DWTS: Alfonso Ribeiro Has Strong Start on the 19th Season Premiere
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor's jive was called "the best of the night"
A missed cue and a battle with a boa kept a few stars from putting their best foot forward, but the 19th season premiere of Dancing with the Stars brought plenty of good scores and great moments – at least those that involve Cheech.
“The ballroom is bursting with enthusiasm,” exclaimed host Tom Bergeron – a hilarious quip that was actually directed at Julianne Hough’s bust line, but could also describe some of the night’s best highlights.
Here were the scores:
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. The Duck Dynasty star had a good time whipping her fringe and flipping that ponytail during her cha-cha, which made her daddy Willie proud. “Duckling no more! Here we have a bird of paradise,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli. Score: 34 out of a possible 40
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev. Dancing the foxtrot, the Back to the Future star wowed the judges with her long extensions and graceful sashays. “I don’t know about Back to the Future, but your future is rosy because that was terrific,” said Judge Len Goodman. Score: 32
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. It was a little tough for the YouTube star to keep up with her incredible pro, but her jive racked up the love from the judging panel. “Tight, clean, well-rehearsed,” said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “When you are in motion, you are fantastic.” Score: 32
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff. The light-footed fighter looked like he was enjoying the parts where he got to feel his partner up, but his foxtrot was pretty sexy. “I pride myself on being professional but I got a little weak in the knees!” said Inaba. “It was dandy, Randy,” added Goodman. “Well done.” Score: 31
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker. The Mean Girls actor was all smiles and on the beat during his peppy jive. “You have great potential,” said Goodman. “You are such a natural performer,” continued Judge Julianne Hough. Score: 30
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess. He treated his partner’s tummy like a keyboard and flashed lots of dance hands, and his foxtrot was a hit with the judges. “You were so comfortable, that was so you!” said Hough. “You are one of those people who is a natural mover,” added Inaba. Score: 29
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. The scantily clad Pretty Little Liars star quick-stepped her way into the judges’ hearts with a jive that Hough admitted was a difficult dance to attempt for the first week. “You have some fearsome courage,” said Inaba. Score: 29
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. The self-described “original stoner” rocked the house with his cha-cha, while Cheech looked on from a green low-rider. “Doesn’t he look like the most interesting man in the world?” said Bergeron. “I was expecting bad grandpa,” admitted Tonioli. Score: 27
Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke. The General Hospital star gave good face, but his cha-cha definitely underwhelmed. Though Tonioli quipped the actor was “bulging in all the right places,” Goodman said, “It’s obvious you have dancing in your blood, unfortunately it hasn’t reached your feet.” Score: 25
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater. The race car driver’s cha-cha was more like a lot of walking and air punching, but the female judges went relatively easy on him. “It was fun and entertaining, but next week I want to see a little more steps,” said Inaba. “You looked like you were having so much fun,” said Hough. Thank God Goodman delivered the tough love. “You never got out of first gear,” he said. Score: 25
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe. Her cha-cha was stiff, awkward and just plain off – a failure she blamed on a missed music cue at the beginning of her routine. “Lolo is more like an oh-oh,” said Inaba with a moan. “Don t get down on yourself,” added Goodman. “I thought you came out, you had personality and a little bit of sizzle.” Score: 22
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani. After copping to being one of the oldest contestants on the show (she’s 72!), the designer brought down the house with a cartwheel and splits after a snafu with a boa prematurely ended her cha-cha. A commercial break kept the judges from commenting, but their low scores said more than enough. Score: 20
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. They saved the best for a reason: the Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor was calm, collected and extremely cool doing the jive. “A beautiful routine, fantastically danced,” said Goodman. “That was, without question, the best dance of the night.” Score: 36