Model Alexis Ren looks great on Instagram, where she has more than 12 million followers, but we didn’t know if her social media influence would translate to “Dancing with the Stars.” So it was a pleasant surprise to see her deliver one of the strongest performances during the season 27 premiere with her pro partner Alan Bersten. What did you think of their fresh-from-the-ice-cream-shop jive on night one of the two-night premiere event? Watch it above, and check out the judges’ comments below.
Bruno Tonioli: “Alexis, the Insta-stunner, and a good dancer to go with it! Alan, you’ve done a great job. That was a very good jive. You did it well, and you threw in a banana split. What more do you want in week one?”
Carrie Ann Inaba: “I’m really impressed because it was really well rehearsed and it was really well choreographed. I could see the effort you guys put into matching all your lines. Just one little thing: I think you could perform out just a hair more. You got a little into Alan. But it was very good, very clean.”
Len Goodman: “I loved those toe heel swivels. It’s a little step, no one knows what I’m talking about, but you know what I’m talking about, and you did them great. I’ll tell you what else, you did that jive great. It had a lot of attack and control, and I thought it was brilliant. Well done!”
Ren’s performance earned her straight 7s from the judges, giving her a total score of 21 out of 30. That placed her fourth on the judges’ leaderboard behind DeMarcus Ware and Tinashe (23 each) and Juan Pablo Di Pace (22). Do you think the judges got it right?