'DWTS' Season 16 Premiere: Who Came Out on Top?
By KRISTA WICK
March 18, 2013
Twelve brand-new couples kicked off season 16 of Dancing with the Stars tonight on ABC. Who made the best first impression? Read on to find out!
The competition's youngest ever contestant Zendaya Coleman stole the show alongside pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The 16-year-old Disney star's barefoot contemporary dance won over the audience and warmed the heart of notoriously tough judge Len Goodman, who dished his best first-week praise with a hard won, yet simple "that was great." The couple danced away with three eights for the highest combined score of the night (24/30).
Comedian D.L. Hughley (aka Boogie Fantastic) brought the laughs to the ballroom floor but failed to impress the judges with his cha-cha-cha. Both he and pro partner Cheryl Burke took home a disappointing 12/30 (4,4,4) to earn the lowest cumulative score of the night and a scolding from the panel for their choppy routine.
Here's how all of the contestants stacked up (from best to worst) in week one:
-Disney star Zendaya Coleman & pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy - Contemporary: 24/30 (8,8,8)
-Country singer Kellie Pickler & pro partner Derek Hough - Cha-Cha-Cha: 21/30 (7,7,7)
-Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill & pro partner Tristan MacManus – Contemporary: 21/30 (7,7,7)
-Olympic gold medal gymnast Alexandra Raisman & pro partner Mark Ballas - Cha-Cha-Cha: 21/30 (7,7,7)
-General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher & pro partner Kym Johnson - Contemporary: (7, 6, 7) 20/30
-Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones & pro partner Karina Smirnoff – Cha-cha-cha: 20/30 (7,6,7)
-Bachelor star Sean Lowe & pro partner Peta Murgatroyd – Foxtrot: 19/30 (7,6,6)
-Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump & pro partner Gleb Savchenko – Foxtrot: 18/30 (6,6,6)
-World champion boxer Victor Ortiz & pro partner Lindsay Arnold - Foxtrot: 18/30 (6,6,6)
-Country superstar Wynonna Judd & pro partner Tony Dovolani - Cha-Cha-Cha: 18/30 (6,6,6)
-Comedian Andy Dick & pro partner Sharna Burgess - Foxtrot: 17/30 (6,5,6)
-Comedian D.L. Hughley & pro partner Cheryl Burke - Cha-Cha-Cha: 12/30 (4,4,4)
Tune in to Dancing with the Stars on ABC next Monday when all twelve get one more turn at the dance floor before eliminations begin on March 26.