'DWTS' Season 31: Fans feel Artem has a lot to work on as they sense 'awkwardness' in Heidi's performance

'DWTS' Season 31: Fans feel Artem has a lot to work on as they sense 'awkwardness' in Heidi's performance
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev in 'DWTS' Season 31 (Instagram/dancingwiththestars)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Heidi D'Amelio is perhaps best known as the mother of two of the most famous names on social media today, Charli and Dixie, but on the premiere night of 'Dancing With The Stars,' she was a star in her own right. Despite her standout performance with her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev, viewers noticed some uneasiness, which they hope would fade with each act.

The 31st season of 'Dancing with the Stars,' it's a battle of the generations! For the first time in the franchise's run, a mother and daughter are competing against each other for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy and the title of champion, with social media superstar Charli D'Amelio and her mother Heidi making their way to the dance floor. Charli will partner up with Mark Ballas. The rivalry between the stars of Hulu's 'The D'Amelio Show' is already simmering, and viewers on social media appear to have taken sides after their first performance.


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Lady Marmalade is the cha-cha tune of choice for the renowned mum. Heidi stated that she has been a fan of 'Dancing with the Stars' since Charli was a baby. The D'Amelio family has grown in popularity among fans over the years, and they are now a household brand with their own Hulu show.

Heidi D'Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev wore black and crimson rose-embroidered dresses as they danced to Lady Marmalade. "Carry on like this and everything's coming up roses," judge Bruno advises. The judges basically told her to have fun. She receives 6 from all the judges, including Carrie Ann, Len, Derek, and Bruno, bringing her total to 24 out of 40.

Even though Mama D'Amelio opened with a decent score, fans at home could sense her awkwardness throughout her performance. Praising her pro partner Artem for fully taking the lead, a viewer wrote: "Heidi looked really nervous, but Artem offered her tremendous support. #DWTS." One fan felt the beginning of her dance was very awkwardly done: "The beginning of Heidi’s dance was done so awkwardly. Ruined the whole thing for me. #DWTS." Heidi's uneasiness also made some fans think she was having some wardrobe malfunction: "Why do I have the feeling Heidi was on the constant verge of a wardrobe malfunction? #DWTS." Another fan simply called her performance 'stiff': "heidi was giving stiff #DWTS."





Hoping Heidi will regain some confidence over the weeks, one viewer wrote: "Okay Heidi looks smokin’! Hoping she gets more dance confidence as the weeks go on but solid performance. I give Heidi 6 Mirrorballs! #DWTS." Calling Heidi's first performance of the season 'lukewarm' a fan tweeted: "I got a lot of s*** for not picking Heidi for my draft, but that was very lukewarm. I do think she has potential but I didn't see her own the dance like I wanted her to. #DWTS." One fan was kind enough to share some pointers for the TikTok mom: "Heidi was good, but I think she needs to hit her moves a little sharper. I have a feeling she’s going to be better in the ballroom dances. She has a lot of potential. #dwts." Another fan wrote how much Artem will have to work to make this pairing work: "Heidi's pretty good! You can really see her uncertainty sometimes, but she has SO much potential. Artem's hot a lot to work with. #dwts #DancingWiththeStars #DWTS31."





You can catch up on all the live singing of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 31 on Disney+.

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