Legendary leading man Billy Dee Williams danced a Cha Cha Cha, on tonight’s season 18 première 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 Billy Dee Williams so you can get more familiar with him. 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 Contemporary routine, 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.
Billy Dee Williams and professional dancer Emma Slater: dancing a Cha Cha Cha. Cody has been getting ready for her dance tonight. She tweeted, “Getting ready for #DWTS premiere tonight. Watch Emma Slater and I at 8|7c on ABC!”
Judges comments: Bruno: “Bill may the force be with you. I can never forgive you for freezing Hans Solo. You played it really dainty. I want bigger and more powerful.” Carrie Ann: “You are definitely the most relaxed dancer I have ever seen, we are going to need more from you next week.” Len: “You were on time, you did not forget your routine. You just have to come out with more. You did a good job, well done.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Bruno: 5 TOTAL 15/30 – Vote for Billy Dee Williams and professional dancer Emma Slater at Voting #: 1-800-868-3405.
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