Olympic Ice Skating Champion Meryl Davis 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 Meryl Davis 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 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.
Meryl Davis and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy: dancing a Cha Cha CHa. Meryl has been getting ready for her dance tonight. She tweeted, “Little earthquake…umm, good morning? Happy show day! #DWTS18”
Judges comments: Carrie Ann: “That was really exciting to watch, you lit up the ballroom. I should expected it.” Len: “I tell you, you are nice on ice but good on wood.” Bruno: “You have to be the queen of spins. Watch the back of the legs, so good, what a debut.”
JUDGES SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 TOTAL: 24/30 – Vote for Meryl Davis and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy at Voting #: 1-800-868-34061-800-868-3406.
Watch the video below and let us know what you think? Do you think Meryl Davis did enough to avoid elimination next week? Sound out in the comments and let us know your thoughts?