"Dancing With The Stars" Season 10 Premieres
Last night, "Dancing With The Stars" kicked off its 10th season with a new co-host (former contestant Brooke Burke), a revamped set (we love that they’re keeping the celebs closer to the audience for the whole show) and 11 couples who seem prepped to make this competition one to remember.
We know it’s early, but we predict that Nicole Scherzinger, Pamela Anderson, Evan Lysacek and Erin Andrews will lead the pack throughout the season. We expected Scherzinger and Lysacek to have an easier time picking up the choreography thanks to their previous dance experience, but we were pleased to see how well Andrews and Anderson performed right out of the gate. Both managed to execute their routines while exuding serious stage presence. We look forward to seeing how they develop over the course of the season.
As for the pros, we were psyched about the return of Ashly Costa (formerly Ashly DelGrosso) and the debut of Australian ballroom champ Damian Whitewood.
There will be no elimination this week. Instead, all of the contestants will have a chance to perform again next Monday. The judges’ scores and the audience votes from both episodes will be combined to determine which couple will be eliminated first.
Here are the judges’ scores from last night’s episode:
- Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough (25)
- Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya (23)
- Erin Andrews and Maksin Chmerkovskiy (21)
- Pamela Anderson and Damien Whitewood (21)
- Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower (20)
- Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke (18)
- Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas (18)
- Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel (18)
- Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani (16)
- Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska (15)
- Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa (14)
Be sure to tune in next week to see the second set of performances and then tell us what you think!
Well, this brings class videos to a whole new level! Choreographer Phil Wright and dancer Ashley Liai have been together eight-plus years, but she was still in total shock when he proposed to her mid-dance at Millennium Dance Complex earlier this week. Why? Well, the whole thing was unbelievably perfect.
In the dance industry, dancers don't always have a say in what they wear on their bodies. This can get tricky if you're asked to wear something that compromises your own personal values. So what should you do if you find yourself in this sticky situation? We sat down for a Q&A with "Dancing with the Stars" alumn Ashly Costa to answer that very question. Here's what she had to say about the options dancers have surrounding questionable costumes.
The groundwork for Erin Carpenter's company, Nude Barre, began when she was a teenager. At 16, she earned a spot in the residency program at The Kennedy Center in partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem. "We were required to wear nude—as in, our actual skin tone—tights and shoes," she remembers. Carpenter brought her "sun tan" tights and a pair of pink ballet shoes with her, because that was all she could find. But she wasn't allowed in class because her dancewear didn't match her skin. "I was so embarrassed," she says. "I looked unprepared. I just didn't have the right nudes." Her teacher explained that the dancers dyed their tights and pancaked their shoes.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night: