Three-time World Cup Para-snowboard Amy Purdy danced a Cha Cha Cha, on tonight’s season 18 premeire of Dancing with the Stars. For the first time ever the show will premiere with a massive opening number featuring all pro dancers as they perform live with musical guest Jason Derulo. We posted a nifty bio of Amy Purdy so you can get more familiar with her. If you missed tonight’s show you can read a full and detailed recap, right here.
On tonight’s show each couple performed a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporaryroutine, vying for America’s vote. How will couples be sent home this year? Well this year, the elimination will be based on both the judges’ scores and viewer votes from the current week — meaning that the pair who will be eliminated will have already been determined before they dance the following week, but they won’t know it.
This year the competition will also feature a new game-changing twist called “The Switch Up.” For the first time ever, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at one point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.
Amy Purdy and professional dancer Derek Hough: dancing a Cha Cha Cha. Amy has been getting ready for her dance tonight. She tweeted, “Oh #Jetlag. I thought by dancing till 11 and going to bed at 1 would put you in your place. Up at 5:30 with enough energy to run a marathon.”
Judges comments: Len: “We can’t judge you any different than any other star. It is all about the dancing. You got a gold medal tonight in the Cha Cha.” Bruno: “We have wonder women, timing, shape, performance level, I am gob-smacked.” Carrie Ann: “I am shocked. You are a beacon of light in this world. It was a honor to watch you dance.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 TOTAL: 24/30 – Vote for Amy Purdy and professional dancer Derek Hough at Voting #: 1-800-868-34101-800-868-3410.
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