Dancing with the Stars – Night One Went Better than Expected

The first night of dancing has come and gone and there were some good surprises and a couple of expected duds. (Almost) Everyone looked happy to be there with their dancing shoes ready to show the world what they can (and can’t) do. Let’s kick off this recap going from lowest to highest scoring couples.

Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska (Cha Cha) – It was just as horrendous as I expected it to be. The 72 year old news icon started things off by making light of his 1986 disastrous news stunt involving opening an empty vault belonging to Al Capone on live TV. The dance just went downhill from there. Geraldo was stiff and really awkward, but he gave it his best and all the pizzaz one possibly could muster. Edyta took 6 years off from DWTS to have and raise her kid and it looks like she will be back to full time mom by next week. Geraldo may have a lot of fans, but I’m not so sure if can save him. – Score: 13/30

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff (Foxtrot) – Doug looked rigid and a little unsure of himself. You could see him counting the steps out, but there is some promise there. He was a lot better than I expected him to be and he surprised the judges as well. I think he was judged a little too harshly (one of the downfalls of being one of the first handfuls of dancers on the floor). If Karina can get him to loosen up, be a little more comfortable with his movements, and have some fun with the steps, then he could be the dark horse of the competition. His popularity with the crowd will carry him far and I’m excited to see how he will progress. – Score: 15/30

Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev (Tango) – Another really tough one to watch because you could just see the defeat in Mischa before the music even started. She did try her best, but she was an awko-taco with a form so stiff I don’t know how Artem got her to bend anything to get her to move. There is a big chance Mischa is out the door first even though she was marginally better than Geraldo. She looked as if she ready to put her dancing shoes away. – Score: 16/30

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber (Cha Cha) – Going first on night one is a big deal, there is a lot of pressure to set a good tone for the season. Kim’s dance was fairly simple, but she added a lot of personality to it. She was so much fun to watch. Sasha and Kim have some good chemistry as well. The two of them are going to be very entertaining in their introduction packages. Not bad scores to start. Hopefully the reality TV star doesn’t get buried under the other big personalities that are in abundance this season. – Score: 20/30

Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe (Tango) – The super corny Full House spoof intro package aside, Jodie and Keo’s first time out was a great dance to build on. The actress had a couple of slipups here and there and I don’t know what was going on with her facial expressions, but she and Keo looked hot together. I think the judges took off points for the distracting face, but I still think she will be one of the bigger contenders. Hopefully the popularity of Fuller House will give her lots of time to show us what she can do. – Score: 20/30

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas (Foxtrot) – Paige showed some gracefulness on the dance floor that took me and the judges by surprise. She and Mark looked like they were already very comfortable with one another and that goes a long way in the competition especially since Mark gets very creative (in an awesome way) with dances. Right now Paige is stuck in the middle with several other dancers; but if she trusts Mark enough, his choreography could push them to the top. – Score: 21/30

Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani (Quickstep) – Marla kept saying in her package that she wanted to be more than the ex-wife of Trump, but then kept mentioning her marriage to Trump. It was a good thing she had a pretty good outing on the dance floor because that desperate grab some fame was starting to become old quick. Marla stumbled a bit during the quick part of the quickstep, but it is pretty damn hard to keep your feet right when you only have a couple of weeks training. Drop the ex’s name drop and keep working on the feet, lady, coat tails should only be on the men’s jackets. – Score: 21/30

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess (Quickstep) – Antonio said in the package that he may have some problems taking orders from a tiny Aussie, but apparently he got over it quickly. The man has got some moves off the field! The couple looked comfortable together and was having the time of their lives. The quickstep is hard and Antonio had a couple of missteps, but he recovered nicely and kept moving. Len (as he does) judged him way too harshly over his dislike of there not being more traditional ballroom dance moves. Antonio should be at the top of the leader board and not stuck in the middle with three other couples. – Score: 21/30

Von Miller and Witney Carson (Foxtrot) – Witney is going to be a tough coach for Von, but he needs it. During the more conventional ballroom moves the MVP looked uneasy. When they got to the additional flavor moves, Von looked right at home. Witney needs to use that to get him more at ease with the traditional moves. A lot of the uncomfortableness could be due to their stark height differences. In all honesty Carrie Ann was a little too generous in her scoring and Von should be a little lower on the leader board. – Score: 21/30

Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold (Cha Cha) – There is a big chance Wanya could win this competition. He came out strong (maybe a little too exuberant, but that is not the worst problem to have) and it was a pleasure to watch the two of them dance together. The producers got it right pairing the two of them together. Wanya is full of enthusiasm and Lindsay has a youthful spirit that make for a winning combination. I will admit I was singing along with “Motown Philly.” – Score: 23/30

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy (Jive) – Ginger is going to be a live wire. She immediately teased Val for not recognizing him with his shirt on, and then proceeded to pull his shirt up and admire those unbelievable abs. Totally what I would have done in that situation. Their jive had a lot of energy and personality, but there were some issues on Ginger’s part with foot work. Room for improvement but I don’t think Ginger is going anywhere any time soon. – Score: 23/30

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd (Cha Cha) – Nyle was easily the best surprise of the night. Forget the fact that he is completely deaf, he doesn’t need sympathy points or votes. The man had a damn near perfect dance. He and Peta have the best chemistry of all the couples. A real spark that just transcends how they move together. I cannot wait to see what they do next week. Carrie Ann was hilarious swooning over Nyle. I give it to week five before she vaults over the judges table and mauls the guy. – Score: 23/30

What did you think of the DWTS season 22 premiere? Which was your favorite couple of the night? Who do you think will go home next week? Let me know what you think in the comments section below and see you guys back here next week for ever sexy “Latin Night.”

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