Jumping the Gun in the Fall Season, Dancing with the Stars launches its 28th season in epic form with a two-hour premiere that answers the question: Can Sean Spicer or Lamar Odom Dance?
The quick answer is no. But how bad was it?
They were two of a dozen stars who took to the stage on a whole new stage and faced harsher criticism from the judges. No dancer was taller than seven of the ten judges and they were very restrictive.
Honestly, we're okay with that, because it actually pulls the judges to where we usually rank these players. … especially at the beginning of the season. Sometimes the routine is just bad and the contestants should not be judged continuously on the basis of effort and affection.
This move is a direct reaction to winning Bobby Bones season 27, although she is the weakest dancer in the finals. Immediately sent the production in panic mode, apparently as authentic to the show as a format for rewarding quality dance into question. And it seems that the harsher judges' votes are just one change to come.
With the votes of the judges balancing with the votes of the audience, the harsher judge number goes a long way to balancing the enthusiasm of the audience for charming but fearsome dancers. But Tom Bergerron promised that we would learn about another huge change in the evaluation process next week when America begins to vote. Maybe their vote will be reduced by 50 percent.
In the meantime, there were some really solid starts for a few racers, while a few others stumbled but showed real potential. And then there was the stink. And did the boy smell like a dance floor.
Plus, we got to see the fall that knocked Christie Brinkley out of the race and forced her daughter, Brinkley-Cook sailor
Who am I? ? you ask. Well, I spent nearly a decade of my life sweating and bleeding to music as a dancer. From a young boy learning to change ball to performing with the St. Louis Ballet Company, I have experienced the ups and downs of one of the most physically challenging sports on the planet. During this time I was also a member of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a gymnast, writer and cartoonist. I had a lot more energy in my younger years. And I have spent the last sixteen years analyzing and criticizing reality shows for various media publications. I have this.
Fair warning, since I'm home safe, I'll probably be a little harsher than my colleagues Kari-Ann Inaba Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli . But I could be nicer, too. Perhaps.
Hannah Brown & Alan Bursten
(Cha Cha) Alan did not go easy to Hannah for her first tie, fulfilling her high energy routine with many twists and turns and even split into one point. While Hannah is still a little timid in her movements, trembling on her spines and her hips could use a little more perversion, she has the posture, attitude and commitment to really be someone to watch in this race. It has a natural rhythm and charm that flows from it.
Judging results: 7, 7, 6
My rating: 7
Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson
(Tango) He walked around the stage and was too heavy on his feet as he moved around the stage. His moves lacked full attachment and extension ̵
Referee ratings: 6, 5, 5
My rating: 5
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov
(Cha Cha) We love how much fun it was evident that Kate was having fun during this routine. But her footwork was an absolute mess in the beginning, and it was almost unrecognizable as part of the time until she was given a breakdown segment and she could concentrate. She didn't seem to know the steps all the time and was moving with trembling and timid pettiness that did her no favors. It was a rough start, but I still enjoy having fun. If that can turn into confidence in her movements, then she could do well.
Results for Judges: 5, 5, 5
My Score: 4
Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd
] (Foxtrot) Lamar fired this as a cross between the Dracula and Frankenstein monster and didn't get better. He stalked the stage without rhythm or time. In fact, he seemed to be going slow, not dancing. There was honestly nothing good about it, except he seemed to know the steps. What a mess.
Referee Results: 5, 3, 3
My Score: 2
Lauren Alain and Gleb Savchenko
(Cha Cha) Rolls for body, full extension, excellent timing, Lauren really surprised us after leaving so much in his pack. She really did have a show of graceful dancer there and attacked it with passion and pleasure. It was almost a little ominous for form, but it will be fun to watch as it grows and learns.
Judge Ratings: 7, 6, 6
My Score: 6
Brinkley-Cook Sailor and Val Chmerkowski
(Foxtrot) After her mother, Christie Brinkley, suffered a broken arm, Sailor intervened for three days to learn dance. Was it supposed to be a whole-body rotation of the floor at the end, because the rotation of the crow seemed terrible. We believe that the Sailor lacked the courage and confidence in Val to do so at this point, which is fair in three days. She was competent in choreography and even had a few nice legs and leg extensions. The craziest thing is that she wasn't the worst at night. It has tons of potential.
Judge's results: 6, 6, 6
My result: 5
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
] (Salsa) Props for an ambitious lift attempt the first week out and almost pull it off. This should be a fun partnership to watch. Karamo has so much charisma and enthusiasm that he has actually pushed himself ahead of time and made a startling mistake. He has to work a little digging in the floor to achieve proper movement of the body and the action of the hip joint. There is a lack of salsa that was missing; he was a little too upright.
Judge Results: 6, 5, 6
My Score: 5
Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke
] (Salsa) That was … not great. Ray danced like your father did when he had a little drink at your wedding reception. He almost seemed sick at times, and he missed absolutely nothing evaporated or ominous. He had no sense of what he was doing. He flew on the wrong foot at one point and really looked out of his comfort zone. I'm not sure why the judges liked him as much as they did, to be honest.
Judge Results: 5, 5, 5
My Result: 3
Mary Wilson and Brandon Armstrong
Judging Scores: 6, 5, 6
My Score: 4
Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber
(Cha Cha) Nerves got her halfway through the wrong turn, but before that Ali showed real potential. Interestingly, she has a great movement of hip in walking and hip-hop dancing, but she was too firm in cha. But we have seen full extensions and its finishing moves. Her music was good, but her timing was fast (nerves?), So she's another who has the potential to find herself a dancer in the process, but we expected a little more.
Judge Results: 5, 5, 6
My Rating: 5
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold
(Salsa) Was the costume designer the trophy Sean with that awful green shirt? Unfortunately, that wasn't the only ugly thing about this show. Lindsay simplified it as much as he could, and Sean was still everywhere, as if he couldn't find the blow. He has no time, grace, no finesse. But his attack is monstrous and impressive, and he tries and fully engages in the way that Lamar seemed to lack. But can it be learned? This is the question
Judging results: 4, 4, 4
My result: 3
James Van Der Bake and Emma Slater
(Tango) Wow, get out the first week with a tango and a new partner with that level of passion, strength and commitment is monumental. James absolutely killed the attitude and character of the piece and he had a really great body work. He had a natural grace and command all the time and he really felt like he was running this dance. He could win this whole thing.
Judge's Results: 7, 7, 7
My Score: 7
You just hate to say that the four most important acts of the premiere will continue until the final, because that doesn't always happen. That said, at this point it's hard not to see James and Hannah there, as both were very strong.
America likes to watch someone grow up, so starting strong can actually hurt, but again we don't know how change estimates
Women are definitely coming out stronger now, with Hannah, Alina, and Saylor really showing something . On the men's side, James dominates the competition, but Kel and Caramo have this potential for growth.
If Sean and Lamar keep going first and second, then we know that the system is still broken and they & # 39; you are progressing for the wrong reasons. They had no rhythm, no sense of how to move, and we had never seen a star begin at this level and improve enough in content. Even Bobby was a little better (sorry Bobby).
"Dancing with the Stars" airs Monday at 8 a.m. ET on ABC.
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