‘Dancing with the Stars’ slugfest: Why we love Jordan Fisher, but think Sasha Pieterse is at risk [WATCH]

Who gave the best performances when “Dancing with the Stars” returned for its 25th season premiere on Monday night? I sat down with Gold Derby contributors Cordell Martin and Jeffrey Kare to discuss the highs and lows of the premiere, and we all agree that Broadway actor Jordan Fisher, violinist Lindsey Stirling, and TV personality Vanessa Lachey were among the highlights of evening. Watch our video slugfest above, and check out Martin’s complete rankings here.

“I had high expectations [for Jordan Fisher], and he delivered,” says Martin. “His tango was amazing. I think his chemistry with [pro partner Lindsay Arnold] is spot-on. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw them in the final two.” He also thought Stirling “killed it” and that Vanessa Lachey “delivered” despite his lower expectations.

“I have to agree with Cordell,” says Kare about the best performances of the night. “I definitely thought Vanessa, Jordan, and Victoria Arlen probably stood out most the other night.” Arlen has challenges above and beyond the other competitors this season, having come back from an illness that left her in a vegetative state for four years. She revealed to her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy that she only learned to walk again a year ago, and that despite her recovery she still has no feeling in her legs.

So who will be the first eliminated following this week’s performances? It was revealed during the premiere that there will be two eliminations: one on Monday night and then another right after on Tuesday, and Martin thinks “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran “should be the first to go” given a performance that left her at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard.

We’re also worried for other contestants who received better scores than Corcoran but may not have been as memorable, which can be even worse since they’ll need viewer votes to advance. Martin thought “Pretty Little Liars” star Sasha Pieterse was “forgettable … and her personality doesn’t radiate like a Vanessa Lachey.” Kare agrees that Pieterse and Corcoran “do not seem to have hit a home rum on their first night.”

What do you think? Watch our in-depth video recap above, and let us know what you think by commenting below and making your predictions.

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