A new season of Dancing with the Stars is upon us once again and, while I was skeptical at first, I’m now very excited for this season. This year is extra special as it’s the 25th season of the show!
It’s quite a mix of celebrities they’ve got dancing this year and the couples are as follows:
Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev
Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe
Derek Fisher & Sharna Burgess
Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold
Debbie Gibson & Alan Bernsten
Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd
Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson
Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke
Sasha Pieterse & Gleb Savchenko
Drew Scott & Emma Slater
Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas
Definitely an interesting mixture. You’ve got two married couples competing against each other, as well as the return of a former champ (yay Mark!) and a new pro stepping up to the plate as Alan Bernsten was promoted this season.
The night kicked off right away with a grand opening number and straight into it with the couples first meetings and first dances.
Here are the scores from the first week of season 25:
Terrell & Cheryl
Song: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” – The Temptations
Terrell Owens – Former Wide Receiver for the NFL who played for the 49ers, the Cowboys, the Wranglers, and several others.
Debbie & Alan
Song: “Lost in Your Eyes” – Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson – Former 80s icon who had several number one hits and now stars on Broadway
Sasha & Gleb
Song: “Like That” – Fleur East
Sasha Pieterse – Actress and Singer best known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in Pretty Little Liars
Drew & Emma
Song: “Our House” – Madness
Drew Scott – Co-Host of reality home renovation show, Property Brothers, alongside his twin brother, Jonathan Scott
Barbara & Keo
Song: “Money Maker” – Ludacris feat. Pharrell Williams
Barbara Corcoran – Shark Tank Panelist, Author, Columnist, and Founder of The Corcoran Group
Jordan & Lindsay
Song: “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” – Shawn Mendes
Jordan Fisher – Actor and Singer who released his EP in 2016 and has had roles in Teen Wolf, Secret Life of the American Teenager, and Broadway’s Hamilton.
Nick & Peta
Song: “Come Get it Bae” – Pharrell Williams
Nick Lachey – Lead Singer of 98 Degrees and star of the series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica alongside Jessica Simpson. He is now married to Vanessa who is competing with Maks.
Vanessa & Maks
Song: “Woman” – kesha feat. The Dap-Kings Horns
Vanessa Lachey – Miss Teen USA in 1998, model, and correspondant for Entertainment Tonight. She is married to Nick who is performing with Peta.
Frankie & Witney
Song: “Sign of the Times” – Harry Styles
Frankie Muniz – Actor, Musician, and Race Car Driver. Best known for his role as “Malcolm” in Malcolm in the Middle
Nikki & Artem
Song: “So What” – Pink
Nikki Bella – Two time WWE Divas Champion and model who won Choice Female Athlete at the Teen Choice Awards 2016
Derek & Sharna
Song: “Basketball” – Kurtis Blow
Derek Fisher – Former NBA Player who played for the Lakers, the Warriors, the Mavericks, amongst others. He then went on to coach the New York Knicks for two years
Victoria & Val
Song: “Born Ready” – The Disco Fries feat. Hope Murphy
Victoria Arlen – Gold Medal Paralympic Swimmer who relearned to walk after being paralyzed from the waist down for almost a decade. She is now a Host for ESPN
Lindsey & Mark
Song: “Don’t Worry” – Madcon feat. Ray Dalton
Lindsey Stirling – Violinist and Composer who has released several albums and has amassed a large following on her Youtube channel where she posts videos performing both original work and covers
What a night! Lindsey & Mark and Jordan & Lindsay are currently tied at the top of the leaderboard, while Barbara & Keo are in last place.
However, it’s only week one and who knows what will happen in the coming weeks.
Dancing with the Stars is airing Monday AND Tuesday next week, with two eliminations occurring. That’s right, going from 13 couples to 11 in week two!
I was pleasantly surprised by some of the dances performed on Monday night and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings.
Personally I’m rooting for Lindsey & Mark and Frankie & Witney.
Who are you rooting for?