The search for the newest Mirror Ball champion kicked off Monday night.
Season 22 of “Dancing with the Stars” premiered with clear potential finalists already making the mark.
Taking the highest marks of the night were a trio of stars including Wayne Morris of Boys II Men fame, meteorologist Ginger Zee and deaf model Nyle DiMarco.
Meanwhile, landing at the bottom of the score board was journalist Geraldo Rivera.
The long-running reality show returned without the beloved Hough siblings as Julianne Hough is skipping the judging panel this season and Derek Hough announced he isn’t competing.
However, curmudgeon judge Len Goodman came back to deliver his usual dose of nasty comments.
Here’s how the couples fared on their first try:
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber
The “The Facts of Life” child star is all grown up and shaking in on the dance floor.
“It was a great start to the show,” Goodman praised.
The actress danced away with 20 points out of a possible 30.
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas
The UFC fighter didn’t need to pull punches to make her mark on the ballroom.
The 21-year-old has “great great potential” to take home a win, according to judge Bruno Tonioli.
She earned 21 points.
Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff
The former quarterback did not dominate the dance floor.
Instead, judges did what they do best for low-scorers and praised his “commitment.”
Flutie, whose favor with the judges will likely make him the underdog of the season,” took home 15 points.
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe
Pin a rose on her nose because Sweetin can still move just like Stephanie Tanner could.
“Very impressive,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba remarked.
However, Goodman wasn’t a fan calling the number “hectic.”
The “Fuller House” star continued her TV comeback with 20 points, falling to the middle of the pack.
Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska
No investigation needed on why this performance fell flat.
“Maybe, you’re gonna dance next week,” Tonioli said.
The 72-year-old’s cha-cha was all kinds of awkward and fetched the lowest score of the night at 13 points.
But, at least it marked the return of pro Edyta Sliwinska — though for how long is up to viewers.
Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani
The 52-year-old seems to have aged better than her famous ex.
Donald Trump’s ex-wife wowed on the dance floor, even delivering a cartwheel.
Her routine earned 21 points, as well obvious joy from Dovaloni who is usually paired with the low scorers.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold
The boy band member remarked if “if this fat white boy can do it, I can,” referencing Joey Fatone coming in second place years ago.
And, he wasn’t wrong.
“You can make it to the end of the road,” Goodman said.
The R&B singer fetched 23 points, typing him at the top for the night.
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy
The “Good Morning America” star earned perhaps the highest praise of the night, with Inaba comparing her “infectious” energy to reigning champion Bindi Irwin.
Goodman, meanwhile, called her dance floor’s “ray of sunshine.”
Her jive earned 23 points.
Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev
Fans waiting for the “O.C.” star to make her comeback should keep waiting.
Barton, who has kept a low profile since being killed of the hit show, seemed to be dancing with two left feet, according to the trio of judges.
“That wasn’t a dance, that was walking” Goodman said.
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd
It’s very possible he’ll be America’s next top dancer.
The deaf model stunned judges with his routine, which earned 23 points.
“Shut up are you for real?” asked an amazed Tonioli.
“It just got better and better,” added Goodman.
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess
The NFL superstar’s moves scored a touchdown –and made a possible super fan out of Inaba.
“You’re magic!” she said. “You’re fantastic.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ player ended the night with 21 points.
Von Miller and Witney Carson
The Super Bowl MVP didn’t lag behind Brown.
His foxtrot was a solid first dance for judges, who praised him for his charisma.
The Denver Broncos linebacker was awarded 21 points.
Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75
Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.
The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.
His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.
Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”
KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”
Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.
He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.
Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.
Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.
“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.
“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.
“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”
Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!
Just in case you haven’t heard, Halle Bailey is the new Ariel, in an upcoming “The Little Mermaid” movie! She has been receiving messages from fans and other celebrities, congratulating her for landing the role!
Amongst those who congratulated her is Halle Berry, in a tweet she posted, “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you!” She also added that she was “thrilled” for the 19 year old. However, not everyone was happy about Disney’s decision to cast a black woman for this role.
Some critics went as far as petitioning Disney to recast for this role, and titled their petition #NotMyAriel! They suggested that Halle should be replaced by a white woman with red hair, who would resemble the Ariel that they know from the 1989 animated version of The Little Mermaid. Now Freeform, Disney’s cable network, has decided to issue an open letter in response to this.
The letter read, “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish”.
Freeform also added that, “Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair”! Freeform then went on to remind the critics that Ariel and the story, is only fictional!
Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!
Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!
If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!
Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.
The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!
Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.
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