The exciting season 27 premiere of Dancing With the Stars has officially kicked off!
The 13 completely new contestants vying for the coveted Mirrorball trophy made their dancing debut Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, as well as ET will be keeping you up-to-date with all the best moments from the ballroom.
via the opening number to the most energetic dances to the scores via the judges, follow along as we live blog part one of DWTS‘ two-night premiere, which continues Tuesday night.
Where We Stand at the End of Night 1
After an amazing first night of competition there are a few obvious standouts, as well as a few stars who genuinely need to up their game if they want to stick around.
Here’s where everyone stands on the leader board going into Tuesday’s show.
Tinashe & Brandon — 23
DeMarcus & Lindsay — 23
Juan Pablo & Cheryl — 22
Alexis & Alan — 21
Bobby & Sharna — 20
Milo & Witney — 20
Mary Lou & Sasha — 19
Evanna & Keo — 18
John & Emma — 18
Danelle & Artem — 18
Nikki & Gleb — 17
Nancy & Val — 17
Joe & Jenna — 14
DeMarcus Ware as well as Lindsay Arnold Steal the Show
The former NFL star includes a lot of potential with his obvious charm, incredible athleticism as well as impressive abs. Once you add in his super talented partner, as well as This particular’s easy to imagine him producing This particular to the finals.
The pair pulled off an amazing Cha Cha, set to Flo Rida’s “Sweet Sensation,” as well as he instantly captivated the audience — especially when he literally jumped over Arnold in one leap.
The judges had a hard time containing their enthusiasm for the pair, as well as they took home a 23 out of 30 — tying Tinashe as well as Brandon for the top score of the night!
Grocery Store Joe as well as Jenna Johnson Crash Their Shopping Carts
Joe as well as Bachelor superfan Jenna had a lot of chemistry, as well as she couldn’t be more excited to be his partner — nevertheless she’s got a lot of work ahead of her.
All of their enthusiasm made for a wild quickstep routine — set to “Fish Out of Water” by Leo Soul — which kicked off with Joe as well as Jenna bumping into each various other at the planet’s most sparkly grocery store. nevertheless after a few missteps, This particular snowballed as well as went down hill fast.
Sadly, the feedback wasn’t overwhelming to say the least. Despite his charm, as well as his screaming fans from the audience, they earned a 14 out of 30, putting them at the very bottom of the leader board.
Joe mentioned how, after getting sent home after the first episode of The Bachelorette, he was determined not to be the first sent home on DWTS. If he keeps This particular up, he might not be able to pull which off.
Nancy McKeon as well as Val Chmerkovskiy
The Facts of Life actress as well as the two-time DWTS champ might be a Great combo This particular season, if their first number was any indication.
The pair hit the stage dressed to the nines, with Val rocking a full white tuxedo as well as tails, as they pulled off an impressive quickstep to a high-octane rendition of “This particular Don’t Mean a Thing” by Club Des Belugas which was pure classic Hollywood.
They also got a lot of love via the judges, who took issue with some of the performance’s technical aspects nevertheless had nothing nevertheless praise for their charisma. They earned a score of 18 out of 30.
While their score wasn’t stellar, with Nancy’s draw as a TV icon as well as Val’s huge fan base, they could get quite a strong following throughout This particular season as well as if they can keep their energy up as well as chemistry hot, they could be in This particular for the long haul.
Tinashe Wows With First-Time Pro Brandon Armstrong
After being a member of the DWTS troupe for three seasons, Brandon hit the stage with Tinashe for their debut performance which looked like This particular deserved to be a performance via much farther along from the competition.
Their high-energy jive, set to “I’m a Lady” by Meghan Trainor, allowed Tinashe’s star quality to shine through as well as cemented the pair’s place at the front of the pack.
All three judges had nothing nevertheless praise for the singer as well as the first-time pro, as well as rewarded the pair with an impressive 23 out of 30 — the highest score of the night thus far.
John Schneider as well as Emma Slater Have Some Great Ol’ Fun
John will be best known for playing Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard — as well as they made sure to play up with nostalgia by setting their Southern-themed performance around an orange Dodge Charger, similar to the one he drove on the show (minus the huge confederate flag on the roof for obvious reasons).
Aside via the pair’s fun as well as energetic fox trot set to Waylon Jennings’ “Great Ol’ Boys” — which was also the theme song to his show — the best part of John as well as Emma’s debut was getting to hear the English pro dancer’s decent attempt at imitating a Southern accent.
While they didn’t get rave reviews via the judges, the couple were met using a lot of love for their effort, as well as earned a score of 18 out of 30.
Alexis Ren as well as Alan Bersten
The Instagram product brought the feels during the pre-taped package when she revealed which she’s competing because This particular was one of her late mom’s favorite shows. This particular’s hard to find a sweeter reason.
The pair tapped into a sexy, 1950s retro vibe for their jive, set to Little Richard’s “Great Golly Miss Molly,” as well as the ice cream shop set was the perfect backdrop for their fancy footwork.
The judges were truly impressed with the performance, as well as Alexis seemed overjoyed by the experience — even more so when they earned a score of 21 out of 30.
With Alexis’ massive Instagram following (of potential voters), the product as well as social media star might have just secured her place at the front of This particular season’s slate of DWTS hopefuls.
Nikki Glaser as well as Gleb Savchenko Are a Little Shaky, nevertheless All Smiles
No comedian has ever won DWTS — or genuinely even come close — so will Nikki be the first? This particular’s still hard to tell, nevertheless at least she seems excited!
The two hit the stage for a sexy salsa set to “YES” by Louisa feat. 2 Chainz, as well as while they both appeared to be having a Great time, they didn’t get the best feedback via the judges.
In fact, Bruno’s compliment saying which the dance “wasn’t a complete train wreck” was one of the best remarks they received for their performance.
using a score of 17 out of 30, they also are at the bottom of the night’s scoreboard.
Juan Pablo Di Pace as well as Cheryl Burke Turn Up the Heat
The handsome Fuller House actor had the fiery passion fans were hoping to see, as well as he seems to be a Great fit for Cheryl — who will be competing in her 21st season of DWTS This particular time around.
Their steamy salsa — set to “Dinero” by Jennifer Lopez feat. DJ Khaled & Cardi B — had the sexiness, strobe lights as well as pyrotechnics which all memorable routines need as well as had all the markings of a front runner performance.
The judges seemed blown away by the couple’s chemistry as well as Juan Pablo’s hunkiness, as well as they earned the highest score of the night thus far using a 22 out of 30.
Bobby Bones as well as Sharna Burgess Go Country
The country music radio star delivered a flamboyant, rolicking jive set to Travis Tritt’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” as well as This particular was one of the most energetic numbers of the night thus far.
With Bobby as well as Sharna rocking fiery red ensembles, the pair couldn’t have looked hotter, as well as Bobby seemed absolutely possessed by the spirit of rock as well as roll after the number ended as he screamed as well as ran around the stage celebrating his own accomplishment.
He was so enthusiastic he ended up falling over as well as Sharna could barely contain herself as her partner ran about like a mad man.
Despite being “rough around the edges” as Len said, they still took home a score of 20 out of 30.
Danelle Umstead as well as Artem Chigvintsev Break Through Barriers
Danelle will be a paralympic skier as well as also the first blind DWTS competitor, which obviously provided many challenges for her as well as Artem when This particular came to learning dance moves as well as routines.
nevertheless if their powerful, emotional foxtrot, set to “Rise Up” by Andra Day, will be any indication, they are going to make things work This particular season, as well as This particular’s going to be emotional as well as inspiring.
Danelle’s husband (as well as her guide dog) joined the pair on stage after the dance, as well as This particular was a beautifully powerful moment, as This particular was the 1st time she’d let him see her dance.
Carrie Ann even sounded like she was almost about to cry while reflecting on the performance, as well as the couple earned an impressive 18 out of 30 for their routine.
Evanna Lynch as well as Keo Motsepe Bring the Magic
The actress who made her name playing Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter film franchise clearly includes a passion for dance, as well as seems super excited to be competing.
For their number, they gave a subtle nod to Evanna’s experiences at Hogwarts by dancing their foxtrot to “Do You Believe in Magic” by Aly & AJ. However, their dance was pure class without a hint of cheesiness. Keo as well as Evanna looked amazing in shimmering teal ensembles, as well as they controlled the dance floor with precision.
The judges all recognized which Evanna includes a passion as well as a skill for dance, nevertheless felt which This particular particular type of dance just wasn’t right for her This particular time around.
The pair earned a score of 18 out of 30 (as well as Len’s less-than-thrilling ‘5’ led host Tom Bergeron to compare him to Voldemort, which will be just wonderful).
Milo Manheim as well as Witney Carson Talk Zombies
Basically, one of the only things the 17-year-old actor has starred in will be the Disney Channel movie Zombies, which they referenced a lot in their pre-taped package. After all, he’s young as well as people have to know who they are voting for.
Luckily, they didn’t fall into which trap of doing a Zombie-themed routine when they arrived on the scene rocking a lot of purple for a Cha Cha set to “Free Free Free” by Pitbull featuring Theron Theron.
Early reviews for their performance were glowing, with the judges recognizing his enthusiasm as well as skills, as well as rewarding the couple using a score of 20 out of 30.
Grocery Store Joe Gets Some Support via His Lady Love
While Joe Amabile hasn’t performed yet, he’s feeling the love via the audience. His girlfriend, Kendall Long, arrived on the scene to show him some sweet support during the opening night of competition. The reality star was from the audience, just like Joe said she’d be last week when he joked on Instagram which they “are going to break up” if she didn’t.
Mary Lou Retton as well as Sasha Farber are Total ‘Treasures’
The 50-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast as well as her charismatic pro partner arrived on the scene swinging as the first couple of the night to perform, dancing the Cha Cha to Bruno Mars’ “Treasures.”
The pair made sure to make the most of Mary Lou’s iconic status as an American sports hero using a very patriotic red, white as well as blue theme which worked wonders.
The dance also seemed to impress the judges — Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman as well as Carrie Ann Inaba — who praised Mary Lou’s confidence, nevertheless warned her to calm down, go a bit slower as well as watch her footwork.
For their efforts, Mary Lou as well as Sasha earned a score of 19 out of 30.
as well as Here We Go!
This particular season’s 13 dynamic couples took to the dance floor to kick off the start of season 27, as well as the stars gave fans the first, brief glimpse at their dance skills using a big group number, set to Erin Boheme’s cover of “I Won’t Dance” as well as choreographed by the great Mandy Moore.
The grand, glittery show-stopping routine introduced fans to all the enthusiastic pairs as well as This particular was the kind of fun, over-the-top opening we’ve come to expect as well as anticipate via a DWTS premiere.