Actor Milo Manheim was one of the biggest question marks going into season 27 of “Dancing with the Stars.” At just 17-years-old he’s the youngest celeb in the competition, and he doesn’t have very many screen credits besides his starring role in the 2018 Disney Channel original movie “Zombies.” So his debut cha cha during the season premiere was especially gratifying. Paired with pro partner Witney Carson, who won season 19 with Alfonso Ribeiro, he showed poise beyond his years. Watch it above, and see what the judges had to say about it below.
Bruno Tonioli: “Such energy, exuberance, zest. Your timing is brilliant. You have to be careful, my darling, though, don’t get with the kind of zombie long legs because what you do is you lose the pressure through it and sometimes you go a little knobby-kneed — your knee goes inward, your foot goes out. So control that because I’m telling you, you are great.”
Carrie Ann Inaba: “That was exciting to watch. You have such a great stature for dancing. I think you were probably super excited — you’re a little bit wild. But what I really love is how open you are and how long your neck is. Your posture is fantastic. Just watch your arms. You kind of don’t finish your moves because you have such long limbs. Just finish those moves.”
Len Goodman: “You’re tall and you’re willowy, and because of that you lose a little bit of control in your body. You’ve got to dance up, stretch through your legs and that’ll give you a natural hip action. So stretch through, straighten those legs a little bit. But you’re a dancer, well done!”
Manheim scored 7s from Inaba and Tonioli and a 6 from Goodman, which gave him a total of 20 out of 30. That was good enough for 5th place out of 13 celebs — not a bad start. But I thought he was somewhat underscored, probably because he was the second performer of the night and the judges were reserving judgment for later performances. Still, I think he deserved better than a tie with Bobby Bones, who was infectious and spirited during his jive, but a lot messier. What did you think?