Dancing with the Stars returned for Season 32 last night. With a new hosting duo, judge, and new contestants, excitement was in the ballroom as we we introduced to this season’s dancers. Want to know how the night went? Check out all of those dazzling first moves and scores below!
Last night’s show introduced “The Mirrorball Universe” as Julianne Hough and Alfonso Ribeiro brought this season’s pros to the ballroom for a glitzy holographic ensemble routine. Choreographed by Luam, the opening number had the confetti falling and made us want to pull out our sparkliest outfits!
- 14 couples dance in the ballroom for the first time this season!
- Rylee Arnold joins from DWTS Juniors.
- Derek Hough jumps into his first night as a permanent judge for Season 32.
- The Mirrorball Trophy was renamed and redesigned in honor of Len Goodman who passed away earlier this year after retiring at the end of Season 31. The Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy is DWTS ultimate prize and has a little extra sparkle and a bow tie to honor the late judge.
Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy
Xochitl is the youngest contestant this season at only 17 years old. Paired with Val, this Marvel star got her introduction to ballroom dance with the cha cha. Carrie Ann loved Xochitl’s energy and complimented her “It Factor.” Derek had some technical advice but overall thought she was “sensational,” and Bruno said the “Marvelette” has “enormous” potential.
Barry Williams and Peta Murgatroyd
Barry said he had been waiting 17 years to dance in the ballroom and cross ballroom dance off his bucket list. Barry and Peta brought some classic Brady Bunch energy to their foxtrot as they set their sights on being the oldest winner of DWTS. “Wow, Barry!” Derek said, loosening up his hips to match Barry’s moves. Bruno said Barry danced “like a perfect gentleman.” Positivity was in the air after this sunshine-y performance.
Tyson Beckford and Jenna Johnson
Tyson entered rehearsals with confidence. After a summer of training for this season, Tyson was ready to take on the cha cha, but rhythm and timing were a challenge. Bruno wanted to see better footwork and technique to match Tyson’s personality and movement. Carrie Ann also saw a lot of potential in this couple and wanted to see him challenging some of his modeling technique like posing and walking off-beat to allow his ballroom skills to grow.
Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber
Dance was never Allison’s thing since a bad recital experience when she was child. Sasha knew that Allison’s character work would be a breeze if they could get their steps in sync. Dancing the salsa for their first performance, they earned compliments from Carrie Ann, but she wanted Allison to be a little more serious. Derek and Bruno both wanted to see her work on their timing but loved her enthusiasm.
Harry Jowsey and Rylee Arnold
Trying to outgrow his player reputation, Harry tried on the cha cha with first-time pro Rylee. Their beach-themed routine did more than allude to Harry’s reality dating fame. Derek wanted to see a lot of work from this couple, and Bruno saw his own moves in Harry’s charismatic shirtwork.
Jason Mraz and Daniella Karagach
Pairing the huge star with the superfan, Jason and Daniella did the cha cha Jason’s song “I Feel Like Dancing.” No fears, only dancing! Jason came out hoping to impress. “Jason, what is going on here? Why’d you keep this secret from us? He’s a dancer, come on!” Bruno said of the performance, and Carrie Ann called their performance the best of the night so far.
Jamie Lynn Spears and Alan Bersten
Jamie Lynn shared that she did dance and cheer as a kid, but was never good at dance. This week, she jumped back in with a tango. Carrie Ann wanted to see Jamie Lynn keep up her happy character as she danced rather than shifting into a more tense. Bruno was worried that was losing her core and frame.
Adrian Peterson and Britt Stewart
Football records fill Adrian’s resume, and he is determined to add a DWTS win to his list of achievements. Breaking his football habits for a smooth salsa, Adrian and Britt used this football star’s strength for some awesome lifts and tricks. Derek wanted more rhythm, fluidity, and ease from Adrian. Bruno liked Adrian’s commitment to the dance and his in-the-moment moves despite some misteps.
Lele Pons and Brandon Armstrong
More comfortable with TikTok than the ballroom flor, Lele Pons has been “dancing unprofessionally” for a while. This week, she teamed up with Brandon to try her grandmother’s favorite dance, the tango. Bruno loved her passion, but gaveher some advice on keeping her turns straight and centered while Carrie Ann said Lele was a “powerful woman on that dance floor.” Lele broke a nail, earning her an extra “for the nail!” point from Derek.
Mira Sorvino and Gleb Savchenko
Stepping into the cha cha with Gleb, Mira tapped into her childhood ballet classes and a strong desire to dance. “You have this ability. You have it in your body. It’s there,” Derek told Mira after their performances. Bruno complimented her leg placement and hip action which Mira credited to Gleb’s teaching.
Mauricio Umansky and Emma Slater
“Consider the Mirrorball in escrow,” Mauricio said this week as he and Emma set their sights on a win early. Emma taught Mauricio the jive for their first dance. Derek said Mauricio reminded him of his dad dancing at his wedding (a compliment apparently!). Bruno wanted to see more elastic movement, and Carrie Ann complimented his courage for doing a dance with so much cute energy.
Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev
Coming to DWTS with one little dance move, Charity jumped into the competition with a tango. Surprised to find how different dance is from cheerleading made her a little nervous, but the cpmpliments came rolling in after their performance. Bruno called the routine a “tango stunner,” and Carrie Ann was confused about what week it was after her successful first performance.
Matt Walsh and Koko Iwasaki
With one long-ago college ballet class under his belt, Matt reluctanly learned the cha cha with Koko (he shared that he has an irrational fear of the style). Hoping the votes would carry him to victory, Matt was told he needs a lot of work. Derek and Bruno complimented Matt’s facial expressions and how they distracted from the dancing.
Ariana Madix and Pasha Pashkov
The final dance of the night brought Ariana and Pasha to the ballroom floor for a tango. Wanting to start off strong, Ariana was excited to perform a fierce first dance. Bruno called her “so focused, so sharp” and “totally committed,” and Carrie Ann was excited to see Ariana taking over the dance floor with confidence.
It’s hard to say goodbye when the season has just started, but it was time eliminate a couple at the end of the night. Of the nights 14 couples, Mauricio and Emma and Matt and Koko were the bottom two after the scores and the live votes were combined. Unlike last season, the judges did not decide who would go home. Matt and Koko were at the bottom of the leaderboard at the end of the night, and the first to leave the show.
Next week, Season 32 continues live Tuesday on Disney+ and ABC at 8:00 PM ET.