The exciting season 27 premiere of Dancing With the Stars has officially kicked off!
The 13 new contestants vying for the coveted Mirrorball trophy made their dancing debut Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and ET will be keeping you up-to-date with all the best moments in the ballroom.
From the opening number to the most energetic dances to the scores from the judges, follow along as we live blog part one of DWTS' two-night premiere, which continues Tuesday night.
Where We Stand at the End of Night 16:59 PM:
After an amazing first night of competition there are a few obvious standouts, and a few stars who really need to up their game if they want to stick around.
Here's where everyone stands on the leader board going into Tuesday's show.
Tinashe & Brandon -- 23
DeMarcus & Lindsay -- 23
Juan Pablo & Cheryl -- 22
Alexis & Alan -- 21
Bobby & Sharna -- 20
Milo & Witney -- 20
Mary Lou & Sasha -- 19
Evanna & Keo -- 18
John & Emma -- 18
Danelle & Artem -- 18
Nikki & Gleb -- 17
Nancy & Val -- 17
Joe & Jenna -- 14
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold Steal the Show6:58 PM:
The former NFL star has a lot of potential with his obvious charm, incredible athleticism and impressive abs. Once you add in his super talented partner, and it's easy to imagine him making it to the finals.
The pair pulled off an amazing Cha Cha, set to Flo Rida's "Sweet Sensation," and he instantly captivated the audience -- especially when he literally jumped over Arnold in one leap.
The judges had a hard time containing their enthusiasm for the pair, and they took home a 23 out of 30 -- tying Tinashe and Brandon for the top score of the night!
Grocery Store Joe and Jenna Johnson Crash Their Shopping Carts6:50 PM:
Joe and Bachelor superfan Jenna had a lot of chemistry, and she couldn't be more excited to be his partner -- but she's got a lot of work ahead of her.
All of their enthusiasm made for a wild quickstep routine -- set to “Fish Out of Water” by Leo Soul -- that kicked off with Joe and Jenna bumping into each other at the world's most sparkly grocery store. But after a few missteps, it snowballed and went down hill fast.
Sadly, the feedback wasn't overwhelming to say the least. Despite his charm, and his screaming fans in the audience, they earned a 14 out of 30, putting them at the very bottom of the leader board.
Joe mentioned how, after getting sent home after the first episode of The Bachelorette, he was determined not to be the first sent home on DWTS. If he keeps this up, he might not be able to pull that off.
Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy6:44 PM:
The Facts of Life actress and the two-time DWTS champ might be a good combo this season, if their first number was any indication.
The pair hit the stage dressed to the nines, with Val rocking a full white tuxedo and tails, as they pulled off an impressive quickstep to a high-octane rendition of "It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Club Des Belugas that was pure classic Hollywood.
They also got a lot of love from the judges, who took issue with some of the performance's technical aspects but had nothing but praise for their charisma. They earned a score of 18 out of 30.
While their score wasn't stellar, with Nancy's draw as a TV icon and Val's huge fan base, they could get quite a strong following throughout this season and if they can keep their energy up and chemistry hot, they could be in this for the long haul.
Tinashe Wows With First-Time Pro Brandon Armstrong6:32 PM:
After being a member of the DWTS troupe for three seasons, Brandon hit the stage with Tinashe for their debut performance that looked like it deserved to be a performance from much farther along in the competition.
Their high-energy jive, set to "I’m a Lady" by Meghan Trainor, allowed Tinashe's star quality to shine through and cemented the pair's place at the front of the pack.
All three judges had nothing but praise for the singer and the first-time pro, and rewarded the pair with an impressive 23 out of 30 -- the highest score of the night thus far.
John Schneider and Emma Slater Have Some Good Ol' Fun6:22 PM:
John is best known for playing Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard -- and they made sure to play up with nostalgia by setting their Southern-themed performance around an orange Dodge Charger, similar to the one he drove on the show (minus the huge confederate flag on the roof for obvious reasons).
Aside from the pair's fun and energetic fox trot set to Waylon Jennings' "Good Ol’ Boys" -- which was also the theme song to his show -- the best part of John and Emma's debut was getting to hear the English pro dancer's decent attempt at imitating a Southern accent.
While they didn't get rave reviews from the judges, the couple were met with a lot of love for their effort, and earned a score of 18 out of 30.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten6:15 PM:
The Instagram model brought the feels during the pre-taped package when she revealed that she's competing because it was one of her late mom's favorite shows. It's hard to find a sweeter reason.
The pair tapped into a sexy, 1950s retro vibe for their jive, set to Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," and the ice cream shop set was the perfect backdrop for their fancy footwork.
The judges were truly impressed with the performance, and Alexis seemed overjoyed by the experience -- even more so when they earned a score of 21 out of 30.
With Alexis' massive Instagram following (of potential voters), the model and social media star might have just secured her place at the front of this season's slate of DWTS hopefuls.
Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko Are a Little Shaky, But All Smiles6:05 PM:
No comedian has ever won DWTS -- or really even come close -- so will Nikki be the first? It's still hard to tell, but at least she seems excited!
The two hit the stage for a sexy salsa set to "YES" by Louisa feat. 2 Chainz, and while they both appeared to be having a good time, they didn't get the best feedback from the judges.
In fact, Bruno's compliment saying that the dance "wasn't a complete train wreck" was one of the best remarks they received for their performance.
With a score of 17 out of 30, they also are at the bottom of the night's scoreboard.
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke Turn Up the Heat5:58 PM:
The handsome Fuller House actor had the fiery passion fans were hoping to see, and he seems to be a good fit for Cheryl -- who is competing in her 21st season of DWTS this time around.
Their steamy salsa -- set to "Dinero" by Jennifer Lopez feat. DJ Khaled & Cardi B -- had the sexiness, strobe lights and pyrotechnics that all memorable routines need and had all the markings of a front runner performance.
The judges seemed blown away by the couple's chemistry and Juan Pablo's hunkiness, and they earned the highest score of the night thus far with a 22 out of 30.
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess Go Country5:48 PM:
The country music radio star delivered a flamboyant, rolicking jive set to Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," and it was one of the most energetic numbers of the night thus far.
With Bobby and Sharna rocking fiery red ensembles, the pair couldn't have looked hotter, and Bobby seemed absolutely possessed by the spirit of rock and roll after the number ended as he screamed and ran around the stage celebrating his own accomplishment.
He was so enthusiastic he ended up falling over and Sharna could barely contain herself as her partner ran about like a mad man.
Despite being "rough around the edges" as Len said, they still took home a score of 20 out of 30.
Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev Break Through Barriers5:39 PM:
Danelle is a paralympic skier and also the first blind DWTS competitor, which obviously provided a number of challenges for her and Artem when it came to learning dance moves and routines.
But if their powerful, emotional foxtrot, set to "Rise Up" by Andra Day, is any indication, they are going to make things work this season, and it's going to be emotional and inspiring.
Danelle's husband (as well as her guide dog) joined the pair on stage after the dance, and it was a beautifully powerful moment, as this was the first time she'd let him see her dance.
Carrie Ann even sounded like she was almost about to cry while reflecting on the performance, and the couple earned an impressive 18 out of 30 for their routine.
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe Bring the Magic5:29 PM:
The actress who made her name playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film franchise clearly has a passion for dance, and seems super excited to be competing.
For their number, they gave a subtle nod to Evanna's experiences at Hogwarts by dancing their foxtrot to "Do You Believe in Magic” by Aly & AJ. However, their dance was pure class without a hint of cheesiness. Keo and Evanna looked amazing in shimmering teal ensembles, and they controlled the dance floor with precision.
The judges all recognized that Evanna has a passion and a skill for dance, but felt that this particular type of dance just wasn't right for her this time around.
The pair earned a score of 18 out of 30 (and Len's less-than-thrilling '5' led host Tom Bergeron to compare him to Voldemort, which is just wonderful).
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson Talk Zombies5:19 PM:
Basically, one of the only things the 17-year-old actor has starred in is the Disney Channel movie Zombies, which they referenced a lot in their pre-taped package. After all, he's young and people have to know who they are voting for.
Luckily, they didn't fall into that trap of doing a Zombie-themed routine when they came out rocking a lot of purple for a Cha Cha set to "Free Free Free" by Pitbull featuring Theron Theron.
Early reviews for their performance were glowing, with the judges recognizing his enthusiasm and skills, and rewarding the couple with a score of 20 out of 30.
Grocery Store Joe Gets Some Support From His Lady Love5:11 PM:
While Joe Amabile hasn't performed yet, he's feeling the love from the audience. His girlfriend, Kendall Long, came out to show him some sweet support during the opening night of competition. The reality star was in the audience, just like Joe said she'd be last week when he joked on Instagram that they "are going to break up" if she didn't.
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber are Total 'Treasures'5:07 PM:
The 50-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast and her charismatic pro partner came out swinging as the first couple of the night to perform, dancing the Cha Cha to Bruno Mars' "Treasures."
The pair made sure to make the most of Mary Lou's iconic status as an American sports hero with a very patriotic red, white and blue theme that worked wonders.
The dance also seemed to impress the judges -- Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba -- who praised Mary Lou's confidence, but warned her to calm down, go a bit slower and watch her footwork.
For their efforts, Mary Lou and Sasha earned a score of 19 out of 30.
And Here We Go!5:01 PM:
This season's 13 dynamic couples took to the dance floor to kick off the start of season 27, and the stars gave fans the first, brief glimpse at their dance skills with a big group number, set to Erin Boheme's cover of "I Won’t Dance" and choreographed by the great Mandy Moore.
The grand, glittery show-stopping routine introduced fans to all the enthusiastic pairs and it was the kind of fun, over-the-top opening we've come to expect and anticipate from a DWTS premiere.
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