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Dancing With the Stars Episode 1 Fantasy Preview

So the Dancing With The Stars Episode 1 is HERE! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up on Fantasizr and draft your Dancing With the Stars fantasy team before the show begins.

Judging by what the dancers have chosen as their first dance, we’re in for an interesting night. Several of the choices don’t surprise me — dance styles that’ll flow naturally or to music that has made them famous. A sign that either you want to begin with a BANG or that you know you’re not getting the points so you figure, “let’s play to the crowd card” tonight! There a few choices that surprise me here. Heather and Maks seem like they’re looking to make an impression and quell the controversy of her previous dance experience by braving the Viennese Waltz. Look for this to prove she can do it — or perhaps stays at status quo. The dance I’m most looking forward to is David and Lindsay (not only because he’s on my fantasy team) but because braving a Quickstep in Week 1 is VERY risky. It’s a dance that requires precise technique and leaves no room for error. So either David is packing a punch we don’t know about, just playing the “Cubs Card” or he’ll fall flat on his face and I can wish my “Expert DWTS” title goodbye.

I’ve included a brief description and visual (what it SHOULD look like) for each dance we’ll see, as well as a thought for each couple and how I think they’ll fair tonight. As for their hashtags and team names — I’ll report back my thoughts on those after we see them in Week 1!


This dance is a fun and cheeky dance with emphasis on quick, concise foot and leg action. Cha Cha has the distinction of being one of the most dominant rhythms and is characterized as having an upbeat, infectious rhythm, which creates a sense of playfulness and flirtation.

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess

“Move” by Luke Bryan

A country song from a cowboy – how predictable! I’m eager to see how Bonner executes hip action in this Latin style dance. As a bull rider one wouldn’t expect it, but who knows, Sharna brought James out of his race car last season.


Score Prediction: 24

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater

“24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

Rashad is ready to show he’s GOLD with this CCC! I believe we’re going to see what he’s truly made of tonight. Something tells me it’ll be one people talk about tomorrow. Expect some tricks.


Score Prediction: 26

Chris Kattan and Witney Carson

“What Is Love” by Haddaway

Probably the most expected one of them all from the SNL legend. This will get the crowd going, the audience at home bopping their heads and Chris some non-Emmy worthy numbers.


Score Prediction: 22

Mr. T and Kym Johnson

“Theme from The A-Team” by Mike Post, Pete Carpenter and the Daniel Caine Orchestra

No song surprise here – get ready to rumble! I’m sort of rooting for Mr T here and hoping he’s going some moves to show us. I’ll be VERY impressed to see any Cuban motion from him.


Score Prediction: 22

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd

“Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake and Tia featuring Justin Bieber

Now that’s he put a ring on it I believe Nick is ready to let loose. With Peta by his side this could be one of the performances that surprise viewers the most. Rhythm could be his thing. Don’t expect shirtless crossovers yet – it’s still too early in the season!


Score Prediction: 26


Salsa is one of the most popular social dances in the world. It is primarily danced to Latin music with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Salsa music is characterized by its rolling and multi-layered rhythms. The dance is characterized by rolling hip motion and body movement, as well as numerous spin and turn patterns.

Charo and Keo Motsepe

“Cuban Pete”

Here’s your most entertaining performance of the evening! This is what Charo does.


Score Prediction: 23

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko

“XXPEN$IVE” by Erika Jayne

This is gonna be hot! Erika will probably crush the competition when it comes to the Latin portion of the evening. Will the judges go harder on her? Perhaps.


Score Prediction: 28

Viennese Waltz

While this left-turning waltz is often called Viennese Waltz, it actually dates back to the 1870s. This dance leaves no room for a loose frame as it is primarily danced in closed position. Head and body position are both key factors in this heavily rotating and fast ¾ timing dance.

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev

“She’s Always a Woman” by Billy Joel

Nancy was meant to do this dance first to establish that she’s going to OWN the smooth division of this competition. She’s going to have gorgeous lines to showcase in this flowing of a dance style. Look for a strong performance.

Score Prediction: 29

Heather Morris and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

“Make Something Beautiful” by Ben Rector

Heather is out to prove she doesn’t just do backup for Beyonce but that she can own the floor all on her own. Why not show the audience that by doing something completely unexpected.


Score Prediction: 27


One of the quickest dances, it is all about moving energetically across the floor with hops, skips and flicks. It’s a lively dance that also requires a strong topline (elbows and above) and quick footwork with no room for error.

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy

“Good Time Good Life” by Erin Bowman

I think Normani will have the best Quickstep of the evening. I think she may even have one of the top scores all night. Get ready for an upbeat showstopper!


Score Prediction: 30

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold

“Go Cubs Go” by Steve Goodman

Sink or Swim is the theme here as I noted above. I don’t think Goodman is going to like his footwork here.


Score Prediction: 23


An INTENSE, passionate ballroom style of dance. That when done well keeps you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end. With sharp, precise movements its often called the “love/hate” dance named for the character the dancers take on.

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber

“Untouchable” by Tritonal and Cash Cash

She’s the one to beat. And she’ll end the night on top. After a few flips, tricks and attitude.


Score Prediction: 32

If you need a character refresher before drafting your fantasy team, click here. Also, be sure to check back throughout the week for our Dancing With the Stars Episode 1 Review.

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