The Season 20 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) aired on Mar. 16, 2015 on ABC. Which stars stood out amongst the others in the first episode of the show’s new season? Read on to learn more about this scoop.
ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” returns on TV with Season 20, which marks its 10th Anniversary. The show kicked off with an opening credits montage, where stars showed off their respective skills on the dance floor.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews welcomed the audience for an all-new DWTS. Gethin Jones was also introduced as the new host for the “DWTS: All Access.”
Back at the judges’ table are Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy immediately became a crowd favorite. The pair performed a sensual Foxtrot, for which judges raved their performance. Inaba already claims that the pair is “in it to win it!” Goodman calls their performance as “the dance of the night.” Hough believes that they are the pair to watch and ends up with a total of 32 points.
Nastia Liukin and five-time champion Derek Hough performed the foxtrot. Goodman calls their routine, “sweet and delicious.” The pair ends up with 31 points.
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker wowed the judges and audience with their performance of The Jive. Tonioli screamed, “The rocket rocker” at Lynch. He even said that Lynch’s performance was the next coolest thing he has ever seen since his friend Billy Idol. In the end, Lynch and Holker gathered a total of 31 points.
Music legend Patti LaBelle and partner Artem Chigvintsev were next and the pair performed a Foxtrot to LaBelle’s song, “Lady Marmalade.” Hough called LaBell a “gorgeous, graceful goddess.” The rest of the judges also raved on their performance. The pair scored a total of 25 points.
“The Bachelor” star Chris Soules and defending DWTS champion Witney Carson came in next and performed The Jive. Soules didn’t really hit it on the dance floor. On the other hand, he only received tips into channeling his inner dancer. Goodman tells him, “You need some polish” and the pair received 26 points.
U.S. army veteran Noah Galloway and partner Sharna Burgess wowed the audience and judges with his performance of the Cha Cha. Tonioli tells him that he is “a titan among men.” Inaba tries to hold back her tears as she says, “That was truly inspiring.” Galloway and Burgess ended up with 26 points.
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