Dancing With the Stars 2016 Premiere (DWTS) LIVE Recap: Season 22 Episode 1

Dancing With the Stars 2016 Premiere (DWTS) LIVE Recap: Season 22 Episode 1

Tonight on ABC Dancing With The Stars 2016 airs with an all new Monday March 21, season 22 premiere and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, the 22nd-season opener begins with 12 celebrities, including Von Miller, Kim Fields, Geraldo Rivera, Mischa Barton, Antonio Brown and Paige VanZant.

On tonight’s episode as per the ABC synopsis, “Dancing with the Stars” is back with an all-new celebrity cast ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere. The premiere episode will kick off with an exciting and dynamic opening number, featuring all of the celebrities and dancers, along with returning head judge Len Goodman.

The night continues with each couple dancing a cha cha, fox trot, jive, tango or quickstep, vying for America’s vote for the first time. No couples will be eliminated on week 1, and they will all advance to week 2 of the competition.”

Tune in tonight at 8 PM EST on ABC to watch all the stars from this season hit the ballroom. We’ll be recapping it for you live right here. In the meantime hit up our comments section and tell us who you are rooting for to take home the mirror ball trophy!

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Kim Fields & Sasha Farber dancing Cha Cha to “Sax” by Fleur East [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Len: “I liked it but not all of it, you have to get more pressure on your feet and you need some hip action. Good start though.” Bruno: “You can blow my sax and my whistle anytime, I love the way you let your hair down. Start with a lot of energy, you have to work on your foot action to get your hips going. But I loved it.” Carrie Ann: “You are like a firecracker, you have a lot of charisma, but don’t rush.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 6 Bruno: 7  = Total 20/30

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas dancing Fox Trot to “Ain’t Got Far To Go” by Jess Glynne [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Bruno: “You were turning, you were twirling and I wasn’t expecting you to be so light on your feet but you lack control and your timing has to be more precise.” Carrie Ann: “I think you are a goldmine there is so much potential and you had so much control. I think you should let go, you put out fantastic.” Len: “I liked it, the musicality with your arms, you still have a way to go. I thought you did a terrific job.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Bruno: 7 = Total 21/30

Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff dancing Fox Trot by “Sweet Caroline”by Neil Diamond [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Carrie Ann: “You did it but I could see you struggling, you had a few stumbles but you did go. People love underdogs here, but it is week one.” Len: “It had sparkle, it had gleam, next week you are doing Paso Doble, that is going to be your dance, come back strong.” Bruno: It was choppy waters, but work on the timing, the musicality, it can only get better.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Bruno: 5 = Total 15/30

Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe dancing Tango to “Confident” by Demi Lovato [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Len: “It had spirit, it had attack and sometimes it had attitude but it got a bit hectic. You got to work on it, keep your head still, but it was good.” Bruno: “I didn’t know you could be so alluring, the purpose you put into it was good. I thought it was a very strong performance overall.” Carrie Ann: “That was very impressive, your hands in the right place. Something was going on in your jaw, that made it looked almost like a snarl. Work on that, because that is the middle of it all.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 6 Bruno: 7 = Total 20/30

Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Sliwinska dancing Cha Cha to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Bruno: “Very cunning strategy, don’t give up way too much too soon, let them wait for it.” Carrie Ann: “It is so wonderful to have Edyta back, Geraldo I think you got distracted. You have incredible charisma, but you need to loosen up the joints and move a little.” Len: “Dancing for you is a work in progress, if you stop stepping on your heels that would be a good start.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 4 Bruno: 4 = Total 13/30

Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani dancing Quickstep to “Sparkling Diamonds”from “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Carrie Ann: “That was fun, you suited the role perfectly. You messed up a few times, but to start off like that – I can’t wait to see what you bring next week.” Len: “It was full of vim, vigor and vitality. There was no messing, straight into the routine. I thought that was terrific, you did good.” Bruno: “I’m loving the uptown bombshell, I think you found your calling. Forget “The Donald” you found your calling.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Bruno: 7 = Total 21/30

Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold dancing Cha Cha to “Motownphilly”by Boyz II Men [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Len: “There was more packed into that than Bruno’s makeup bag. I liked it, but some it was not my cup of tea. Your dancing was great and you could make it to the end of the road.” Bruno: “Dancing to your own tune and you were a big hit. Your timing was one, I loved the splitting the beat, you did it with ease.” Carrie Ann: “I loved it, you brought it all and damn. You are a total twinkle toes in the making.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7 Bruno: 8 = TOTAL 23/30

Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy dancing Jive to “Move” from the musical “Dreamgirls” [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Bruno: “The weather forecast is looking really good. You work well under high pressure, he was pushing you so hard and you kept it sharp and precise. Make sure you stretch the back of your knee.” Carrie Ann: “You remind me of Bindi Irwin, you have something phenomenal, it was pure joy.” Len: “The clouds parted and a ray of sunshine hit the floor. You could have straiten your legs more but you are a great dancer, well done.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7 Bruno: 8 = Total 23/30

Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev dancing Tango to “In the Night” by The Weeknd [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Carrie Ann: “It is so hard to come out here when you are not a natural dancer, I am so incredibly proud of you and I hope you stay on this journey.” Len: “It is not in my nature to be nasty, but that wasn’t a dance, that was walking. I can’t tell a lie, there was too much walking around, not enough of Tango, fire and attack. It is what it is.” Bruno: “You needed more spark, you have to act like you are on Broadway, reach for the gallery. You looked slightly sedated. Imagine you are dancing for Cinema Scope 3D.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Bruno: 6 = Total 16/30

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd dancing Cha Cha to “Cake by the Ocean”by DNCE [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Len: “I don’t know what I expected, but I didn’t expect that. Once you got into your NY step, it got better and better. Well done.” Bruno: “Are you for real, I have to touch you in case you are a fantasy. You could be America’s next top dancer.” Carrie Ann: “I have so many mixed emotions, at first I thought you were so hot and then you were in the pocket of the rhythm. This about team work and this is a beautiful team to watch.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7 Bruno: 8 = Total 23/30

Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess dancing Quickstep to “Bad Man” by Pitbull [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Bruno: “You remind me a little of Emmitt Smith, you have so much energy but you have to channel it correctly. Be a bit cleaner with your feet, you lost your definition. But, you have a lot of talent.” Carrie Ann: “You are like, there is something fantastic about you. You rocked it, I love this season, it is amazing.” Len: “This is a tough dance, there is a lot going on. There were a few incidents where you messed up a bit, but it was good.”

SCORES: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 6 Bruno: 7 = Total 21/30

Von Miller & Witney Carson dancing Fox Trot to “My House” by Flo Rida [VIDEO HERE]

Judges Comments: Carrie Ann: “There is all kinds of good going on tonight. You are smooth and silky, you guys just have to watch the height difference but you did great.” Len: “You didn’t take the soft option, you kept in hold. Well done.” Bruno: “It was hot, you got the moves now work on the trot. You have charisma and presence.”

SCORES:Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 6 Bruno: 7 = Total 21/30