Based on fan reaction, there are already five front-runners on Dancing With the Stars.
Contestant Bindi Irwin and partner Derek Hough jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the Dancing With the Stars premiere with her high-octane tribute to her late father, Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, dancing the Jive to the song “Crocodile Rock.” Julianne Hough called it the best performance of the night, and many fans on Twitter agreed.
— Courtney Larkin (@cldancer5) September 15, 2015
One of the most anticipated dancers of the night by fans was Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter, and he didn’t disappoint! He and pro Sharna Burgess tied Irwin and Derek at the top of the leaderboard with 24 points, and Bruno Tonioli declared that Carter would go to the finals. His myriad of fans on Twitter certainly felt the same way.
— Anet Czyzewski (@AnetCzyz) September 15, 2015
Tamar Braxton came out of the gate warning partner Val Chmerkovskiy to stop touching her “wahoo” in practice and proved to be just as entertaining on the dance floor. Their 1920s-themed, high-energy quickstep wowed the judges (who awarded them 23 points) and viewers.
Married couple Carlos and Alexa PenaVega caught the audience and judges’ attention, not only for Carlos’ playful suggestion that his wife bring her hot costume home, but also with their strong, competitive Jive dances. They partnered with Witney Carson and Mark Ballas respectively — if only Ballas’ man bun had been as popular as the dynamic husband and wife. Ballas and Alexa scored 22 points, and Carson and Carlos were awarded 23 points.
Those who bombed
A slimmed-down Paula Deen couldn’t seem to stop herself from making an off-color joke. After dancing a not-so-quickstep with partner Louis Van Amstel that earned just 15 points, Deen announced that she had been so scared, she was certain her white undies were no longer white. TMI said Carrie Ann Inaba, and many agreed!
The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kim Zolciak ended up on the bottom of the leaderboard with only 12 points and didn’t win many fans with her lackluster salsa that really didn’t feature any salsa and definitely had no sizzle. One of the judges referred to it as “slow motion,” and many viewers took to Twitter to comment.
oh yikes. #TeamTKO
— gracie 💫 (@crookgracie) September 15, 2015
Chaka Khan (13 points) and Gary Busey (15 points) didn’t do well scorewise, but fans seemed willing to cut them a little more slack. Busey, in particular, delivered the “crazy” many find so entertaining, and he told Tom Berenger his eye was spinning in his head while he spoke to him.