Below is the complete list of dances that each couple will perform on week one of “Dancing with the Stars,” season 24. Each star will dance one of five different dance styles (salsa, cha cha, tango, Viennese waltz & quickstep). Below are my pre-show predictions on how each couple will fare with their assigned dance. Or if you don’t believe me, check out our collective predictions here.
Tango – “Untouchable” by Tritonal and Cash Cash
Biles and Farber are the only couple assigned the tango for week one, which will help them stand out from the rest of the competition. Most tangos on “DWTS” are performed later in the competition as they require chemistry and intensity for each couple that often needs to be developed over time. I think Biles will do well with the technique and posture but could struggle in mastering the intensity needed for this dance, which I would expect judges Len Goodman or Julianne Hough to comment on.
Cha Cha – “Move” by Luke Bryan
Bolton is one of the four male contestants performing the cha cha in week one. The cha cha is always a great first dance as it one of the easier styles and more entertaining. I think with Bolton’s good looks and Burgess’s ability to choreograph to her partners’ strengths, expect to see Bolton as one of the surprise stars of the night.
Score Prediction: 7 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 28
Salsa – “Cuban Pete” by Mambo Compañeros
Charo will be one of two couples performing the salsa in week one. Like cha cha, salsa is also one of those fun and entertaining dance styles if done right. This performance will be one of the night’s most entertaining, but probably not for its spectacular choreography. Charo is known to be such a free spirit, and I’m not sure if Motsepe has the teaching experience to rein her in for the appropriate technique.
Score Prediction: 6 (Inaba) + 5 (Goodman) + 5 (Hough) + 6 (Tonioli) = 22
Salsa – “XXPEN$IVE” by Erika Jayne
Erika Jayne will be performing the second salsa routine of the night to her single “XXPEN$IVE.” Like Bolton, Jayne is going to need to come out of the gate swinging if she wants to be considered a contender. One advantage for her is that she’s dancing to her own song, which should help her in finding the rhythm. She’s also very comfortable in her skin and can easily sell the sex appeal needed for the salsa.
Score Prediction: 7 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 8 (Tonioli) = 29
Cha Cha – “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
As a mentioned before, the cha cha is normally one of the more entertaining dance styles on “Dancing With the Stars.” Jennings and Slater are dancing to Bruno Mars’s hit “24K Magic,” which will no doubt get the crowd on its feet. Mix that with Jennings’s charming personality, and I think this will be a hit with viewers.
Score Prediction: 8 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 7 (Tonioli) = 29
Cha Cha – “What is Love” by Haddaway
“SNL” alum Chris Kattan will no doubt bring laughs to the evening as he performs a cha cha to “What is Love” by Haddaway, a song that his fans will remember from his film “A Night at the Roxbury” and the “SNL” sketch it was spun-off from. Comedians tend to do poorly on “Dancing With the Stars.” They’re entertaining in their own way but rarely have the technique needed to sell the dance. As a longtime fan of “DWTS,” I think Kattan will suffer the same fate as past comedians and be one of the lowest scoring couples of the night.
Score Predictions: 6 (Inaba) + 5 (Goodman) + 5 (Hough) + 5 (Tonioli) = 21
Viennese Waltz – “She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel
Olympic ice skater Nancy Kerrigan and her partner Artem Chigvintsev are dancing one of the two Viennese waltzes we’ll see on night one. Out of all the couples, I feel that Kerrigan has the perfect dance style that suits her strengths. As an ice skater, she’s used to performing routines that are very lyrical and fluid, which is essential in the Viennese waltz. Expect Kerrigan to be near the top of the leaderboard.
Score Predictions: 9 (Inaba) + 8 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 9 (Tonioli) = 34
Quickstep – “Good Time Good Life” by Erin Bowman
Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy are one of two couples performing a quickstep. Like the tango, the quickstep is usually performed later in the season as contestants build up the necessary stamina needed to handle this fast-paced dance. From a performance standpoint, I think Kordei will shine. However, I’m not sure if she has the stamina to complete the routine without running out of gas midway through. This routine could either be a showstopper or a disappointment considering the high expectations for this couple.
Score Predictions: 8 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 7 (Hough) + 8 (Tonioli) = 30
Viennese Waltz – “Make Something Beautiful” by Ben Rector
This season’s “ringer,” Heather Morris will be performing the other Viennese waltz of the night with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Since the announcement of the cast on March 1, Morris has received a fair amount of criticism and high expectations based on her extensive dance experience. I think it was a great choice for the producers to assign Morris this dance as she has more of a background in hip-hop as opposed to the more lyrical dancing the waltz requires. I’m fairly confident that Morris will rise to the occasion and deliver an amazing routine. But as a fan of the show, I have a hunch Goodman will find something wrong with it and low-ball them with his score.
Score Prediction: 9 (Inaba) + 7 (Goodman) + 8 (Hough) + 9 (Tonioli) = 33
Cha Cha – “Theme from the A-Team” by Mike Post, Pete Carpenter and The Daniel Caine Orchestra
’80s TV icon Mr. T and his partner Kym Johnson will dance the cha cha to the theme from the “A-Team,” which Mr. T is famously known for. Viewers tend to have a soft spot for more mature contestants like Patti LaBelle, Cloris Leachman, Buzz Aldrin and Florence Henderson, just to name a few. Although I’m not expecting this routine to be one of the more technical dances, I’m sure Mr. T will bring smiles to viewers who grew up watching him.
Score Prediction: 6 (Inaba) + 5 (Goodman) + 5 (Hough) + 5 (Tonioli) = 21
Quickstep – “Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman
MLB player David Ross and his partner Lindsay Arnold are dancing the quickstep to the “Go Cubs Go” theme song from the reigning world champions, the Chicago Cubs. As I mentioned above with Kordei, the quickstep is one of the more difficult dances to master, especially in week one. And as athletes go, Ross is not known to be the most physically fit professional baseball player in the league. He will be one of the few stars that will benefit from already having a large fan base to offset the judges’ scores.
Score Predictions: 6 (Inaba) + 5 (Goodman) + 6 (Hough) + 6 (Tonioli) = 23
Cha Cha – “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake and Tiësto featuring Justin Bieber
“Bachelor” Nick Viall and his partner Peta Murgatroyd will also perform a cha cha. I’m not expecting to be blown away by Viall’s dance ability. Almost all of the past “Bachelor” contestants lacked the hip action and musicality needed for the cha cha. I can guarantee that we’ll see a lot of Murgatroyd dancing around Viall to distract the audience and viewers from his lack of technique.
Score Predictions: 6 (Inaba) + 6 (Goodman) + 6 (Hough) + 6 (Tonioli) = 24
So here’s how I think the overall judges’ leaderboard will break down. Do you agree with me that Kerrigan will surprise with the night’s top score?
Nancy Kerrigan — 34
Heather Morris — 33
Simone Biles — 30
Normani Kordei — 30
Erika Jayne — 29
Rashad Jennings — 29
Bonner Bolton — 28
Nick Viall — 24
David Ross — 23
Charo — 22
Chris Kattan — 21
Mr. T — 21
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