‘DWTS’ Season 31 moves to Disney+ in premiere episode
DWtS Season 31 premiered on Disney+, marking its first time solely appearing on the streaming platform since its move from ABC. It was definitely a different format to get used to, especially without commercials. Taking the place of the commercials were dance breaks from the background dancers, giving the celebrities a chance to take a breather and talk to new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro.
DWTS Season 31 is off to a great start
Ribeiro, who was the reigning Season 19 champion with Witney Carson, did an amazing job for his first episode co-hosting alongside Tyra Banks. Interestingly, I also found it easier to hear them without the music drowning out their voices.
We were introduced to the new celebrities and their pros, from a mother-daughter Tiktok duo, a deaf actor, and a drag star. There were so many fun performances to see, as well as a powerful one from actress Selma Blair. Having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Blair has overcome many challenges and her first time on the dance floor found her embracing a new strength in her body.
Of course, there were some scores that were great and scores that were not so great. But in the end, one couple did get eliminated, much to our chagrin. It would have been nice to see them get at least one more chance to improve and not go home the very first night. And once again, the judges made the final decision on who in the bottom two went home.
DWTS Season 31 does not hold back on elimination
It came down to Real Housewife star Teresa Guidice and actor Jason Lee Lewis. All of the judges chose Teresa to stay and Lewis was sadly eliminated. Hopefully even though he didn’t get to participate for long, he still gets to use what he learned for his upcoming wedding!
Check out a breakdown below of the couples and how they did for their first week of DWTS.
Celebrities and their partners
Bodybuilder Joseph Baena and Daniella Karagach danced a Jive, which earned them a score of 23/40.
Actress Selma Blair and Sasha Farber danced a Viennese waltz that earned them a score of 28/40.
Actor Wayne Brady and Witney Carson had an amazing Cha Cha which had them at the top of the leader board for a short time at 29/40.
Good Morning America meteorologist Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke’s Fox Trot earned them a 20/40.
Tiktok star Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas had the top score of the night with their Cha Cha earning them a 32/40.
Social media personality Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev earned a 24/40 for their Cha Cha.
Country singer Jessie James Decker and Alan Bersten also danced a Cha Cha and received 20/40 points.
Actor Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater’s Quickstep earned them a score of 21/40.
Actor Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart earned a 27/40 for their Tango, which was also amazing since Durant is deaf and relied on the vibrations of the music for his steps.
Reality star Teresa Guidice and Pasha Pashkov’s Tango earned them a 20/40.
Who were the faces for DWTS Season 31?
Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki had the lowest score of 17/40 for their Salsa. However, they will be back to improve for another shot!
Actress Cheryl Ladd and Louis van Amstel’s Cha Cha gave them a score of 21/40.
Drag queen Shangela and Gleb Savchenko had a great Salsa that earned them a score of 28/40.
Actress and singer Jordin Sparks and Brandon Armstrong led the night with a Cha Cha that earned them 26/40.
The Bachelorette star Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy danced Jive that earned them a score of 28/40.
Before being eliminated, Jason and Peta Murgatroyd danced a Cha Cha that gave them a score of 18/40.
The following week will see the celebrities dancing to music by Elvis Presley. We’re looking forward to seeing what they bring to the dance floor on the next episode of DWTS Season 31
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