‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 30 Premiere Begins and Ends with Girl Power
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The long awaited Dancing with the Stars season 30 premiere kicked off with a bang and host Tyra Banks lookin’ like a whole disco ball. Tonight, the 15 pairs of celebrities and professional dancers performed for the first time, and some hidden gems stormed out of the gate.
Spice Girls’ Mel C. kicked off the night by making all our dreams come true dancing to her own song “Wannabe.” With such an iconic song, no one stands a chance against Sporty Spice and her guns. The judges scored her a 27 out of 40, which was harsh, but they couldn’t just give her the trophy I guess.
Mike “The Miz,” Iman Shumpert, and Olivia Jade were all far better than expected. The Miz worked his energy surprising us all with a sultry body roll that earned him a score of 24.
“I’m getting it in, I was looking at my wife like there like hey Marie check this out!”
Iman Shumpert AKA the real Andre 3000 danced to “Hey Ya.” While I was super impressed with his footwork and energy, Len Goodman gave him just a four, earning him a total of 21 while YouTuber Olivia Jade ended with a 25.
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Jimmie Allen and his hilarious facial expressions earned a score of 22. Was he singing? Making side effects? Counting his steps? Who’s to say, but I loved it. He was the perfect act leading into Melora Hardin’s Tango. The former “The Office” star’s performance to “Simply Irresistible” literally looked like Jan doing her next over the top scheme to entangle Michael and Derek Hough said she was the one to watch. She earned a final score of 26.
Peloton fitness personality Cody Rigsby popped out with so much energy even pro Cheryl Burke looked scared. His commitment was rewarded when tough judge Len Goodman deemed him the one to watch this season and he earned a score of 24.
Olympian Suni Lee vaulted herself right to the top of the leaderboard with her major focus and score of 28. Amanda Kloots gave her no time up top as “The Talk” host soon earned her own score of 28.
Judge Bruno Tonioli, who seemed over the moon with excitement all night, announced: “my love you belong here.”
Who doesn’t belong here is Martin Kove who started his dance with a speech against weakness, worry, and nerves. The poor man looked winded just from giving his pre-dance speech and earned the lowest score of the night, just 13.
Chilling in the middle of the pack is Real Housewife Kenya Moore, who scored 26; Christine Chiu, who earned a 25 despite dislocating her rib during rehearsal; and Bachelor Matt James who scored a 24.
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Brian Austin Green, surprise surprise, is dancing this with girlfriend Sharna Burgess. The two met when Green was supposed to compete on the show last year, but took a role judging The Masked Dancer instead. The two took cute to the highest level with their pre-performance bickering/flirting. Even the judges were wooed by the chemistry between these two and scored them 24.
Finally, saving the best for last, JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson made history as the first same-sex partnership to compete on the show. JoJo is leading the partnership or as she said, she’s in the role of “the dude.” They wonderfully danced to “Are you gonna be my girl.”
“What I’d love to do is make truly being who you are easier for kids,” Siwa said. Despite Jenna taking a bit of a fall, the two women recovered and absolutely blew the world away with this performance. They earned a score of 29, which was the highest of the night.