After pairings are announced for “Dancing with the Stars,” the next order of business is not to get to rehearsal — nay, it’s to come up with a team name. That’s not as easy as it sounds. You want to be fun, cheeky, succinct and hashtag-able. If you’re lucky, it can come easily to you; if you’re not, you could stress about it every waking minute.
This was true for some of the couples on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” but they persevered. See their team names below — and check back as the rest get announced.
Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson: Team Just Friends
Get it? Because they’re just friends. Rippon has a boyfriend, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, and Johnson is dating two-time “Dancing” champ Val Chmerkovskiy.
Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb Savchenko: Team Mirrorballers
Though they haven’t announced it — because they can’t (thanks, NCAA!) — Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten revealed on Instagram that they had to drop Team Miralball from consideration because it was too similar to Ogunbowale and Savchenko’s team name.
Chris Mazdzer and Witney Carson: Team Move It or Luge It
Pun-tastic. A+ all around. Well done.
Jennie Finch Daigle and Keo Motsepe: Team Pitch Perfect
Another excellent pun. Now we’re just wondering why the Olympic champion pitcher was never in any of the “Pitch Perfect” films.
Johnny Damon and Emma Slater: Team Home Run
Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess: Team Back That Pass Up
These two gave fans three options: Team Back That Pass Up, Team Doin’ It for the Kids and Team Tangos and Touchdowns. Thankfully, the people chose wisely.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold: Team Tall and Small
This one wrote itself.
Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten: Team Fire, Ice and Spice
If you’ve been following their weeklong plight on Instagram, you know that these two have been agonizing over their moniker after they had to nix Team Miralball. Other options: Team Abs and Axels, and Team Fire and Ice. Nagasu made a major push for Team Fire, Ice and Toast, because of their appetites, but Bersten was not on board. They finally compromised on Team Fire, Ice and Spice — with the latter repping their love of food.
I can’t even tell you how long it took for us to come up with this team name. Imagine how long it’s been taking for me to learn how to ???????? https://t.co/EmVLTvbRWB
— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) April 18, 2018
Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber: Team Axellent
More pun brilliance from America’s first triple axel queen.
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” premieres Monday, April 30 at 8/7c on ABC.
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