Tonight on ABC the glitz and the glimmer returns to the ballroom! We have your all-new Monday, March 20, 2017, season 24 episode 1 Dancing With The Stars recap below! On tonight’s DWTS Season 24 premiere as per the ABC synopsis, “The 24th-season opener begins with 12 celebrities, including Mr. T; Simone Biles; Nancy Kerrigan; Chris Kattan; Rashad Jennings; Heather Morris; and David Ross. The Dances featured include the tango, cha-cha, salsa, Viennese waltz, and quickstep.”
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Tonight’s premiere of Dancing With The Stars kicks off with an exciting opening number featuring the Season 24 judges and pro dancers as they introduce the star-studded cast. There are tons of familiar faces like Heather Morris, Nick Viall, Nancy Kerrigan, Erika Jayne, and more!
Our hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews take the stage and introduce the first dance of the night. The first competitor to take the stage tonight will be Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei, with her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy.
Normani & Val’s Quickstep (VIDEO HERE)
Len Goodman: Well it was a bit long-winded getting down on the dance floor, but I must say once you got down here you were totally committed and full of energy. You got to get a little bit more body contact going, but first dance and it was first class. Well done!
Julianne Hough: I have to disagree a little bit, you have to set the stage and set the tone, basically what I was saying was I thought it was a great way to come out and show us that you belong on the stage. Your quick step was quick and precise, I loved it!
Bruno Tonioli: Give it to me I’m worth it! Oh, yes! And she did give it to me! I liked the fact that you put your own personal style in it. Individual style is great and it worked in your advantage. A little bit more precision here and there. Very well done!
Carrie Ann Inaba: The entrance was a bit long, but I liked it, some of the lines you were doing you were sort of teasing us. I was like okay it better be good, sexy quickstep moves. It was sexy and light, you guys got to do a little bit more partnering, don’t do all your own choreography. But, it was very good.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Len Goodman: 6 Julianne: 7 Bruno: 7 Total: 27/40
Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is up next with her pro partner Artem.
Nancy & Artem’s Viennese Waltz (VIDEO HERE)
Julianne Hough: First of all like every one else in this room, it’s such an honor to watch your dance. You are so inviting when you’re dancing, I just want to be wrapped up in your beautiful arms, georgeous and graceful. You got a little bumpy at times, so watch your footwork, and also with spotting it’s a little different than when you’re skating.
Bruno Tonioli: Off Nancy my dear, nothing frozen about that. That’s for sure. It was warm, comfortable, and I felt enveloped by a cashmere shawl. It just made you feel good. That’s what I like. A tiny thing to end, when you extend your leg it doesn’t stop at your foot, through your foot and in to the air. Very nice!
Carrie Ann Inaba: Actually I thought it was a beautiful first dance, you suited the song and the style. It was just so easy to watch, I agree with Julianne, work on your spot and on your focus. Dream yourself somewhere beautiful, because you dance beautifully.
Len Goodman: It had flow, the movement was expressive, you are a pairing with great promise, well done!
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Julianne: 7 Bruno: 7 Total: 28/30
Saturday Night Lives’ Chris Kattan is up next with his pro partner Witney Carson.
Chris & Witney’s Cha-Cha
Julianne Hough: Everyone has their own thing, and you did your thing. Don’t lose that, own it. The next dance you do, focus on the choreography and don’t lose you. Own it!
Bruno Tonioli: It was the perfect interpretation or a cha-cha-cha, a day after a very long night at the Roxbury. The cha-cha-cha I am not sure, it belonged to an alternative universe.
Carrie Ann Inaba: You hit my soft spot, one of my favorite things in the world is goofy bad dancing. I loved that, it’s so fun and so you. It was the best lift I have ever seen a guy execute so close to the mirror ball. Next week I want to see a little looser, you became all tense when it came to choreography.
Len Goodman: If you were trying to do goofy bad dancing, then you pulled it off. The only good thing about that Cha-Cha is I don’t have to watch it again. I’m a fan of your’s Chris, but that wasn’t up to standard. The great thing about the first week is no one is going, you have an opportunity to come back.
Scores Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 4 Julianne: 4 Bruno: 4 Total: 17/40
Professional Bull Fighter Bonner Bolton is up next with his pro partner Sharna Burgess.
Bonner & Sharna’s Cha-Cha (VIDEO HERE)
Julianne Hough: I’m a sucker for a country guy. So much potential, when you are hitting your marks you’re really solid and you nail it. You got to trust yourself and just do it!
Bruno Tonioli: How can you resist a cowboy with a killer forward thrust. Sharna, you are in for a ride of a lifetime. And, if you’re not, plenty of other people are. Timing, and be careful not to be flat footed, articulate your footing especially in the Latin dances.
Carrie Ann Inaba: Bonner, Bonner, please don’t be a Connor! You are WOW! You ooze a chemistry together that is ridiculous. It was like watching Brad Pitt and Thelma and Louise. Whats fantastic about you, not only do you have the looks, you have the moves. You’re core strength is really nice, you center yourself between the legs, and wow I got to stop there.
Len Goodman: Well, your dancing is a work in progress. It’s not quite there yet. But, I can see great potential, wonderful chemistry. Work hard, come back strong.
Scores Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 5 Julianne: 5 Bruno: 6 Total: 22/40
Actress and comedienne Charo is up next with her pro partner Keo.
Charo and Keo’s Salsa (VIDEO HERE)
Julianne Hough: Can I just come hang out with you? That was more than I expected from you, you are just the spicy queen of everything. You were doing your turns, you are hot girl.
Bruno Tonioli: I think I saw your coochie coochie by the way!
Carrie Ann Inaba: When you came on it was like someone turned the lightswitch on high, you were high voltage. You did the choreography great, your turns were spectacular. Maybe there was a misstep on the wrong foot, but you’re so cute.
Len Goodman: Shaking your moroccos and strutting your stuff, work a little more on your technique. The performance, you have nailed.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 5 Julianne: 5 Bruno: 5 Total: 21/40
Bachelor Nick Viall is up next with his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Nick & Peta’s Salsa
Julianne Hough: I know you have the passion and determination to keep going, but you need to work on your feet. They’re kind of like pancake feet. Make sure you have contact with the floor. Your arms, keep them big, open up like this. And I know that you don’t quit, so come back and show us what you have next week.
Bruno Tonioli: Nick, for a Bachelor, how dare you look like a pop idol. I liked the feeling, it was kind of like Justin timberlake. You used your strengths. But, your hands, they look like claws, you can’t grab a girl like that.
Carrie Ann Inaba: You have a lot of potential, you executed everything nicely. But, you need to calm down a little, if you just relax I the movement will be much better to look at.
Len Goodman: Your feet control your legs, your hands control your arms. If you don’t get it, you will be a bit discombobulated. But first week, good job.Scores
Scores: Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 6 Julianne: 6 Bruno: 6 Total: 24/40
Glee star Heather Morris is up next with her pro partner Maks Chmerkovskiy.
Heather & Maks’ Viennese Waltz
Julianne Hough: Everyone sort of has high expectations, but being a ballroom dancer is very different from what you are trained in. I want you guys to all realize it’s very different, and you are putting time and energy in to something you have never done before. It was beautiful, had a youthful exuberance, and it was great well done.
Bruno Tonioli: Ohh, the Beauty and the Beast. I think we re in for some magic here, the partnership is interesting. The routine was beautiful, simple, and effective, I loved it.
Carrie Ann Inaba: Heather, your lines are beautiful. I felt like you were hiding your personality behind the choreography. I felt like I got to know everyone a little bit tonight, but I didn’t get to do that with you. But, your lines are beautiful, great job.
Len Goodman: I think you are a very accomplished dancer, Maks you have always been a great trainer. You’re a match made in heaven, and good luck to you.
Scores Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Julianne: 7 Bruno: 7 Total: 28/40
Major League Baseball player David Ross is up next with his pro partner Lindsay Arnold.
David & Lindsay’s Quickstep
Julianne Hough: That was anything but Gramps to me, that was hot and amazing. You’re quick and light on your feet, I love this pairing, you’re awesome. I’m predicting you are going to go far in this competition.
Bruno Tonioli: It was like watching a quickstep on the field of dreams. Gramps no more, you were like a teenager on spring break.
Carrie Ann Inaba: That was so much fun! That was one of my favoarite dances of the night, I didn’t expect that from you. You kind of came out of the gate and were charming and smooth, you were like floating. Well done!
Len Goodman: Quickstep content was good, you kept your head to the left, it wasn’t a homerun but you made it to first base.
Scores Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Julianne: 7 Bruno: 7 Total: 28/40
Real Housewives’ Erika Jayne is up next with her pro partner Gleb.
Erika & Gleb’s Salsa
Julianne Hough: Well I would say that you are a real life unicorn, and I liked the Instagram live thing today. You are out here trying to show that women should embrace their sensuality and you are awesome. I would have liked to see a little more salsa content, because when you were doing it, it was great. Bruno Tonioli: all sexed up and ready to go. It felt like a normal night in the palace with the unicorn. There’s a thing about balance when you dance in high-heels, the transfer of weight has to be very smooth. Work on that.
Bruno Tonioli: all sexed up and ready to go. It felt like a normal night in the palace with the unicorn. There’s a thing about balance when you dance in high-heels, the transfer of weight has to be very smooth. Work on that.
Carrie Ann Inaba: I am going to agree with Bruno, about the weight on your heels, but you are fabulous. I would like to see in the future you go out of your comfort zone, I want to see some of your elegant side in the future.
Len Goodman: Well I thought you came out full of flare and confidence, for me it was a little bit too raunchy.
Scores Carrie Ann: 6 Len: 6 Julianne: 6 Bruno: 6 Total: 24/40
NFL player Rashad Jennings is up next with his pro partner Emma Slater.
Rashad & Emma’s Cha-Cha
Julianne Hough: First of all, welcome back Emma, missed you so much. Second of all, that was the best dance of the night so far! Not only did you nail the technical aspects, but you had your own groove and your own flavor. You have the magic to make it all the way.
Bruno Tonioli: That really was the revelation of the night, cool as a cucumber and on it all the way. I can’t believe what I seen.
Carrie Ann Inaba: Bring on the swagger, you have the moves and the magic. And, now you have all of our attentions, because that was killer.
Len Goodman: You got a little ahead of the music just here and there. You have to watch all parts of the dance, not just be mesmerized. He goes off time. I don’t care [arguing with Julianne…]. WE aren’t the viewers at home, watching the performance and charisma, we are here to judge the dance. I thought it was terrific, well done.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 7 Julianne: 8 Bruno: 8 Total: 31/40
Mr. T is up next with his pro partner Kym Johnson.
Mr. T & Kym’s Cha-Cha
Julianne Hough: That little swivel thing, Ohh that was good. I loved that! You are everything, and I love your heart. I think your heart is what this shw is all about. I can’t wait until next week.
Bruno Tonioli: Mr. T still the king of bling! It was enough aggression to cover the Cha-Cha. Not too much for the first week, just to keep us hooked for the second week.
Carrie Ann Inaba: It was so frustrating, you’re like a boss on the dance floor but you have a lot of mistakes. One too many times. But, I want to see you next week and do it right, because you’re a badass.
Len Goodman: Well Mr. T the T doesn’t stand for technique, but it does stand for tenacity and trying your hardest. Well done!
Scores Carrie Ann: 5 Len: 5 Julianne: 5 Bruno: 5 Total: 20/40
Gymnast Simone Biles is up next with her pro partner Simone Biles.
Simone & Sasha’s Tango
Julianne Hough: It’s so hard to wait until the end of the night to go. So, first of all, that was amazing. great way to end the night. You are the whole package, your frame, your footwork, and posture. And, if you make it to the freestyles, those backsprings are going to be, whoa!
Bruno Tonioli: You’re so deliciously lovely, I can’t begin to tell you. What surprises me is your placement, the poise you gave us, in this wonderfully placed dance. Well done!
Carrie Ann Inaba: Wow! You guys are the power couple, my goodness. That was exquisite technique of power and elegance all wrapped in a crunchy tango, well done!
Len Goodman: It was a great balance between performance and dance content. It was crisp and clean, and that was the dance of the night.
Scores Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Julianne: 8 Bruno: 8 Total: 32/40
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