Dancing With The Stars Season 27 Premiere Recap: Who Shined And Who Disappointed?

Published on September 25, 2018.
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Season 27 of Dancing With the Stars officially kicked off on Monday, September 24 and with a wide array of stars from athletes to actors and social media stars and more, there was no telling who was going to impress right away, and who was going to disappoint.

After everyone had their first turn on the dancefloor, two topped the leaderboards with 23 points out of 30! Singer, actress and dancer Tinashe performed a jive to “I’m a Lady” with brand-new pro Brandon Armstrong, and the pair wowed everyone, landing one of the top scores of the night. Of course, controversy is sure to follow as many think Tinashe has an unfair advantage thanks to her many years of dance training. Also landing a top score of 23 was NFL defensive legend DeMarcus Ware. The Super Bowl winner and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold were last to dance with a high-energy cha-cha to “Sweet Sensation.” The judges couldn’t get enough of not only Ware’s impressive moves but his infectious personality.

Falling slightly behind the leaders were Fuller House actor Juan Pablo Di Pace and his pro partner Cheryl Burke. The pair performed a sexy salsa to “Dinero,” which earned them rave reviews from the judges who gave them a total score of 22. Just behind them were model Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten who dance a jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly” which Ren dedicated to her late mother whose favorite show was Dancing With the Stars. The judges loved the duo’s chemistry which earned them a 21 out of 30.

Coming in just behind Ren and Bersten were Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess, and Milo Manheim and Witney Carson. Radio personality Bobby Bones and Burgess danced a very high-energy jive to “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” which was energetic but a little hectic, landing them a 20. This season’s youngest contestant, 17-year-old Disney Channel star Milo Manheim and his pro partner Witney Carson dance the cha cha to “Free Free Free” which led to a lot of positive critiques from the judges and a final score of 20 out of 30. Falling out of the 20’s, former Olympian Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber earned themselves a 19 for their cha cha to “Treasure.”

Falling to the middle of the pack were Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe, Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev, John Schneider and Emma Slater, and Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy who all earned a final score of 18 for their routines, but definitely showed promise to really improve in upcoming weeks.

Coming just shy of 18 for a score was comedian Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko who danced a salsa to “Yes” which only earned them a 17 after Len commented that it was too “cold.”

At the bottom of the pack was Bachelor in Paradise’s Joe Amabile aka “Grocery Store Joe,” and Jenna Johnson. The pair danced a quickstep to “Fish Out of Water,” and everything from the dance to the judges trying to be positive was extremely awkward and he earned the lowest score of the night with 14.

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12 Dancing With The Stars Pairs Who Had The Best Chemistry

12. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd had many people believing that something was going on between them off the dance floor – their chemistry looked that real! It turns out that the two were just friends who shared a lot of chemistry. “I’m psyched that I got her. We obviously get along and like each other as friends and as people, so we don’t have to fake that chemistry on the floor, which would just add another element of stress. It’s genuinely there, and I like that,” the Big Time Rush member told Parade.

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11. Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold

This dancing duo won season 25 of Dancing with the Stars and with good reason – their performance technique was great and they shared a ton of chemistry. According to Arnold, the reason that they had so much success together on the dance floor was because of trust, hard work and a bit of silliness. “It’s good because we know how to go from play to work immediately,” she said. “I love that because that’s what’s going to keep us sane throughout this competition – that we can have normal conversations that aren’t just about the show, and be friends, and rely on each other and lean on each other because it’s a tough journey. It is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, mentally and physically. So having someone to lean on who you can trust is super important.”

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10. Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and dancing pro Cheryl Burke had off-the-charts chemistry when they performed together on Dancing with the Stars. Their chemistry was so intense that it resulted in a fling once the competition was over. “I mean, we had a fling,” Burke told Ellen Degeneres. “We worked so much together and we had great chemistry, but it was the same pattern I had with my boyfriends in the past.”

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9. Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

Gilles Marini (best known for being Samantha’s naked neighbor in the first Sex and the City movie) and Cheryl Burke had some really convincing chemistry during season eight of Dancing with the Stars. Many viewers wondered whether or not there was more going on between them than what they saw on the show, but it turns out that their chemistry was just for the cameras. Marini was and still is happily married.

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8. Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy

During season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, Janel Parrish (from Pretty Little Liars) and dancing pro Val Chmerkovskiy had an insane amount of chemistry. When Parrish broke up with her boyfriend, Payson Lewis, during filming, the rumor mill went into overdrive suggesting that the actress and her pro partner were becoming a pair off the dance floor as well. Although Val later admitted that they “entered into a romance” he also confirmed it was more of a showmance than anything else, and they parted ways after the show.

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7. Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas

Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas competed during season five of Dancing with the Stars and during their time working together they got really close. These two had so much chemistry during their performances that once they were eliminated they decided to take their relationship out of the ballroom and into real life, but it didn’t work out and now they are just friends.

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6. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke

Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke’s chemistry in the ballroom was undeniable. Their freestyle to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” contained the perfect balance of sex appeal and excitement and goes down in history as one of the best performances of all time. While there were some that believed that the two were engaged in a little more than dancing, lawyers for Lachey and Burke called the rumors “untrue and irresponsible.”

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5. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy

These two had some serious chemistry! Every week, it seemed to get a little more intense and even the judges took notice. “The truth is, we’ve been watching you as a couple grow. I don’t know if it’s a real couple. But it’s played into your dancing,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. Years later, Val confirmed that the crazy chemistry between them had to do with a mutual attraction. “I was young and single, she was amazing, and we had a natural attraction for each other. But I was never a person who kissed and told, and I was raised to keep personal lives private […] So the season might have been cringe-worthy at times, but at least I did get a lot of airtime, and the internet went crazy with Kelly and Val.”

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4. Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff

Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff heated up the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars in season three with their simmering routines and in-sync performances. According to Smirnoff, the two had trouble fighting their obvious attraction to each other, which is how they ended up dating for two years after their stint together on DWTS was finished.

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3. Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis had amazing chemistry during season 18 of Dancing with the Stars. With his other partners, Maks has often been temperamental, but not with Davis. He was all smiles and was doling out hugs, especially to his gold medalist partner. Everyone wanted these two to get together in real life – even judge Carrie Ann Inaba!

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2. Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson

There’s a reason that Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson’s chemistry on the dance floor felt real during season 20 – it’s because it was! Fans were delighted when they found out that their flirtatious chemistry wasn’t just for the cameras or to get them more votes and that the two were honestly just really into each other. Three years later they are now married with twins!

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1. Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton

DWTS pro Sharna Burgess and her partner during season 24, Bonner Bolton, had explosive chemistry on the dance floor, which is why people thought that they were dating. Burgess only fuelled the rumors when she posted a picture of her and Bolton getting close on Instagram. According to the professional dancer, while there was obvious chemistry between her and the bull rider, there was never anything romantic because of their teacher-student dynamic.

Dancing With The Stars 2018: Full Cast For Season 27 (With Pics)

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Dancing With The Stars 2018: Full Cast For Season 27 (With Pics)

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