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For a minute, it didn’t look as if the mirror ball would return residence on time. The continued strike and the preponderance of picketers had the community flirting with the opportunity of suspending tonight’s season 32 premiere of Dancing with the Stars. However a deal was lastly hammered out on Sunday and earlier this night, the WGA declared the strike would formally finish at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. What higher method to have fun than watching a bunch of celebs get away in dance?

However earlier than the competitors can start, the forged paid tribute to the late Len Goodman — who now has a Mirror Ball trophy named after him! Goodman, DWTS‘ former head choose, died in April at 78.

Take it away, Alfonso Ribeiro!

Actor Matt Walsh (Veep) with associate Koko Iwasaki. Walsh didn’t have the warmest welcome when he began practising for premiere evening; picketers focused him particularly as a result of he’s a member of each SAG-AFTRA and the WGA. That prompted him to place out an announcement saying he was pausing his participation within the ballroom. Thank goodness a WGA deal was made so we wouldn’t be disadvantaged of all his Walsh-ness! Exhibit A: his declare that he has a “dancers frame.” Exhibit B: he’s “America’s Sweetheart.” “You are adorable,” mentioned Inaba. “You definitely played to your strength …there’s a lot of work.” “I think the face-ography was unbelievable,” added Hough. Rating: 12 out of 30

Supermodel Tyson Beckford with associate Jenna Johnson. Beckford has been working onerous on his core and legs, so he thinks he’s able to Cha Cha. He did as soon as give people a “whiff of his chocolate” at Chippendales, in any case. However no stripping on opening evening! A James Brown cut up must do, as an alternative. “Oh hello hello hello! He’s so cool, so laid back. You are teasing me aren’t you?” mentioned choose Bruno Tonioli. “We need more of that! I have to be honest, cha cha cha, there is no heel leads. And you lost timing, at times. You’ve got good moves, but you really have to focus on the timing.” Rating: 12 out of 30

Actuality TV star Harry Jowsey (Too Sizzling to Deal with) with associate Rylee Arnold. He’s adopted by thousands and thousands on social media, says host Alfonso Ribeiro. However can the 6-foot-5 dude Cha Cha? His associate Rylee — a first-time professional on DWTS who can also be Lindsay Arnold’s little sis — seems to have her work reduce out for her. And ripping off his shirt will solely go thus far (irrespective of how pleased it makes him). “Harry, I’m not going to lie. It was a little scary. Even if it feels wrong, commit to it being wrong,” mentioned Hough. It feels a little bit bit timid. It wants some work.” Rating: 12 out of 30

Actress Alyson Hannigan (American Pie) with associate Sasha Farber. She might have been appearing for, like, ever however her dancing expertise is “not great.” There was that point she took ballet as a toddler, however her trainer “traumatized her” so she’s on DWTS to restore her childhood trauma. If solely TV’s finest dance present had that type of energy, honey. Now, about that salsa….”Life is a continuing journey of therapeutic. I’m so pleased with you. You simply dance the salsa on stay TV! That could be a win,” mentioned choose Carrie Ann Inaba. “I loved the attitude!” added Tonioli. Rating: 13 out of 30

Actress Jamie Lynn Spears with associate Alan Bersten. The Zoey 101 star doesn’t have the identical degree of charisma as her older sis Britney, so she has to work on trying rather less stiff when she performs the tango. “You’re beautiful. When you smile, you let up the room. when you smiled it was a new chapter in the dance,” mentioned Inaba. Rating: 15 out of 30

Actual property mogul Mauricio Umansky with associate Emma Slater. The Shopping for Beverly Hills star might look acquainted; he’s the husband of Kyle Richards who all the time pops up on The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills. He greater than makes up for his “lack of finesse” with plenty of vitality and appeal. “You reminded me of my dad dancing at my wedding. My dad was ripping it! He was awesome,” mentioned Hough. “That was a great first dance!” Rating: 15 out of 30

Actor Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) with associate Peta Murgatroyd. The man higher often called Greg Brady says he’s been performing his complete life, and now plans to “come after” his buddy/season 9 mirror ball winner Donny Osmond. Will Williams grow to be the oldest winner of DWTS? Sustain these performances to outdated Brady Bunch tunes just like the one you probably did tonight to “Sunshine Day,” buddy, and also you’ve acquired a preventing probability. “I’m kind of in shock, my man. That was so effortless and so easy to watch! You reminded me I have to loosen up my hips,” mentioned choose Derek Hough. “That was so fun to watch … my man, that warmed my heart.” Rating: 16 out of 30

Actress Mira Sorvino with associate Gleb Savchenko. The Oscar winner has needed to be “more of a dancer” throughout her profession after spending eight years learning ballet. Apparently, her academics thought she was too tall to make a go of it. To which we are saying: pshaw! You bought the gams, lady: you may have the Cha Cha, too. “All I could have think of, Len would have loved that. It was so classic and so well performed,” mentioned Inaba. Rating: 17 out of 30

Actress Xochitl Gomez (Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity) with associate Val Chmerkovskiy. Whereas introducing herself to her new dance associate, Gomez briefly spaced on her age. (She’s 17). Get it collectively, lady! You’re about to open the present with a first-out-of-the-gate cha cha “to show off my personality.” Season 31 Joseph Baena was impressed; he gave her a standing O. “So fun! You are like a wild stallion out there, you have so much energy,” mentioned Inaba. Rating: 18 out of 30

NFL All-Star Adrian Peterson with associate Britt Stewart. This season’s compulsory baller plans to push simply as onerous to win the mirror ball as he did that MVP award. His premiere evening salsa was a superb begin. “That opening lift, it kind of took me off guard. Definitely playing to your strengths,” mentioned Hough. “Hey man, great first dance.” Rating: 18 out of 30

Social media star/Latin music artist Lele Pons with associate Brandon Armstrong. The Venezuelan music artist resides the dream; her grandma is a giant fan! However method to make it onerous for her, DWTS, by forcing her to tango to … The Police’s “Roxanne?” “She was on fire. I feel very very hot!” mentioned Tonioli. “I loved the way you attacked it.” Rating: 19 out of 30

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz with associate Daniella Karagach. He’s made eight studio albums, gained two Grammys, bought out stadiums, and might even rollerskate! However dancing is one other story; he’s hidden behind the guitar all these years as a result of he thought he couldn’t hack it in musical theatre. “I’m that kid still, nervous that I’m going to look ridiculous,” he mentioned earlier than happening stage. Bro? You didn’t. “What is going on here? Why do you keep this secret from us? He’s a dancer, come on!” mentioned Tonioli. “You came out here, you owned it. I can’t wait to see that on tour,” added Inaba. Rating: 21 out of 30

Ariana Madix (Vanderpump Guidelines) with associate Pasha Pashkov. The fact star whose private life made nationwide information is getting the final snicker. First, she books a job as a cop on a Lifetime, ripped-from-the-headlines film. Subsequent, she’s paired up with the perfect trainer on DTWS. It’s apparent why she carried out final on premiere evening: the gal’s acquired expertise, man. “That was fantastic, especially for a first dance,” mentioned Hough. “The power, you moved across the floor so strongly, the attack … that was killer.” Rating: 21 out of 30

Charity Lawson (The Bachelorette) with associate Artem Chigvintsev. The custom continues: one other contestant from ABC’s different long-running unscripted franchise is competing for the mirror ball trophy. Lawson, no shock, can transfer: she was a cheerleader. She seems good in sequins and boas, too. Guess who’s already trying like a finalist? “Sweet Charity. That was a tango stunner,” mentioned Tonioli. “The execution for week one was superb. A stellar performance.” Rating: 22 out of 30

Backside two {couples} have been Walsh and Iwasak and Umansky with Slater. And…poor Walsh was despatched residence. Dang!

“I had a wonderful time and it was a wonderful experience and I would ask the judges to rewatch that routine sometime,” Walsh mentioned earlier than the present wrapped.

Subsequent week is Latin evening!