Olympic Ice Dancing Champion Charlie White danced a Contemporary routine, 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 Charlie White 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.
Charlie White and professional dancer Sharna Burgess: dancing a Contemporary. Charlie has been getting ready for her dance tonight. She tweeted, “Ready to rock the house with our emotional contemporary dance″
Judges comments: Carrie Ann: “You guys are a perfect match. It is an interesting combination. I love the union, it was poetry in motion.” Len: “This was a good dance for you, it was the perfect dance. Fantastic!” Bruno: “You’re an artist, the attention to detail was incredible. it had a dramatic story arc. When you start at this level it is a high standard to maintain. That was astonishing.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 9 TOTAL: 27/30 – Vote for Charlie White and professional dancer Sharna Burgess at Voting #: 1-800-868-34071-800-868-3407.
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