Dancing with the Stars has returned for season 18 with a twist. For the first time in ‘DWTS’ history, the viewers will have the voting power to change celebrities dancing partners called, “The switch-up”. This new rule will require all couples to switch partners at any given point in the season, according to ABC’s social media manager. Headlining an all-star cast that includes Real Housewives of Atlanta star, NeNe Leakes, a former child star, two gold medalists, a Para Olympian and Mr. Colt-45 himself, Billy D. Williams, it’s sure to shake things up.
Dancing with the Stars returned with a whole new look. For starters, Erin Andrews has replaced newly-fired Brooke Burke-Charvet. It’s too soon to tell, but Erin seems to be a great addition to the show’s shake-up. The show has definitely changed its tempo by hiring renowned musician and music director, Ray Chew as its new bandleader, replacing Harold Wheeler.With these new additions and voting twists added, the show will either be a disaster or it will be extraordinary.
NeNe Leakes got the party started with a hot rendition of the cha cha cha with her dancing partner, Toni Dovolani. She was rhythmic, alluring and sexy. Her fiery personality leaked into her performance making her fun to watch and it earned her 21 points. “That’s the way to get the party started”, said Judge Len Goodman.
The show’s top performers, Charlie and Sharna, the ‘Ying and Yang’ gold medalists earned a near-perfect score of 27 points, making them the toughest competitors of the night. The couple’s contemporary performance was graceful, poised and sensual. “The perfect pair, ying and yang,” Carry Ann called them.
Former Child star Candace Cameron-Burke and her partner Mark Ballas did a show-stopping routine that was very dramatic and had a lot of artful interpretations. It was like watching a painting come to life. “You’re dynamic and dramatic,” Bruno told the duet.
Rounding off the top three performances of the night was Para Olympian, Amy Purdy and partner Derek Hough. Amy danced circles around most of her competition in her interpretation of the cha cha cha. Not bad for a double amputee. Her movements were fluid and she looked very natural. Her performance was a bona fide crowd pleaser. The audience roared in praise as she danced her way into the hearts of millions of viewers.
Who was your favorite couple?