Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter shine on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap: Bindi Irwin, Nick Carter take early lead in week 1.

The popular ABC reality competition “Dancing With the Stars” returned on Sept. 14, with celebrity contestants such as Bindi Irwin doing particularly well during the season premiere. Here is my recap — plus scores from our judges Julianna Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli — of how our 13 celebrity dancers did on the Sept. 14 premiere. Not when the producers have gathered a cast of characters that includes wild man Gary Busey, snake charmer Bindi Irwin, butter queen Paula Deen, pop legend Chaka Khan, a couple of boy band stars, a social media phenom and a newly crowned American hero. Former Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter and his partner, Sharna Burgess, also received a score of 24 after they performed a cha-cha. “Braxton Family Values” star Tamar Braxton and her partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, were close behind with a score of 23 after performing a quickstep, as were “Big Time Rush” actor Carlos PenaVega and his celebrity partner, Witney Carson, with the same score for their performance of a jive.

Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani (Salsa, score of 12) – Does anyone else think if Kim was dancing with her husband that we would see any difference? The show kicked off last night with a big Hollywood Boulevard flash-mob-style number and continued at a quick clip with intros to all the 13 competitors. Sacramento native Alek and his two childhood friends overpowered a suspected terrorist who opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris a few weeks ago. The show has often aired on both Mondays and Tuesdays, but this year, the second episode will not always happen and the second show of the week will not always center on the results of the competition. Ratings have stayed mostly steady for the reality competition over the last few years, though the season finale for the last season, which aired in spring 2015, was down in total viewers from the spring 2014 season finale and behind the spring 2013 season finale as well.

Bruno thought she was a “hot sexy wild Latina,” just like he likes (uncomfortable chuckles rippled through the audience), and said her “kicks and flicks” were solid. Julianne thought the routine had “so much content” and that Alexa had “amazing presence.” This pop singer-songwriter performed his hit, “Honey, I’m Good,” on “DWTS” last season, and he said it made him feel close to his mother, who died six years ago.

He and Allison were picture perfect together during their foxtrot, and he was “dashing and confident” but his footwork and rise and fall need smoothing out, Bruno said. Singers have also often done well, and Carter’s former band, the Backstreet Boys, often performed dance routines on tour and in music videos, so learning steps isn’t a new task for him.

Julianne Hough called it the “best performance of the night,” while Bruno dubbed her “the wonder from down under.” If Carrie Ann were 30 years younger, she’d want to be Bindi’s BFF (and date Hayes – more on that later). For the first dance of the night, Victor and Karina danced a high-energy salsa right outta of the gate, but is it enough to ensure that the mirror ball trophy will be the jewel in Victor’s triple crown? Carlos was in Big Time Rush, a pop act birthed on a Nickelodeon TV program of the same name, and he’s the other half of the first married couple to ever compete on “DWTS.” Neither Carlos nor his wife, Alexa, has ballroom training, but they can both move.

If Chaka Khan danced the cha cha as well as she sang, or her moves shone as brightly as her glitzy, rhinestone-embellished costume, she’d be more in our favor. Paula said that she hasn’t done any sort of organized dancing for 50 years so we can only imagine she greased her joints with butter to start feeling limber again. Carrie Ann and Bruno want more from him, but liked the jive he and Witney did to the James Brown classic tune, “I Got You (I Feel Good).” Carlos seemed OK with the score, as long as he gets to keep his wife’s skimpy spangled costume.

Dressed as Cleopatra, Kim did a salsa to David Guetta and Nicki Minaj’s “Hey Mama.” She didn’t really have the moves, but what she lacked in rhythm she made up for with fog and mystique. He called her “a legend, a diva, a queen.” The couple did a cha cha to a cover of her massive hit, “I Feel for You,” and she didn’t so much dance as gyrate to the beat after floating into the ballroom on a suspended platform. The judges weren’t kind, with Carrie Ann saying Chaka had so much fun she “kinda forgot the choreography,” and Bruno noting that even though she’s a “goddess descending,” she didn’t have the technique, foot placement or hip action needed for the style. During rehearsal with the gorgeous Russian and 11-time “DWTS” pro, he can’t quite get the steps and asks her, “Am I really slow?” She reassures him that he’s “learning a brand new language.” That language includes some kung fu and kickboxing moves, apparently, that Anna was either too nice or too afraid to cut out of the routine.

No such luck with the Cleopatra-themed salsa routine to chart topper “Hey Mama,” where Tony had tried to cover up her lack of dancing prowess by including a bunch of pros in the number. Bruno told her she has to “sell it.” Nearly everyone made some kind of reference to her hot bod, and she couldn’t stop mentioning her pro football player husband. Their quickstep to “Hey Good Looking,” started in a kitchen setting – with lots of saturated fat on the countertop, natch – and ended with Deen saying she’d probably soiled her undies because nerves. And they’re both strong-willed people, as evidenced by their video practice session in which he says he’s the boss and she tells him to talk less. Julianne called her a “feisty, fierce woman” who showed “elegance and femininity.” Karina, returning to the series this season, shows just how smart she is by dressing Victor in jockey silks (with a bedazzled helmet!) and telling him to simulate riding a horse instead of attempting a salsa.

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