There looks to be a lot of talent early on in season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. There are plenty of athletes along with some who have made their living in music or previously took dance lessons. This has left a few celebrities way out of their league.
Up first is Kim Fields, from her childhood turn as The Facts of Life’s Tootie and her more recent gig on Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s paired up with Sasha Farber. They’ll be doing the Cha Cha, with Kim noting that the best case scenario for week one is that she doesn’t hurt anything. She’s definitely spunky in her dance. Len Goodman thought she was crisp and sharp, Bruno Tonioli called her saucy, and Carrie Ann Inaba noted her fierceness in a little tiny package. She gets scores of 7, 6, 7.
Paige VanZant, a UFC fighter and model, is paired up with Mark Ballas. They’re working on the foxtrot, and he needs her to soften her grip, while she’s feeling like a T. rex. She’s surprisingly soft on the dance floor after all that. Bruno reports that she was turning, twirling, swirling like a kite in a head wind, Carrie Ann calls her a goldmine, and Len was surprised she had the correct posture. She gets three 7s.
Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie is paired with Karina Smirnoff. While his wife taught dance and his daughter takes lessons, he struggles, and he says it’s hard for him to not be good at something. They take on the foxtrot, and he’s missing musicality. Carrie Ann loves his sense of commitment, Len thinks the paso double next week could be his dance, and Bruno wants him to work on … basically everything. He gets three 5s.
Fuller House sweetheart Jodie Sweetin is paired up with Keo Motsepe. Her biggest challenge is to not be so hard on herself. As a kid she didn’t care but now doesn’t want to look stupid. She was a dancer as a child. They dance the tango, and she’s good, but should be. Len notes she had attack and attitude, Bruno didn’t know she could be so alluring, and Carrie Ann warns her about proper placement of hands. She gets scores of 7, 6, 7.
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera, 72, is up next and paired with Edyta Sliwinska who is making her return to the show after having a baby. He believes he is the only Puerto Rican who can’t dance. They do a take on Al Capone’s vault with their Cha Cha. He is far too stiff and does a lot of standing still. Bruno calls it minimalistic, Carrie Ann tells him he can’t just wave his arms the whole time, and Len calls him a work in progress. He gets scores of 5, 4, 4.
Marla Maples, actress and Donald Trump’s ex, is paired up with Tony Dovolani. Surprising in the first week, they’re taking on the quickstep. She feels at over 50 it’s time to live life to the fullest. They dance to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” and she looks scared to death. Carrie Ann calls her elegant and divine, and Len thought she was full of vim, vigor, and vitality. She gets three scores of 7.
Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris is paired with Lindsay Arnold, and they’re doing the Cha Cha. He does not want to look like a singer who’s trying to dance; he wants to look like a singer who can dance. He definitely has some moves and is going to be a fun one to watch. Len says there was more packed into the dance than Bruno’s makeup bag, Bruno appreciated his timing and swagger, and Carrie Ann thought it was like combining the Fly Girls and ballroom dancing. He gets scores of 8, 7, 8.
Ginger Zee, meteorologist for Good Morning America, is dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy. She’s a new mom of a three-month-old and apologizes if she leaks on him because she’s breastfeeding. She nurses her baby in the corner. They’re doing the jive, and she has great energy. Bruno thinks she was pushed hard, she reminded Carrie Ann of Bindi Irwin, and Len calls it frisky, risky, fast, and fury. Her scores are 8, 7, and 8.
The O.C. actress Mischa Barton is paired with Artem Chigvintsev. He notes she’s not a natural dancer, so they have to start from the very beginning. They take on the tango, and she really struggles with it. Carrie Ann knows it’s a hard thing to do when you’re not a natural dancer, Len explains it wasn’t a dance so much as it was walking, and Bruno tells her she needs to stop playing it as a closeup. She gets scores of 5, 5, 6.
Nyle DiMarco, a former winner of America’s Next Top Model, is paired up with Peta Murgatroyd. He’s completely deaf but says he can feel vibrations if it’s loud enough. They take on the Cha Cha and though he’s deaf, does better than Geraldo or Mischa. Len didn’t expect it, Bruno has to touch him just to make sure he’s for real, and Carrie Ann has so much respect for their chemistry and great team. They get scores of 8, 7, 8.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown is paired with Sharna Burgess. They’re doing the quickstep. His favorite catchphrase is “How’s business?” and when asked always replies, “Boomin’.” He’s a good dancer and has a great attitude. He reminds Bruno of Emmitt Smith, Carrie Ann says he was boomin’ like a beast, and Len notes it’s a tough dance for a male celebrity. He gets scores of 8, 6, 7.
Denver Broncos’ linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller is paired with Witney Carson. They meet up in a chicken coop as he loves chickens. She notes when they sit next to each other, she looks like his child. His foxtrot is very controlled and disciplined. Carrie Ann found him soft and silky, Len remarks that he stayed in hold, and Bruno sees that he has bucket loads of charisma. They get scores of 8, 6, 7.
Tune in next week to see who goes home.
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