'Dancing With the Stars' Premiere -- Find Out Which Two Couples Went Home!

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Dancing With the Stars: Athletes is finally here!

The four-week, all-athlete edition of the dance competition show JUST kicked off on ABC, and we're hoping you'll join us, right here on ETonline.com, for all the live action.

ET is LIVE NOW, recapping the show during the East Coast broadcast, as 10 athletes and their pro partners compete for the coveted mirrorball trophy.

From steamy performances to the judges' scores and everything in between, ET's got you covered, so keep checking back here for updates so you can react with us in real time.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Tonight's voting is more important than EVER before! In order to help your fave pair avoid tonight's double elimination, you need to vote DURING the live show starting at 8 p.m. ET (that's 5 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. CT). Here is the LINK to cast your vote. Get voting now!!

The first two pairs to leave the show revealed.

7:00 PM:

Host Tom Bergeron announced the three couples in danger of elimination:

Jamie & Artem

Johnny & Emma

Tonya & Sasha

A few minutes later, he revealed Tonya and Sasha were safe...

... meaning Jamie and Artem and Johnny and Emma were the first two pairs to go home during the shortened four-week competition.


Josh Norman & Sharna Burgess dance last -- get your votes in now!

6:55 PM:

NFL stars typically do well on DWTS, and judging from what we've seen from the Washington Redskins cornerback so far, he's no exception!

The two performed a hot Cha Cha to Bruno Mars' "Finesse," with Josh showing off his rockhard abs in a sparkly red jacket that matched Sharna's fiery red hair.

"Full of rhythm and style," said Len Goodman. "You're just another on a long list of football players who can dance."

"You're the ones to watch," added Bruno Tonioli.

#TeamBackThatPassUp received a total score of 24/30 from the judges, tying them with Adam & Jenna for the highest score.

Psssst! If you haven't voted already, be sure to do that NOW on https://dwtsvote-live.abc.go.com/.

Tonya Harding makes her 'DWTS' debut with Sasha Farber: "I did it for me ... I feel like a princess."

6:42 PM:

In one of the most highly anticipated routines of the night, the former Olympic figure skater and her pro partner danced a delightful Foxtrot to "When You Believe" by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

She wore a gorgeous white costume, and smiled from beginning to end, getting a little emotional once the performance wrapped.

Tonya's cinematic mother, I, Tonya star Allison Janney, was in the audience to show support. 

"You are a beautiful dancer," Carrie Ann Inaba marveled. "You have something so powerful. Your arms are gorgeous."

#TeamAxellent received a score of 23/30.

Johnny Damon & Emma Slater perform a baseball-themed dance, but score low.

6:31 PM:

Johnny Damon is only the second MLB star to compete on the show, paired with season 24 mirrorball champ Emma Slater.

Emma wanted to highlight Johnny's career, and we feel like she did that successfully, choreographing a baseball-themed Foxtrot to "Centerfield" by John Fogerty.

"Happy shuffling along," Bruno Tonioli said, giving the pair some critiques. "Was it effortless? No, but it will get better."

#TeamHomerun received a score of 18/30.

Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson take the top spot on the leaderboard.

6:22 PM:

Could this dance be any more perfect for the Olympic figure skater? Adam previously told ET that he was a big fan of RuPaul, so the fact that he got to dance to one of his songs, "Sissy That Walk" made us SO happy.

Adam performed the Cha Cha with returning pro Jenna Johnson, and it looks like Mirai and Alan have some serious competition.

The attitude, the hip thrusts, the facial expressions, the voguing ... need we say more? 

"The angel of the ballroom," exclaimed Bruno Tonioli. "It was everything I liked."

#TeamJustFriends now are on top of the leaderboard with a score of 24/30.

Arike Ogunbowale slays her dance with Gleb Savchenko... in sneakers!

6:10 PM:

She may be the youngest contestant on the show this season, but Arike isn't messing around. 

She and Gleb performed a tremendously fun salsa to "Them Girls" by Whitney Myer, rocking a glitzy blue-and-gold number that matched Gleb's jacket.

However, we couldn't help but notice she was in sneakers the entire time, which got us thinking... do you think that's an unfair advantage? With all the other female contestants dancing in ballroom shoes? Let us know on Twitter @etnow -- we'd love to hear your thoughts!

While giving her critique, Carrie Ann Inaba had similar concerns, telling the WNBA star, "I want to see you in heels."

#TeamMirrorBallers received a score of 20/30.

Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten have "no excuses" -- they're in it to win it!

5:59 PM:

Get it, Mirai!

We had a feeling the figure skaters would be frontrunners right from the beginning, and Alan and Mirai just proved that.

The two, chic in matching pink ensembles, danced the Cha Cha to "No Excuses" by Meghan Trainor, pulling out all the stops with lifts, jumps and splits that were the most technically advanced moves we've seen all night.

"You're a boss out there, you owned that dance in so many ways," exclaimed Carrie Ann Inaba.

#TeamFireAndSpice received the highest score so far, 23/30.

Jamie Anderson & Artem Chigvintsev beautifully pay tribute to Avicii

5:49 PM:

Music fans were devastated to hear that Avicii died at the age of 28 earlier this month. On tonight's show, Jamie paid tribute to the Swedish DJ with a beautiful and elegant Viennese Waltz choreographed by Artem.

Dancing to Avicii's "Feeling Good" with a stunning winter wonderland set design, the Olympic snowboarder appeared to be having a blast, waltzing across the ballroom like a true professional.

"I thought you had personality, there was an elegance about your dancing... well done," said Len Goodman.

#TeamInnerG received the second lowest score of the night so far, 19/30.

Jennie Finch gets teary-eyed following her dance with Keo Motsepe.

5:34 PM:

The former Olympic softball pitcher channeled her inner Carrie Underwood, performing the Foxtrot to the country star's "All-American Girl."

While she had a smile on her face the entire time, there were a few missteps, most likely due to nerves. Regardless, Jennie performed the piece with grace, and overall, it was a great first dance.

"That was such a joy to watch," said Carrie Ann Inaba. "I sense your competitive nature and I think you will go far."

Shortly after performing, Jennie teared up while speaking with host Erin Andrews. "I'm just so blessed," she gushed. "I'm a winner no matter what."

#TeamPitchPerfect received a total score of 21/30, tying them up with Chris and Witney.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Lindsay Arnold score low, will need votes from the Lakers fans!

5:22 PM:

Gold sparkles look good on the basketball legend!

Kareem and reigning mirrorball champ Lindsay danced the Cha Cha to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder, with Lindsay hilariously beginning the dance on a platform to match her partner's massive height.

"How can I possibly criticize a national treasure?" said judge Bruno Tonioli, with Carrie Ann adding, "As a performance, this is exactly what our audience loves ... so much energy, but you, sir, could get a little groovier."

#TeamTallAndSmall received a total score of 17/30.

Chris Mazder goes shirtless in first dance with Witney Carson.

5:05 PM:

Dancing the salsa to "Mr. Put It Down" by Ricky Martin feat. Pitbull, #TeamMoveItOrLugeIt set the bar high as the first couple to dance.

Rocking bright blue costumes with plenty of lifts and undeniable energy (plus, a shirtless Chris!), the performance was the perfect way to kick off the condensed, four-week season.

"Chris, that is the first time I've seen you vertical," Len joked of the Olympian. "And I've gotta tell ya, I was so impressed with you."

The two received seven's across the board, for a final score of 21/30.

'DWTS: Athletes' has officially begun!

5:00 PM:

The 10 athletes and their pro partners kicked off the top of the show with an energetic opening number to "We Will Rock You," complete with glitzy black-and-gold costumes that Witney Carson teased on her Instagram Stories ahead of the premiere.

But we think it's safe to say that Bruno Tonioli already stole the show in his hilarious take on the referee uniform.


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