Dancing With The Stars Season 21: Everything You Need To Know From The Season Premiere


Dancing with the Stars returned with a two night, season 21 premiere on Monday September 14, 2015 at 8/7c on ABC. This episode was shot on Hollywood Boulevard and there is a new, celebrity cast that is hot, hot hot. There are 13 celebrities and according to ABC.com: “(Tonight’s) episode will kick off with the biggest number in DWTS history shot on Hollywood Boulevard. The night continues with each couple dancing a Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa, Quickstep or Jive, vying for America’s vote for the first time. No couples will be eliminated in Week 1, and they will all advance to Week 2 of the competition.”

Returning as hosts are Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and the judges are Julianna Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Longtime judge Len Goodman did not return this season. Here are the 13 celebrities, the songs that each couple danced to and how they did points wise on their very first night in the ballroom:


Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold – “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack ft. Wrabel

Hero Alek Skarlatos, who said he had never danced, was a wonderful surprise on a foxtrot: smooth, smiling, suave. Inaba said it was one of the night’s best dances. Tonioli said he was born for ballroom. Points: 22.

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker – “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth ft. Meghan Trainor

Singer Andy Grammer was expressive and debonair on a foxtrot. Inaba praised his tenderness, and Hough said it was evident he is a performer. Points: 21.

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough – “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John

Bindi Irwin, who is 17, was a confident delight on a jive set to “Crocodile Rock,” and she looked like a pro next to Derek Hough. Best performance of the night, Julianne Hough said of her brother’s partner. Points: 24.

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson – “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown

Carlos PenaVega was electric on a jive performed to James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” Hough said he was the most natural performer up to that point. Inaba said his musicality was off the charts. Points: 23.

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas – “Whistle (While You Work It)” by Katy Tiz

Alexa PenaVega, wife of Carlos, proved she could keep up with Mark Ballas on a demanding jive. The judges were wowed, but Inaba said she needed to watch her arm movements. Points: 22.

Chaka Khan & Keo Motsepe – “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan

Singer Chaka Khan forgot the choreography on a cha cha to “I Feel for You,” but she had a grand time. Tonioli said her personality was superb but her technique needed work. Points: 13.

Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya – “Dancing in the Street” by David Bowie & Mick Jagger

Actor Gary Busey was a dizzy mess on a cha cha, and he went mystical in comments afterward. He made great live television. Inaba praised him for giving it his all, and Tonioli compared the dance to a disaster movie he couldn’t help but watch. Points: 15.

Hayes Grier & Emma Slater – “Cheerleader” by Omi

Social media star Hayes Grier, who is just 15, showed charm, style and potential on a cha cha set to “Cheerleader.” Tonioli said he was the season’s boy wonder, and Inaba praised his stage presence. Points: 21.

Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani – “Hey Mama” by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj, Afrojack & Bebe Rexha

Reality star Kim Zolciak Biermann moved slowly and awkwardly through a salsa. Inaba said she needed to go for it and not hold back. “You have to sell it,” Tonioli said. She didn’t. Points: 12.

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess – “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo. Rida ft. Robin Thicke

Singer Nick Carter was a winning showman on a glitzy cha cha saluting the Backstreet Boys. Inaba said he seemed a bit afraid at the start, but the judges raved. Points: 24, putting him atop the leader board with young Bindi.

Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel – “Hey Good Lookin’” by Carol Welsman

Cook Paula Deen got through a quickstep, then announced she was so afraid that she may have soiled herself. (She had belched in the taped segment.) Inaba said it looked like Deen was being dragged around the floor, and Hough said she was holding on for dear life. Points: 15.

Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – “Do Your Thing” by Basement Jaxx

Reality star Tamar Braxton had impressive style and confidence on a quickstep. “You blew me away,” Inaba told her. Julianne Hough praised Braxton’s elegance. Points: 23.

Victor Espinoza & Karina Smirnoff – “G.D.F.R.” by Flo Rida

Jockey Victor Espinoza shook his hips merrily on a salsa, but the dance looked robotic and ragged. Carrie Ann Inaba proclaimed him adorable, but Bruno Tonioli said he needed to work on his timing. Points: 15 out of 30.


Tonight, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 9/8c, will be night two of “Dancing with the Stars: First Dances.” This is when viewers will get to see the couples dances from last night as well as extended training packages and exclusive interviews with the couples. You will see a special glimpse of what is to come on week 2 and the couples will be dancing new routines each night. the Watch ABC App at abc.go.com/watchabc-overview to keep in touch with online viewing.


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