Beyoncé Gets Bashed on ‘DWTS’ Premiere – Last Night Recap

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On the Dancing With the Stars premiere we saw the couples meet and perform their first routines. But who pulled out a showstopper, and who crashed and burned?

But before all of that, our queen was disrespected.

When Ally danced a cha-cha to a remix of one of her singles with Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home”. There was a small stumble or two but overall it was one of the best technical performances of the night. The judges were pretty harsh on this team, commenting on a lack of content (which for some reason was called out for some dances that deserved it but not others). Len compared the more sexual moves unfavorably to Beyoncé, prompting booing from the crowd and teasing from Tom for the rest of the show. Len tends to say what’s on his mind whether we like it or not, but he may be paying for it tonight by tipping off the Beyhive!

And Len, there is no such thing as “too much Beyoncé.” Stay in your lane.

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are back, as are judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli. Each dance received a score of 1-10 from each judge, for a maximum total of 30 points. How did everyone do? Let’s take a look a all of tonight’s routines!

The Teams and Their First Dances

Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v28P25PsOXQ
Hannah and Alan’s Cha-Cha on Dancing With the Stars

Hannah and Alan kicked off the show with a cha-cha to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. Her nerves were apparent and likely a big part of the balance issues the judges commented on, but it was super fun and set the bar high for the rest of the contestants. We have to side-eye Erin’s hinting at a romance between the two, though. Hannah has said she wants to step away from that on DWTS after all the Bachelorette drama and Alan just went down that road last season with model Alexis Ren…and it didn’t turn out too well for him.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Total: 20/30

Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tqVf6_8zx0
Kel and Witney’s Tango on Dancing With the Stars

Kel is known for being a comedian, and his dance began with him entering the ballroom via slide, but he got a no-nonsense Tango to “Sucker” as his assignment for the week. Tango is a very tough dance and honestly probably should be withheld until a few weeks into the competition but he did a pretty good job with tackling it. The judges commented on his foot and frame issues, as well as how “jumpy” the dance was. Still, he was definitely shortchanged on the scores, especially compared to some dances which came later.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 6
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 5
Total: 16/30

Kate Flannery & Pasha Pashkov

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep8c-oXIXyA
Kate and Pasha’s Cha-Cha on Dancing With the Stars

First off, a big welcome to Pasha for his first season as a DWTS pro! He and Kate had a cha-cha to “She Works Hard For The Money” which proved to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the evening. Great performance skills, a decent start on technique, and she even threw in a little singing at the beginning! The judges admired her go-getter attitude but cautioned her to work on straightening her legs so as to help her hip action. Her scores were appropriate, though in no universe was this as good as Kel’s Tango. What were Len and Bruno thinking?

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 5
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 5
Total: 15/30

Lamar Odom & Peta Murgatroyd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKPs1JC6yyI
Lamar Odom & Peta Murgatroyd on Dancing With The Stars

Lamar and his size 15 feet danced a foxtrot to “Feeling Good”. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t feeling too good after his performance. He pretty much just walked around and as Len put it, “lacked finesse”. This was the first instance of the 3 paddle showing up since Michael Bolton’s jive in Season 11, and the lowest total score since Steve Wozniak’s Samba in Season 8, proving that the judges really do mean business this season.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 5
Len Goodman: 3
Bruno Tonioli: 3
Total: 11/30

Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a5_cWfeQaU
Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko on Dancing With The Stars

Lauren is clearly HYPED to be on DWTS and performed an enthusiastic cha-cha to “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”, a song which did not suit the style of dance at all. Nevertheless, she still did a great job despite that and the fact that too much of the routine consisted of posing on chairs and the ballroom floor instead of actual dance content. But what little cha-cha she was given to do was executed quite well.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 6
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Total: 19/30

Sailor Brinkley-Cook & Val Chmerkovskiy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d_Owu6r_dU
Sailor Brinkley-Cook & Val Chmerkovskiy on Dancing With The Stars

Val was originally going to be dancing with Sailor’s mother, Christie Brinkley, and as much fun as it was to see Sailor dance the video package made us sad Christie would be out for the season (due to what she claimed her doctor said was one of the worst broken arms he’d ever seen). Sailor performed a foxtrot to “Uptown Girl”, a routine originally designed for her mother but one that also turned out to be pretty well-suited to her. We’re not going to lie, it was pretty sloppy in parts and probably overscored but considering how little rehearsal time she had (less than three days) we have to give major kudos to Sailor.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 6
Len Goodman: 6
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Total: 18/30

Karamo & Jenna Johnson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kewbJdeP3co
Karamo & Jenna Johnson on Dancing With The Stars

You know there was a severe lack of content in a routine when we had to rewind to figure out whether this dance to “Juice” was a cha-cha or a salsa. (It was the latter, which explains why Karamo and his dream partner Jenna didn’t get in trouble for incorporating lifts into the performance.) We agree with Len’s criticisms for the lack of hip action, which is very important in a salsa, but were baffled at Carrie Ann’s claims of Karamo being “reserved” and the routine being “underwhelming” from a performance perspective. Were we even watching the same dance?

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 6
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Total: 17/30

Ray Lewis & Cheryl Burke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3F445pc2m8
Ray Lewis & Cheryl Burke on Dancing With The Stars

Ray and Cheryl did a fun salsa to “Hot in Herre”. Bruno’s commentary focused on his incorrect steps, but Len said he had “great potential”. His energy was pretty good, but we did notice he was pretty hunched over for most of the dance.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 5
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 5
Total: 15/30

Mary Wilson & Brandon Armstrong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcatLDiJeec
Mary Wilson & Brandon Armstrong on Dancing with the Stars

Mary danced a foxtrot to “Baby Love”, a song by her group The Supremes. She managed to not miss a beat, even when she was fixing her hair in the middle of the dance floor! Carrie Ann complimented her on her “elegance” and we think Mary and Brandon are going to be one of the most fun teams of Season 28.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 6
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Total: 17/30

Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdDRrnZIu-w
Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber on Dancing With The Stars

Ally danced a cha-cha to a remix of one of her singles with Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home”. There was a small stumble or two but overall it was one of the best technical performances of the night. The judges were pretty harsh on this team, commenting on a lack of content (which for some reason was called out for some dances that deserved it but not others). Len compared the more sexual moves unfavorably to Beyoncé, prompting booing from the crowd and teasing from Tom for the rest of the show. Len tends to say what’s on his mind whether we like it or not, but he may be paying for it tonight by tipping off the Beyhive!

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 5
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Total: 16/30

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YBEceR7oeM
Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold on Dancing With The Stars

Ah yes, we finally got the inevitable pun song of the evening with this salsa to “Spice Up Your Life”. Between the cheesy lime green Latin shirt Sean was wearing and pineapple bra on Lindsay’s dress I was expecting them to go the full-on comedy route with this but the choreography consisted of salsa basics customized to Sean’s (very low) skill level.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 4
Len Goodman: 4
Bruno Tonioli: 4
Total: 12/30

James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR6qeMyY_Mg
James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater on Dancing With The Stars

Tango tends to be a relatively boring dance for viewers to watch and a difficult one for celebrities to do the first week, but clearly no one told that to James and Emma because this was absolute fire! It struck the perfect balance between class and sexuality and his technique was pretty darn good for the first week.

Scores

Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonioli: 7
21/30

Week 1 Leaderboard

James & Emma: 21
Hannah & Alan: 20
Lauren & Gleb: 19
Sailor & Val: 18
Karamo & Jenna: 17
Mary & Brandon: 17
Ally & Sasha: 16
Kel & Witney: 16
Kate & Pasha: 15
Ray & Cheryl: 15
Sean & Lindsay: 12
Lamar & Peta: 11

Be sure to tune in to Dancing With the Stars next Monday at 8/7 c on ABC for your first opportunity to vote for your favorites couples on the ABC website! The show will also feature the first elimination of the competition and an announcement about a change in the judges’s power this season.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia Delbel
Julia Delbel

Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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