'Dancing with the Stars' season 27 week 1 recap: A shocking act, an injured shoulder, and an inappropriate joke
While the super glittery costumes weren't the only things sizzling in the room, the other surprises - even though not as shocking - still managed to leave the judges awestruck.
It's been a whole week since the season 27 of ABC's hit reality show, 'Dancing with the Stars' premiered, and shocking moments and an elimination round later, 'DWTS' is left with 12 out of the initial 13 dancing duos. As expected, the season premiere was full of impressive moves and stellar performances - some with exceptional effort and others not so much. And oh, there was some sniping going on between the judges too!
While the super glittery costumes weren't the only things sizzling in the room, the other surprises - even though not as shocking - still managed to leave the judges awestruck. From marvelous performances to acts never-seen-before, and of course, the inevitable on-the-floor injury that happened to arrive in the opening episode itself - here's a quick recap of everything.
First things first - this year's 'DWTS' saw for the first time ever, a visually impaired contestant performing on its dance floor. The performance was courtesy Paralympian skier Danelle Umstead, who - even though visually impaired - still managed to showcase a powerful performance and incredible courage, which made for the most memorable moment of the night.
With her partner on the show, Artem Chigvintsev, and their exceptionally well-choreographed foxtrot to 'Rise Up' by Andra Day, Danelle managed to bag a whopping 18 out of 30. But things got even more emotional post-performance when her husband Rob and her guide dog, Aziza, arrived at the ballroom floor to express their love and support for Danelle - something that moved both judges and audience alike to tears.
Speaking to reporters backstage, Danelle said: "I was really vulnerable up there but I showed my true emotions and being the first blind dancer on the show, it's a proud moment. I hope to show America more."
Next was Grocery store Joe, who managed to steal hearts yet again by his charming looks and a glowing smile, even though his performance wasn't up to the par. Gymnast Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber did an awesome cha-cha rendition on Bruno Mars' 'Treasure.' Disney channel's Zombies' actor Milo Manheim and Witney Carson performed the cha-cha on 'Free Free Free' by Pitbull featuring Theron Theron, while our very own 'Harry Potter' star Luna Lovegood, aka Evanna Lynch and her pro-partner Keo Motsepe indulged the audience into a little Foxtrot to 'Do You Believe in Magi' by Aly & AJ.
The most incredibly beautiful performances of the night were courtesy three celebrities and their respective pro-partners. Former NFL star DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold floored the audience and judges with their exceptional cha-cha performance, scoring 8, 7, 8 and reaching a peak total of 23 out of 30 points. If judge Carrie Ann is to be believed, his athleticism and charisma are sure to help him walk the long road to the finals.
Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong followed close as they danced, and jived, and the 25-year-old Tinashe emerged as the dancing queen of the night! Their scores were 8, 7, 8 - making for a total of 23 out of 30 points which is pretty commendable, as the duo's driving force is the pro, Brandon, who has embarked on the journey of a pro for the first time ever.
And now he wants to see if he can help bag a win. But looks like he's already on the exact right path he should be aiming for, as judge Len Goodman believes their audience-favorite performance was full of “snap, crackle, and pop.”
The third in line was 'Fuller House' actor Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke, who packed up the salsa heat on the dance floor and were able to score 7, 7, 8, thus gaining a total of 22 out of 30 points. Despite the technical issues battled by the duo in their performance, Len - who is easily the toughest to impress - still believes it was a “top rate” dance.
But the most shocking moment of the night arrived when radio personality, author and comedian, Bobby Bones, arrived at the dance floor and with hyper levels of energy, delivered an 'exquisitely demented' performance, that left him injured. He and his pro-partner, Sharna Burgess, performed a super excited, fast-paced jive to Travis Tritt’s 'T-R-O-U-B-L-E.' Bones, much like Grocery Store Joe aka Joe Amabile, had no prior experience in dance before the reality series, but all's well that ends well and both the men managed to escape the impending round of elimination in Tuesday's episode.
Speaking of elimination, the least scorers of the night who were to perform again on Tuesday were comedian Nikki Glaser, gymnast Mary Lou Retton, blind Paralympian Danelle Umstead, model Alexis Ren, and former 'Facts of Life' star, Nancy McKeon. Glaser was eventually the one to bear the blow of this season's first round of elimination, but her poor performance wasn't the only thing contributing to it.
Glaser decided to tell host Tom Bergeron right before her elimination that she had "a lot of rejection in my life and a lot of rough sets" when asked about her being in the least scorer's list on Tuesday night. Bergeron, since it's a prime time family show, clarified right away that Glaser had said "rough sets," not "sex." However, Nikki didn't help matters, and proceeded to quip that she's "had both."
The audience's reaction to the joke said it all, as they took to subtly slamming the barely right for prime time joke, with ample groans. What was even more so particularly cringe-worthy was the fact that this was the night that 'DWTS' was about to promote the adorable contestants of their upcoming spinoff, 'DWTS: Juniors.'
'Dancing with the Stars' returns with a brand new episode 3 on Monday, October 1 at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC.