“Dancing With the Stars” Launches Season 20

Grab your dancing shoes because an all-new season of Dancing with the Stars is back on ABC! The 20th season of the show kicked off Monday, March 16 with an unforgettable episode.

The show began with Willow Shields and her partner, Mark Ballas. Shields, the youngest competitor at 14-years-old, is known for her role as Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games films. Shields and Ballas danced the cha-cha and received great comments from the judges. She has great potential and will most likely make it far in this season. Shields received a total of 25 out of 40. 

Robert Herjavec and his partner, Kym Johnson, were up next on the dance floor. Herjavec is a Croatian-born Canadian businessman who is known for starring on ABC’s Shark Tank. Herjavec and Johnson danced a fun cha-cha, making the crowd go wild. Herjavec shocked the judges, proving he belongs here, and received a total of 28 out of 40. 

Next on the dance floor were Riker Lynch and his partner, Allison Holker. Lynch is known for his role as Jeff Sterling on the hit television series, Glee. He is also the cousin of Derek and Julianne Hough, who are both professional dancers and have both won Dancing with the Stars numerous times. Lynch showed off his dance moves by jiving his way to a total of 31 out of 40.

Charlotte McKinney and her partner, Keo Motsepe were next to dance. McKinney is a model who starred in Carl’s Jr.’s infamous naked Super Bowl ad emphasizing “all-natural” ingredients. McKinney tried her best during her jive, but had a few miss-steps. She received a total of 22 out of 40.

Following McKinney and Motsepe were Patti LaBelle and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev. LaBelle is the oldest contestant on the show this season. The 70-year old Grammy winner is a legendary R&B singer whose hits include “Lady Marmalade” and “New Attitude.” LaBelle showed off her grace and elegance during her foxtrot, receiving a total of 25 out of 40. 

Next out on the dance floor were Chris Soules and his partner, Whitney Carson. Soules is the most recent bachelor whose season just ended last week. After proposing to Whitney Bischoff on the season-finale of The Bachelor, Soules is now continuing his television fame by dancing with Carson on this season of Dancing with the Stars. Soules showed a ton of potential after dancing his jive and received a total of 26 out of 40. 

Michael Sam and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, were up next on the dance floor. Sam’s name has been all over the headlines when he became the first openly gay NFL player after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams (now currently a free agent). Sam shook his hips during his cha-cha and received a total of 26 out of 40.

Next to dance the foxtrot were Nastia Liukin and her partner, Derek Hough. Liukin is a Russian-American four-time all-around U.S. National Champion gymnast and olympian who has also won nine World Championship medals. Liukin impressed the judges, even with an illegal lift in the routine, receiving a total of 30 out of 40. 

RedFoo and his partner, Emma Slater, were next to dance. RedFoo is one half of the duo LMFAO and is also a DJ and rapper. RedFoo was very passionate during his cha-cha, receiving a total of 22 out of 40.

Up next on the dance floor were Noah Galloway and his partner, Sharna Burgess. Galloway is a U.S. Army veteran and amputee who graced the cover of Men’s Health magazine in November 2014. He is now a personal trainer, a motivational speaker, and continues to participate in adventure races around the country. Galloway proved he doesn’t need his left arm or left leg to dance the cha-cha, receiving a total of 26 out of 40.

Suzanne Somers and her partner, Tony Dovolani, danced the cha-cha next. Somers is known for her television roles on Three’s Company and Step by Step. She is also a bestselling author, having written a series of self-help and diet books. Somers had a few mess-ups with her footwork, but still managed to receive a total of 25 out of 40.

Rumer Willis and her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiv, were the last to perform. Willis is the oldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore and is known for her role of Gia Mannetti on 90210. She has also guest starred on shows like Hawaii Five-O and Pretty Little Liars. Willis proved herself and impressed the judges with her foxtrot, receiving a total of 32 out of 40.

At the end of the night, Willis and Chmerkovski were on top of the leaderboard with a total of 32, while McKinney and Motsepe tied with Redfoo and Slater, both sitting at the bottom with a total of 22. Next week will be the first round of eliminations.