Who's Going To Take Home the Mirrorball on This Season of Dancing with the Stars? Read Our Predictions
12. Geraldo Rivera & Edyta Sliwinska
Rivera may be epically talented at his day job, but there's not much about journalism and TV commentating that overlaps with dance, so he's got his work cut out for him. And based on his initial performance – he only got a 13/30 – he could end up being the first to go.
11. Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff
Unlike his fellow NFL DTWS competitors, Antonio Brown and Von Milley, Flutie has been off the field for a few years now. We don't know if that made a difference in his performance, but something did. He got the second lowest score of the evening, and as Smirnoff translated, was told by the judges to work on improving "pretty much everything."
10. Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev
We didn't see much of Barton's moves on The O.C., and perhaps for a good reason: The actress was a dealt a 16/30 on the opening night, the third lowest score of the evening.
9. Kim Fields & Sasha Farber
Fields is solidly in the middle of the pack with a score of 20/30. The judges think the Facts of Life star has the confidence and attitude but needs to work a bit more on the technical elements. Not a bad critique for your first week!
8. Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess
The Pittsburgh Steeler easily charmed the judges with his lively quickstep, and while he's got a little work to do on harnessing his energy, it's looking promising so far: He got a 21/30.
7. Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani
She's got Broadway experience – over 20 years ago – but Maples still looked like a natural on stage. She earned a 21/30 and praise from the judges.
6. Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Turns out, ultimate fighting is pretty good practice for ballroom dancing. Alright, so we don't know if there's a correlation, but VanZant looked super comfortable on the dance floor. All the judges praised the UFC fighter as a "natural", giving her a 21/30.
5. Von Miller & Witney Carson
His fancy footwork on the football field helped land his team, the Denver Broncos, a Super Bowl championship – chances are, that will translate to scoring high on DWTS. And for night one, it did, earning a 21/30.
4. Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe
We saw Sweetin's moves as a kid on Full House, and Fuller House taught us that they haven't gone anywhere in the years since. She's still got some growing to do on DWTS – her score was 20/30 – but the judges say she's got great attitude and catches the details in the dance, meaning she's got top four potential.
3. Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
As a part of Boyz II Men, we know Morris is no stranger to the stage, and it showed on Monday night. He walked home with a score of 23/30, tied for top score of the evening. He's also been preparing for this moment for a long time – he said he's been waiting for nine years to do DWTS – and it shows.
2. Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
If you've taken one look at DiMarco's abs, you'll know that he'll be ready to all sorts of 10-worthy lifts. And if Noah Galloway or Marlee Matlin's performances on past seasons were any indication, a perceived "disability" need not be a roadblock. He earned a 23/30 on night one – tied for highest score of the evening – and seriously impressed the judges. We'll be seeing these two around for quite a few more weeks.
1. Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy
She's got enough energy to wake up early enough to get to work at Good Morning America on time, which will undoubtedly help her on the the dance floor. Plus, Val is a recent champ (he won season 20 with Rumer Willis), so he knows the path to dancing success. She came out strong on night one, earning 23/30 and a comparison to last season's champ, Bindi Irwin. If that's not the indication we've got a winner here, I don't know what is.