Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad danced a Foxtrot, 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 Diana 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.
Diana Nyad and professional dancer Henry Byalikov: dancing a Foxtrot. Diana has been getting ready for his dance tonight. She tweeted, “You cannot imagine the myriad of nuances that need to be right in order to make the Foxtrot look like a Foxtrot.”
Judges comments: Bruno: “The million dollar mermaid. You did not do bad, you have to be a bit lighter. You are going in the right direction.” Carrie Ann: “You are like a slowly opening flower. I enjoyed watching you. That technique is going to take you far.” Len: “If determination and the will to make it through you are going to make it.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 6 Bruno: 6 TOTAL: 18/30 – Vote for Diana Nyad and professional dancer Henry Byalikov Voting #: 1-800-868-3411.
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