“Dancing With the Stars” hit Disney+ on Monday night, streaming live coast-to-coast, and the initial installment wrapped up with an elimination.
(Spoiler alert: This story reveals who went home on “DWTS.”)
At the end of the two-hour Season 31 premiere, which allowed for overnight voting via text, two couples were dropped in the bottom 2 – “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and pro Pasha Pashkov, and “Sex And the City” alum Jason Lewis and pro Peta Murgatroyd. And the finished couple became Lewis and Murgatroyd.
“I’m so sad I have to go home. It was amazing,” Lewis said, noting that everyone among the cast was so supportive during his brief stint on the show.
While Giudice and Lewis landed near the bottom of the leaderboard on Monday night with their pros, “Jersey Shore” Vinny Guadagnino and pro Coco Iwasaki were actually at the bottom. However, they were saved by text messages from viewers to go on until the next week – Elvis week.
Now the premiere of the live streaming show ended almost without any problems. At one point, host Tyra Banks announced the wrong pair at the top of the leaderboard, but noted that she had been misinformed and immediately corrected it.
Despite “Dancing With The Stars” being on streaming, the overall feel felt familiar, with the night running fast. Instead of commercials, in between competition dances, supporter troupes would come out and perform versions of the dances that the celebrities were supposed to perform.
“Let’s Make a Deal” host Wayne Brady came out as the early forerunner of the evening, scoring 29 out of 40 for his cha cha with pro partner Witney Carson.
“Welcome to Wayne’s dance floor. Level performance through the roof,” said judge Bruno Tonioli as Brady and Carson added some Michael Jackson-style moves with cha cha. “You’ve got it and you know what to do with it.”
Carrie Ann Inaba told Brady she was “fantastic”, while Chief Justice Len Goodman called her routine “the most-watched dance of the night ever”.
But more was yet to come. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum and “We’re Here” star Shangela hit the dance floor with Gleb Savchenko for a sassy salsa that impressed fourth judge Derek Hough.
“You were so brilliant. You have so much energy,” he said.
Selma Blair, who has multiple sclerosis, dances with Sasha Farber, whom she says is her neighbor. The pair performed a Viennese waltz that left others in the ballroom, including contestant Jordyn Sparks and supporter Pasha Pashkov.
“You really made magic tonight. It was gorgeous,” Tonioli said.
But TikTok star Charlie D’Amelio, who went last for Cha Cha with returnee Mark Ballas, topped the leaderboard.
“This performance is really the cherry on the cake,” Tonioli said.
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas – Cha Cha – 32/40
Wayne Brady & Witney Carson – Cha Cha – 29/40
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko – Salsa – 28/40
Gabby Windy & Val Chmerkovskiy – Jive – 28/40
Selma Blair & Sasha Farber – Viennese Waltz – 28/40
Daniel Durant & Britt Stewart – Fox Trot – 27/40
Jordyn Sparks & Brandon Armstrong – Cha Cha – 26/40
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev – Cha Cha – 24/40
Joseph Baena and Daniela Karagach – Jive – 23/4
Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel – Cha Cha – 21/40
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater – QuickStep – 21/40
Sam Champion & Cheryl Burke – Fox Trot – 20/40
Jesse James Decker & Alan Fut – Cha Cha – 20/40
Teresa Giudice & Pasha Pashkov – Tango – 20/40
Jason Lewis & Peta Murgatroyd – Cha Cha – 18/40
Vinny Guadagnino & Coco Iwasaki – Salsa – 17/4