Season 21 | Week 1 | Aired: September 14, 2015
Dancing With the Stars is back! I loved last season and I had a great time writing the recaps and am so excited to be back doing it again!
They wasted no time this season and kicked off with an amazing group number introducing all thirteen stars!
Victor Espinoza & Karina Smirnoff
Song: “G.D.F.R.” – Flo Rida feat. Sage the Gemini
Victor Espinoza – Jockey
Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Song: “Do Your Thing” – Basement Jaxx
Tamar Braxton – RR&B Singer and Reality Television Star
Chaka Khan & Keo Motsepe
Song: “I Fell For You” – Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan – R&B and Funk Singer
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater
Song: “Cheerleader” – OMI
Hayes Grier – Vine and Social Media Personality
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Song: “Marvin Gaye” – Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor
Andy Grammer – Singer-Songwriter
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel
Song: “Hey, Good Lookin'” – Hank Williams
Paula Deen – Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Song: “I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown
Carlos PenaVega – Big Time Rush Singer and Actor
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Song: “Whistle (While You Work it)” – Katy Tiz
Alexa PenaVega – Actress
Kim Zolciak & Tony Dovolani
Song: “Hey Mama” – David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha, and Afrojack
Kim Zolciak – Reality Television Star
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Song: “Crocodile Rock” – Elton John
Bindi Irwin – Wildlife Conservationist, Presenter, and Actress
*Tired for Highest Score*
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya
Song: “Dancing in the Street” – David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Gary Busey – Actor
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Song: “Ten Feet Tall” – Afrojack feat. Wrabel
Alek Skarlatos – Legion of Honour Recipient and Soldier
*Alek was one of the three Americans who stopped a gunman on a train heading to Paris this past August*
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Song: “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” – Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke and Verdine White
Nick Carter – Backstreet Boys Singer
*Tied for Highest Score*
This was a great way to kick off the new season! There were some amazing performances and some not so amazing performances, but the best part was definitely seeing the introductions to the new cast and getting an idea of how they’ll do this season.
There were a couple really uncomfortable moments like when Paula Deen talked about her underwear. Also when Carrie Ann was making some sexual comments about Hayes Grier that was pretty creepy, though he did the exact same thing to Emma all during their intro video so it’s just a creepy situation all around.
Gary Busey was… interesting. That’s really all I can say about it right now. I bet he is going to be quite the character throughout his entire run on this season.
Bindi and Derek did amazing! Their performance was just so fun to watch and I enjoyed it so much, it was great to see! Julianne even called their dance the best performance of the night!
Something I thought was funny was during Nick and Sharna’s performance Nick was making boy band faces. Like, all dancers make different expressions when they’re dancing, but his were definitely looking like those that boy band members would make in their music videos back in the day. His Backstreet Boy side was definitely showing.
Now I’m Team Crikey all the way, rooting for Bindi and Derek. But I have to admit, I’m also really excited to see Andy and Alison dancing. I love Andy’s song and I thought Alison did phenomenal last season so I’m really excited to see how they do too!