There was a decidedly different vibe to the season 29 premiere, with Banks doing her best to keep up with a live show, technical hiccups and an unexpected "laugh track" with fake cheering that felt extra weird juxtaposed against an empty theater.
However, some quality dances and a beautiful opening number won over a lot of viewers who had doubts about this new season. Stylish numbers from Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten, as well as Justina Machado and Sasha Farber elevated the entire evening.
Even when the performances weren't as technically savvy, they proved to be wildly entertaining.
From Nelly dancing a salsa to his own hit song "Ride With Me," to Carole Baskin delivering a pasodoble set to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," the most uniquely captivating performances might have also been the lowest scoring.
Here's a look at how celebs and fans on Twitter felt about all the fun dances, surprising changes and strange quirks from the premiere of the new DWTS season.
#DWTS winners tonight: -Casting team: so many surprisingly good dancers! -Costume designers: outfits were 👌🏻 -Derek Hough as a judge: so pleasant while giving constructive criticism -Pasha’s pants👇🏻: amazing 😂 pic.twitter.com/iQ2ormJ1Bf
No one would have known you lost an earring until you brought attention to it. Fashion ain’t that serious on this show. (Except for the costumes) But it’s not about the host. I like Tyra in general, but its an awkward fit, maybe it will improve? #dwts