Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei had the unenviable task of going first on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on Monday night, March 20 — not only was she the first dancer of the evening, she was the first dancer of the season. The judges had no idea what to expect from the performers who would follow her, so they scored her conservatively: 7s from Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli, and a 6 from Len Goodman. As the night went on the judges felt a little freer with their scoring paddles, which resulted in a sixth place finish for Kordei, but she deserved better.
The judges weren’t without criticism of Kordei’s routine. Goodman thought it was “a bit long-winded getting started,” noting that it took some time for Kordei and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy to get into their actual quickstep choreography, and Inaba noted that they “need to do a little more partnering” as opposed to dancing individually. But otherwise Inaba felt “it was great, it was fantastic, it was light.” Tonioli called it “snappy.” And Hough thought it was a “great way to come out and set the tone … Your quickstep was tight, it was precise.” Even Goodman, who gave them that dreaded 6 score, said that once they got to the heart of their performance, “You were totally committed, you were full of energy … first-class.”
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