancing instead of twirling/lifting Sharna. Considering his rhythm, confidence and determination, I think he can do much more, if Sharna will give him her usually-great choreography.

He’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Jordan Fisher & Lindsay (“There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendes)

Traditional Tango.                                                 Judges’ scores 8-7-7.  My score 8.5.

The positive:  WOW! This is a really hard dance to pull off in Week 1, but he did it as though he learned it last year. Very-good focus/rhythm/legwork/footwork/turns/head movement/overall posture/hips/leading/confidence. Move out of the way or get rolled over! Judges under-scored him. My #3 DANCE OF THE NIGHT.

The negative/work on:  May need to learn to open shoulders/chest and dance largely when he gets into other kinds of dances, esp. the Paso Doble; we’ll see.

He’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Debbie Gibson & Alan (“In Your Eyes” by Debbie Gibson)

Traditional Foxtrot.                                                Judges’ scores 6-5-6.  My score 8.

The positive:  An appropriate song–love it! Lovely, graceful, comfortable, smooth; good posture/frame/footwork/arms/hands/timing. Judges under-scored her. I hope that the second half of the season, when most dancers rack up numerous injuries, won’t become too much for her to handle through her ongoing recovery from Lyme disease; her decades of formal dance training/experience may not be able to save her.

The negative/work on:  Keep shoulders down.

She’s due for: Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Vanessa Lachey & Maks (“Woman” by Kesha)

Traditional Cha-Cha.                                             Judges’ scores 7-7-7.  My score 8.5.

The positive:   WOW! Loved it! Darling/fun personality. Great rhythm, hip rolls, footwork, timing; arms/hands graceful; much better than hubby Nick. Judges under-scored her. My #2 DANCE OF THE NIGHT.

Work on:  Keep learning techniques and staying on track.

She’s due forFoxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Victoria Arlen & Val (“Born Ready” by Disco Fries, featuring Hope Murphy)

Traditional Cha-Cha.                                             Judges’ scores 7-6-6.  My score 7.

The positive:  So cute/fun/excited/joyous! She can’t feel her legs due to having been paralyzed for ten years, until last year; so, she did amazingly well and looked cute in those long fringy pants. Good posture; usually in rhythm/step/timing. Her accomplishments are cause for major celebration on Dancing With The Stars!

Work on: Keep doing what you’re doing.

She’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Barbara Corcoran & Keo (“Money Maker” by Ludacris, featuring Pharrell Williams)

Traditional Salsa.                                                   Judges’ scores 5-4-5.  My score 5.5.

The positive:  An appropriate song! She’s in great shape! Funny, too–entertaining. Trying to learn through her dyslexia can’t be easy, but I give her credit for trying and dancing better than I thought she might. Why do the producers too often give Keo the females who are likely to leave in the first few weeks? He’s a fab dancer and deserves more respect as a pro.

The negative/work on:  More rhythm/proper posture, energy level, timing; loosen up; get rid of the unnecessary silly stuff.

She’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Electronic Violinist Lindsey Stirling & Mark (“Don’t Worry” by Madcon)

Tradl. /Modified Cha-Cha.                                    Judges’ scores 7-8-7.  My score 9.

The positive:  WOW!  Cute/sweet, enthusiastic, positive, rhythm, timing, hips/legs/extensions/arms/hands/feet, pointed toes, flexible, animated facial expressions, really into it. Loved it! She’s adorable and fun. Can’t wait to see her in a lovely ballroom dance. Her dance skill should keep her here to the finals. Note: She’s had NO formal dance training/background. CAI and Bruno under-scored her while Len (surprise) gave her an 8. My #1 DANCE OF THE NIGHT.

The negative/work on:  Perfect posture with shoulders back to open the core/chest fully and become stronger.

She’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Sasha Pieterse & Gleb (“Like That” by Fleur East)

Tradl. /Modified Cha-Cha.                                  Judges’ scores total 18.  My score 5.5.

The positive:  She seems to want to be here and to keep learning.

The negative/work on:  I didn’t care for it and wasn’t very impressed by her dancing or her personality (maybe she was just shy and nervous); it wasn’t entertaining and was my most-disliked performance of the night. Needs more bounce, rhythm, timing, sharpness, hip-work, purposeful footwork, confidence, flow of movement. The judges over-scored her (who knows why).

She’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Nikki Bella & Artem (“So What!” by P!nk)

Mostly-Traditional Tango.                                   Judges’ scores 7-7-6.  My score 7.5.

The positive:  Again, this is a really-tough dance for Week 1, but she did well. Good rhythm/hip rolls/hold, graceful arms/hands, flexibility. She is not accustomed to being feminine and dressing up, but she’s adjusting well. I expect her to do a sharp Paso Doble. I’ll be eager to see how she does in ballroom dances, where there’s even less room for the kind of play that she’s used to.

The negative/work on:  Lift chest/neck/chin more; perfect footwork and leg-work.

She’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Cha-Cha, Samba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

Terrell Owens & Cheryl  (“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations)

Traditional Cha-Cha.                                             Judges’ scores 5-5-5.  My score 6.5.

The positive:  Rhythm, attitude, fun, really into it, entertaining. I like him! Love the song! Cheryl’s a good, strict teacher, and Terrell’s a good guy who’ll continue to do his best, so keep your eye on them.

The negative/work on:  Don’t bend forward due to your excessive height; instead, pull shoulders/chest fully up (esp. for the Paso Doble later) and make footwork more solid/sure/sharp.

He’s due for:  Foxtrot, Quickstep, Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Jive, Jazz, Charleston, Contemporary; Samba, Salsa, Tango, Argentine Tango, Rhumba, Paso Doble.

 

NEXT WEEK:  Monday AND Tuesday.

 

WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED NEXT WEEK?  Sasha Pieterse or Barbara Corcoran (sorry, Gleb and Keo—I want you to stay!). Then Nick Lachey.

 

MY IN-IT-TO-WIN-IT PICKS:  Lindsey Stirling, Vanessa Lachey, Jordan Fisher, Debbie Gibson.  Watch out for Drew Scott, Terrell Owens, Nikki Bella, Frankie Muniz, and Derek Fisher—they won’t go down easily.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE/BEST DANCERS? WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE TO SAY?  Let’s talk about Dancing with the Stars!

 

 

 

Vickie L. Weaver

Vickie L. Weaver

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