Tonight was the premiere of DWTS Season 18 What did you think of tonight’s show?
Tonight was the premiere of DWTS Season 18 What did you think of tonight’s show?
Dancing with the Stars season 18 is back and as usual, we’re back with a list of music from the premiere of DWTS. As always, be sure to check out our full list of Dancing with the Stars music throughout the season. That page will update each week as we post the music.
What did you think of the new band?
NeNe & Tony danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Give It 2 U”
James & Peta danced a Foxtrot to the song “Story of My Life” —One Direction
Danica & Val danced a Foxtrot to the song “Walk Away” —Kelly Clarkson
Sean & Karina danced a Contemporary to the song “Somewhere Only We Know” —Keane
Billy Dee & Emma danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Star Wars Theme”
Meryl & Maks danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “All Night” —Icona Pop
Candace & Mark danced a Contemporary to the song “Burn” —Ellie Goulding
Cody & Witney danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Timber” —Pitbull feat. Kesha
Drew & Cheryl danced a Foxtrot to the song “Money (That’s What I Want)” —Barrett Strong
Amy & Derek danced a Cha-cha-cha to the song “Counting Stars” —OneRepublic
Diana & Henry danced a Foxtrot to the song “Beyond the Sea” —Bobby Darin
Charlie & Sharna danced a Contemporary to the song “Let Her Go” —Passenger
Well, as I said on twitter, if I wanted to see non-DWTS professional dancers, I would watch SYTYCD. Come on – last season’s opener was so fantastic, this one was just a FAIL on all accounts.
NeNe as surprising entertaining! And the bit with James and Peta was entertaining – and he surprised me with his dancing. But, the thing to remember is that they’ve had two weeks on this first dance – only the ringers will be really able to sustain that level in weeks 2 and 3, I think.
Danica may be a super ringer, but she’s also super annoying, but in a different way from her partner. :-D
Well…Billy Dee is older. This is the season they go harsh out of the gate??
I liked how they didn’t ignore Derek’s role in Meryl and charlie’s recent past. In Fact, Erin showed she’s not going to go too easy on Maks :-) But they were as fabulous as they were expected to be. Now I’m curious for Charlie.
Candace is also fantastic, and I liked Mark’s choreography. But his hair is out-of-control ridiculous. :-) Candace has to be careful to not get too annoying with the religious stuff.
Jaysus, Maks and Val have massive ringers and I’m seeing shit from their fans about Amy on twitter. Apparently, giving Amy to Derek and Meryl to Maks means they favor Derek and are rigging it in his favor. Yeah, it sounds extremely stupid to me too. :-)
I don’t think Charlie was that much better than Meryl, although I think he’s cute as hell. :-)
I also love that Cheryl’s “OldManProblems” was trending on twitter. :-)
All in all, I’m extremely disappointed in the opening number, but the show overall was very good. I’d like to see Candice outlast Danica. I do think the judges were scoring a bit to make sure that those good dancers or great stories outlast potential voting powerhouses like Billy Dee. But that’s nothing new for this show.
Be sure to listen and watch these two interviews. Bruno Tonioli is interviewed about Dancing With The Stars by Mario Lopez. They talk of the Switch up dance and more. NOTE how Mario is going to be a guest judge at some point in the season. Much thanks to Lori for the heads up with this news.
Cheryl Burke has written her first blog of the season at Access Hollywood. She’s excited about the new season of Dancing With The Stars and having Drew Carey as a partner. Below she talks of rehearsals and their dance tonight.
We’re doing the foxtrot [on Monday] and right now it’s just teaching him how to dance. He has zero dance experience, except for some of the funny stuff he’s done on “The Drew Carey Show,” and then really working on his posture. He’s got like a little hump in his back, so it’s really important to maintain his posture and frame and to really make him look smooth. He is a performer. I just want him to really bring that character out on the dance floor. But you never know how people are when they perform in front of a live audience, so you really get to know the person after Week 1.
I’m interested to see how Drew is going to absorb all the, ‘lights, camera, action,’ basically, and then you’ll start to realize, “OK, he’s a performer, or he gets freaked out when the cameras turn on.” So it’s going to be interesting to see come Monday night how he reacts to everything because it’s so different doing a live show and doing something that you can say, “Take 2” or “Take 3.”
I feel like Drew’s one of the most well-known contestants, so hopefully his fans will pull us through.
You can read more at Access Hollywood.
Peta Murgatroyd has also written a new blog at People. She catches us up on everything she’s been doing since we saw her last on Dancing With The Stars, She also writes of the new season, her partner James Maslow, and the dance tonight.
I think there’s a very eclectic bunch of people this season and, so far, everybody has such a nice personality and demeanor. There’s not one of them who isn’t really, really lovely to work with. I think having three Olympians will be amazing for the competition. They’re going to make everyone work a little bit harder to catch up to them.
Rehearsals have been going very well. James has come into the studio and really given his all. I feel very, very blessed and grateful that he has musicality and timing under his belt. Obviously being from a boy band, he knows how to count rhythm and has done a little bit of choreography. All of that has sort of shaped him into the “dancer” he is today.
We have fox-trot to start out with. James is 6’2″ and that will be really nice for the fox-trot. We’ve been working really hard on his frame and where his head is positioned. The first week, his head had a kink in it, but we rectified that now. I think everyone’s going to really love our dance. Also, he has such a passion for the music industry that when the song comes on, he really gets into it. He’s not afraid to show emotion, which I love.
It’s super fun being paired with James. He’s a great-looking guy, and I think he’s really going to show America that he can dance. He’s not going to rest on the fact that he’s a cute guy. But I do think it helps a little bit that he’s very charming and he hasn’t got an arrogant bone in his body.
More at People.
This is a great promo…but, what about the other pros? Couldn’t they have said something on them?
Also, Val Chmerkovskiy has written a new blog for Today. He talks of how he found out he was back for the season. He also explains how he feels for the Switch Up dance and talks on Danica and their dance tonight…
The first dance Danica and I are doing is the foxtrot. It’s all right. It’s definitely not one of my favorites, but it’s a dance that I enjoy dancing. There are certain dances that are very effective and that the audience enjoys more but that I may not enjoy doing as much. Some just don’t have the capacity to be as powerful as others. The foxtrot doesn’t have the passion or the drama that a paso doble has, but it’s still an awesome dance to dance.
I’m committed to Danica’s well-being and growth. You build a connection with your partner. If there’s a switch up, I still want to see her do well, of course. I hope that whoever she may be paired with will want the same and will treat her well. If she ends up getting higher scores than I do with whomever I’m later paired with, then I’ll be very happy for her.
More at Today.
If you go to Just Jared Jr., you can watch Charlie White And Meryl Davis on The Ellen Show today. Below is a take from their interview.
“I think we’re both scared of each other if you will, but in a very, you know, encouraging way,” Charlie added about their new DWTS experience and competing against one another. “I don’t know how else to put that. I mean, we know each other so well. We know how hard the other person works. We know that, you know, I know that she’s a great dancer and she has a great partner in Max and I’m very fortunate to have Sharna and we’re gonna have a lot of fun cause it’s a different experience than the Olympics.”
Too fun!! Not long to go now!!
Awww, it’s good to hear something from the Billy Dee Williams camp this morning. If you go to Fox News, you can read a new interview with Billy Dee. Below is a take for how he’s feeling about Dancing With The Stars….
FOX411: Are you sore all over?
Billy Dee Williams: I haven’t done this in quite some time, last time I did something like this was in 1966 on Broadway with Leslie Uggams, it was “Hallelujah Baby.” I haven’t really done this much work (since) but it’s interesting. I’m having a lot of fun doing it and hoping for the best.
It’s not that easy, I didn’t think it was going to be easy. I’m a big fan of the show. I’m always totally amazed at the capability of these people. It’s not easy, believe me, especially at my age, I’m going to be 77 in April. It’s hard but I’m willing to meet the challenge. It’s not about challenging anyone else. I don’t care about challenging anyone else, it’s just challenging myself to see if I can do it.
More at Fox News.
Candace Cameron Bure has written her first blog at People.com. In a take below she writes about how much fun she’s having even though she’s hurting and rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars have been tough. MORE at the link!
I’m hurting a lot today. I still have energy, but I’m just incredibly sore and beat up. It is what I expected, but the contemporary dance, which is what we’re starting with, has proven to physically be beyond what I had expected.
We’re literally rolling on the floor for some of this dance. I’ve done races and mud runs and I’ve crawled up hills under barbed wire, and I’ve never had bruises bigger than the bruises I have now from doing this dance.
It is brutal. I’m still having fun and still really enjoying the challenge, but my body is beat up. I’m excited to move beyond this particular dance, because once I get into more of the traditional ballroom dances where I’m not rolling on the floor, I’m sure I’ll be very sore, but I won’t be bruised.