After 25 seasons, we've seen plenty of athletes strut their stuff on the dance floor, and many of them went home with Mirrorball trophies, so it's no shock that Dancing With the Stars: Athletes Season 26 Episode 1 is showcasing all athletes.
The twist? They've only got four weeks to strut their stuff and prove they're worthy of that Mirrorball, and, in the first time in Dancing With the Stars history, two were sent home at the end of tonight's premiere.
With the rockin' "We Will Rock You" opener, complete with flags and pom poms, the fast pace will keep everyone on their toes!
Here's how it all turned out...
Chris Mazdzer and pro, Witney Carson danced a salsa to “Mr. Put It Down” by Ricky Martin featuring Pitbull. Witney may have admired Chris' point, but it was more difficult not to admire his hip movement.
Len mentioned that it's the first time he's scene Chris vertical, and if that makes the Olympic medal luge winner nervous, it never showed. Carrie Ann loved his shimmying shoulders, while Bruno compared their spray tanned chests. Judges score: 21 out of 30.
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Next up, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with pro, Lindsay Arnold. The height difference was hard not to fixate on with these two. Kareem is 7'1"-ish, while Lindsay is 5'4'".
I don't think there are heels high enough to not make that noticeable.
The twosome danced to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder with help from an ensemble dance troupe. As Lindsay said in this Dancing With the Stars quote...
I could not be more proud of my 71 year old, cancer surviving legend.
Lindsay Permalink: I could not be more proud of my 71 year old, cancer surviving legend. Added: April 30, 2018 The judges and the audience loved Kareem! Judges score: 17 out of 30.
We visited Olympic gold-medal winning softball player Jennie Finch Daigle and pro, Keo Motsepe at her ranch in Louisiana where she lives with her husband and three children. I had to laugh as Keo jumped when the cow licked him.
The two performed a Viennese waltz to “Feeling Good” by Avicii. It was a little awkward, but a solid effort for a first dance. Len pointed out that she was gripping Keo's shoulder like it was a softball! But having her kids on stage was a heartwarming touch. Judges score: 21 out of 30.
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On to Olympic bronze-medal winning figure skater Mirai Nagasu and pro, Alan Bersten.
I'll admit, I'm a huge figure skating fan so I was waiting for the first of three figure skaters in this competition to take the stage.
Well after their salsa to “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor, I can't imagine how this couple won't make it to the finale, but then again, there have been huge upsets in Dancing history so I shouldn&..