“The only thing I have to say is, ‘decaf,'” said “Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron after radio personality Bobby Bones‘s opening-night jive during the season 27 premiere of the dance competition series. Bones has no formal dance training, but he made the most of his first performance with pro partner Sharna Burgess … maybe a little too much. Watch his hyperactive performance above, and see what the judges had to say about it below.
Bruno Tonioli: “Surreal. It was alike watching Ryan Seacrest doing Buddy Holly going jiving crazy with red-hot Sharna. It was exquisitely demented. I’m telling you, if you go for it, go that way.”
Carrie Ann Inaba: “You’re a little rough around the edges, but something about it was incredible. You’ve got this wild, rock-star thing happening. I don’t know, I loved every minute of it.”
Len Goodman: “Well, what you did is you came out and you attacked the dance. You gave it plenty of welly, really went full-on, flat-out. Unfortunately, you sort of got carried away … There were a couple of little incidents during the performance.”
The judges were so flabbergasted by the routine that it was a bit challenging to separate their criticisms from their compliments. But they were so transfixed that despite any problems with his technique he got 7s from Inaba and Tonioli and a 6 from Goodman. That gave Bones a total of 20 out of 30, which tied him with Milo Manheim for the fifth highest score of the night. Did you think the judges got it right?