“The Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown was the first celeb to perform on the first night of “Dancing with the Stars” season 28 — no pressure, right? That’s never an enviable position to be in, but she made a strong first impression. Do you think she’s a top contender for the Mirror Ball Trophy? Watch her debut cha cha above.
Brown was paired with Alan Bersten, a relatively new pro dancer on “DWTS” who has competed three times before, finishing 12th with Debbie Gibson in season 25, but then improving all the way to 4th place with both Mirai Nagasu (season 26) and Alexis Ren (season 27). Brown greeted her partner “Bachelorette”-style when he stepped out of a limo and she pinned her rose to his lapel before learning some steps from him.
Bersten’s tutelage paid off. Head judge Len Goodman called the routine “crisp, clean and confident” and “a wonderful way to kick off the show.” Carrie Ann Inaba thought she had great posture and form, though she struggled to keep up at first. Bruno Tonioli also praised her “attitude” while warning her not to get ahead of the music.
So it wasn’t a perfect routine, but the judges were being especially tough on night one. Brown ended up with sevens from Inaba and Goodman and a six from Tonioli, giving her a total of 20 out of 30, but that score would hold up to be the second best of the night. The only one who outdid her was James Van Der Beek, who closed the show with a routine that scored just one point higher.
Not a bad way to start the season. Do you think Brown will carry this confidence all the way to the Mirror Ball Trophy?
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