'DWTS': JoJo Siwa, Amanda Kloots and Suni Lee Shine in Season 30 Premiere -- See the Highlights!
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Dancing With the Stars returns Monday night, with a cast of excited celebs ready to dance their heart out. As the contestants duke it out on the dance floor, ET is following along throughout the whole two-hour season 30 debut to break down all the best dances and the most surprising moments.
Host Trya Banks returns to emcee the competition, while stalwart judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough are back, judging the performances and providing valuable feedback for the dancing stars.
The 15 celebs competing for this year's mirrorball trophy include Jimmie Allen, Mel C, Christine Chiu, Brian Austin Green, Melora Hardin, Olivia Jade, Matt James, Amanda Kloots, Martin Kove, Suni Lee, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Kenya Moore, Cody Rigsby, Iman Shumpert, and JoJo Siwa.
The battle for the mirrorball trophy kicks off Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and ET is covering all the highlights in real time. Check out the live blog below for a breakdown of the biggest numbers and most memorable moments of the premiere.
JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson Make 'DWTS' History
JoJo Siwa is making DWTS history with pro Jenna Johnson as the show's first-ever same-sex couple -- and it only took 30 seasons.
The energy level is electric when they hit the stage in fittingly bright and colorful ensembles (since that is essentially JoJo's life-long uniform) and deliver an energetic and exciting Quickstep set to "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet.
The judges, obviously have nothing but praise, but their feedback is rushed as the live show is quickly coming to its end. Even with a small slip-up and the routine loosing some control in the middle, it's obvious the judges feel this is the best dance of the night.
The scores reflect that as well. Carrie Ann gives them an 8, while Bruno, Len and Derek give them 7s, for a total of 29 out of 40 -- placing them firmly at the top of the leaderboard.
Brian Austin Green and Girlfriend Sharna Burgess Dance Together
In a unique twist, the season's showmance between Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess kicked off before the season even started.
The pair look like total perfection in purple, and Brian is light on his feet while Sharna is, well, as flawless as Sharna always is (she's seriously one of the best-ever DWTS pros).
The pair deliver a fun, romantic foxtrot set to Silk Sonic's "Skate," and they end the performance on a high note, sharing a steamy kiss to cap off the routine.
The number earns a lot of recognition from the judges -- as does their steamy, magnetic connection.
"That was so good! There was a real ease to you," Derek shares.
Bruno says the pair have "very strong, sizzling chemistry" and calls Brian "Prince Charming."
The pair end up with four 6s across the board for a total of 24 out of 40.
Matt James and Lindsay Arnold Cha Cha to Rick James Hit
Bachelor star Matt James finds out he's going to be dancing with Bachelor fan Lindsay Arnold, who can't contain her excitement for dancing with Matt.
For their first number, the pair hit the floor in almost neon blue glam ensembles for a cha cha set to "Give It to Me Baby" by Rick James, and it gives Matt a chance to show off his charm.
Len says that if Matt "listens to Lindsay" his future "will be rosey." (Get it? It's a Bachelor reference.)
Bruno says Matt has a "natural spontaneous quality" and predicts for Matt that "next time, you'll be brilliant."
This dance marks Lindsay's return after giving birth just a few months ago, and she didn't miss a single step, delivering one of the most fun pro performances of the night.
The couple earn four 6s across the board for a total of 24 out of 40 -- not a bad score at all for a man who's never danced before!
Christine Chiu and Pasha Pashkov
Bling Empire star Christine Chiu will be delivering her routines this season with the wonderful Pasha Pashkov -- and the pair are starting things off strong.
For their Tango, Christine and Pasha dance to "Glamorous" by Fergie & Ludacris, and the song choice couldn't have been more appropriate.
"You are like a diamond in the rough," Carrie Ann marvels.
"It was sharp, I liked the routine, and you had great control," Len adds.
Derek praises Christine's yellow rhinestone gown and Bruno says she's "a gem, and with a little bit more polish, you will achieve full brilliance."
During the feedback, Christine reveals that Pasha has already dislocated one of her ribs! But says "No pain, no gain."
The pair earn three 6s, and a surprisingly high 7 from Len, for a total of 25 out of 40.
Kenya Moore and Brandon Armstrong Deliver Foxy Foxtrot
Kenya Moore is ready to show off her moves this season, and she's going to be doing so with pro Brandon Armstrong.
Kenya hit the stage decked out in a stunning crimson gown, and immediately her chemistry with Brandon is apparent as the pair Foxtrot to Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More."
The judges love her energy, and are enthusastic about what she is going to bring to the stage in the weeks to come.
Carrie and Bruno are the most impressed, awarding the pair 7s, while Bruno and Derek offer up 6s for a total 26 out of 40.
Martin Kove and Britt Stewart Deliver Familiar Paso doble
Martin Kove is paired with Britt Stewart and, well, it's certainly an interesting combo.
Martin is 74, and best known for his role in Karate Kid -- so when it comes to their Paso doble, it only makes sense to set it to Joe Esposito's "You're The Best Around."
It begins with Martin just delivering an opening speech and then Britt basically dancing around him, while he stands there and just tries to be fascinating.
The judges are very forgiving and positive in their feedback, because what else are they supposed to say? But the numbers tell a stark truth. The pair earn a 4 from a very supportive Carrie Ann and three 3s, for a total of 13 out of 40.
Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten Deliver Powerful Tango
Amanda Kloots is going to be dancing with Alan Bersten this season and she's going to be bringing everything she has to the season.
Kloots gets tearful remembering her late husband Nick Cordero -- who died due to complications from COVID-19 last year -- and says she wants to do him proud.
The pair attack the dance floor with a Tango set to "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull, and the stunning number brings some of the judges to tears.
"That was full of Tango content. It had attack, it had confidence," Len praises. "That was a really great first dance."
Derek says dancing is a great way to "reclaim your joy" and calls their dance a "sensational routine."
Carrie Ann is crying and says she knows Nick is "looking down" and is proud of their performance and her resiliance.
The couple earn four 7s across the board for a total of 28 out of 40 and tying for the top spot on the leaderboard.
Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke are Ready to Tango
Cody Rigsby made a name for himself as a motivating Peloton instructor -- so he knows how to work hard and make himself work hard. With Cheryl Burke as a partner, this is going to be important.
Cody and Cheryl -- who also stun in bright pink for their Tango get to Dua Lipa's "Physical," and the performance gets a standing ovation from the limited in-theater audience.
"Cody, now I see what the hypes all about, you are fabulous and have great energy," Carrie Ann says, before adding that he seems nervous.
Len says he has "great presence" and says he "is one to watch" this season.
The pair earn four 6s for a respectable total of 24 out of 40.
Suni Lee and Sasha Farber Are Pretty in Pink
Olympic gymnast Suni Lee is excited to get paired with Sasha Farber, as he's often been paired with Olympians during his time as a DWTS pro.
And if their first time on the floor is any indication, Suni's fear of dancing (as she explains, its much different than gymnastics) isn't going to keep her from giving it her all.
The judges love her energy and are wildly complimentary when it came to her technical prowess, but said she needs to have more freedom and fun with her moves.
Even Len is pleased (which hasn't been easy tonight) and the pair earn an impressive 28 out of 40 -- the highest score of the night thus far!
Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev are Irresistible
Melora is another star of The Office to lend her talent to the DWTS franchise (after Kate Flannery in season 28) and she is paired with Artem Chigvintsev. There is so much potential with this pairing!
The two talented dancers hit the stage for a tango set to to "Simply Irresistible" by Robert Palmer, and it was a delight. Melora stuns in red and pink and Artem rocks a black leather tuxedo, which deserves a spotlight all its own.
The wildly fun dance is welcomed with overwhelming support from the judges, who are floored by her technical skill, the choreography and the overall spectacle.
The couple get two 7s and two 6s for a total of 26 out of 40.
Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater Tango to Timbaland
Country music star Jimmie Allen is going to be spending the season dancing with Emma Slater, and this should be an exciting pairing.
The pair hit the dance floor tonight with a Tango set to Timbaland's "The Way I Are," and he exudes a cool, fun energy that serves as a really great introduction to his talent.
Len says the dance didn't suit his personality, but says he feels Jimmie has a lot of potential.
Derek, Bruno and Carrie Ann praise the singer for delivering a great first number, but point out the dance itself is a highly technical challenge.
After the feedback, Jimmie shares a special shoutout to his wife, who is currently pregnant with the couple's third child. She's due in October -- which means if Jimmie makes it through a few weeks, fans could be in for a very special episode next month.
The pair end up earning two 6s and two 5s for a total of 22 out of 40.
Olivia Jade Giannulli and Val Chmerkovskiy Dance Salsa to Lizzo Hit
The show had to address the elephant in the room when it came to Olivia Jade -- so they spent about 30 seconds acknowledging the college admissions scandal and Olivia Jade expressed her interest in moving on.
And so they do, and get right to introducing her to her partner! They hit the dance floor to deliver a lively salsa set to Lizzo's hit "Juice."
Len praises the "polished" number and the feedback is over-all supportive and enthusiastic.
Olivia Jade and Val earn a 7 from Carrie and three 6s for a total of 25 out of 30.
It's clear Olivia Jade can dance, and it's clear she's excited to start this "next chapter" as Tyra calls it.
Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach Deliver a Fun Jive
Iman finds out that his partner this season is the talented Daniella Karagach, and he seems excited to tackle this season with gusto.
Iman and Danielle hit the stage for a jive set to "Hey Ya!" by Outkast that raised the energy level and was an incredible amount of fun.
Bruno praises the NBA pro for his musicality and Carrie Ann cannot contain her excitement for his moves.
Len, meanwhile, said the whole thing was too casual, and dismissed the performance as simply "fun."
Carrie gives them a 7, while Len gave a 4. Bruno and Derek both give 5s for a total of 21 out of 40.
The Miz Delivers Smooth Cha Cha With Witney Carson
Mike, aka The Miz, is going to be dancing this season with a returning Witney Carson, and this is going to be a great pairing!
For their first dance of the season, the pair hit the dance floor for a Cha Cha set to BTS' "Butter," and it proved to be delightly and appropriately smooth.
"I was really surprised. I was expecting you to be a little bit stiff," Derek says, praising the pro wrestlers footwork.
"Light on his feet and a well-oiled machine," Bruno says of The Miz, adding that he's "very, very impressed."
The pair end up earning four 6s for a total of 24 out of 40.
Mel C Delivers a Cha Cha With Gleb
This season, Spice Girls star Mel C will be dancing with pro Gleb Savchenko!
For their first routine out of the gate, Mel and Gleb deliver a Cha Cha set to the Spice Girls hit "Wannabe," and it is, as expected, a great success.
After Len Goodman basks in the glory of his big return, the judges give their feedback, and it's all generally positive.
The pair end up earning three 7s and a 6 (from Derek) for a total of 27 out of 40.
Season 30 Is Here!
After the traditional grand musical opening, Season 30 has kicked off!
Tyra Banks is at the helm, the stars are in the house and we're ready to dance!
Check out the video to hear more about some of the big surprises from this upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars!