Monday’s night show brought “a fantastic collection of new stars,” with host Brooke Burke-Charvet launching a new season of Dancing With the Stars.
The new season will star numerous fan favorites including Valerie Harper and Bill Nye, with Amber Riley rocking the ballroom.
However, some things seemed to become a tradion. Thus, show’s judges are still the same: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.
And, of course, constant host Tom Bergeron, who mistakenly referred to it as Season 1 at one point. He quickly added, “It all feels new to me!”
By the way, there were a few changes in common show’s routine. Thus, for example, the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars will only air one night a week, instead of two.
As USA Today writes, Bergeron has changed his position — now he stands next to Carrie Ann instead of Bruno. The stars didn’t run up to a skybox to chat with Burke-Charvet while they were waiting for the results. Instead, they hung out with her in a “pit” right near the judges.
Bergeron said, laughing, that it was because “the celebraquarium went condo!”
And after the celebrities performed their dances, they got their scores after the judges commented on the numbers. Burke-Charvet did her interviews backstage and in a “warm-up room.” And she even chatted with fans in the audience.
Meanwhile, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi revealed to the show’s host that she doesn’t want to be called Snooki anymore.
“I am Snooki, but I feel like now that I’ve had a son, I grew up into a woman,” the TV star explained. “And that’s Nicole.” Bergeronthen asked her “Is ‘Snicole’ all right?” Said Snooki, “I like that.”
“Although early favorite Corbin Bleu wowed the crowd as predicted with a 24-point contemporary dance with partner Karina Smirnoff, it was Amber Riley, 27, who landed the near-perfect score,” PEOPLE Magazine writes.
“Earning three nines, Riley’s dance with Derek Hough had Bruno Tolioni calling the Glee actress the “tigress of season 17.” Fellow judge Len Goodman said excitedly, “I’m palpitating, perspirating and flatulating,” the paper adds.
As one might expect, one of the most touching dances was performed by Valerie Harper, diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year, who brought Carrie Ann Inaba to tears and later received a standing ovation from the audience.
“As long as I feel this good, why sit and watch dancing, when I could be up there dancing, even poorly? I’ll be up there trying,” the woman previously said of her disease.
“I want to make it through the first dance and not fall. If I don’t fall, it’s a win. And I don’t mean fall out of weakness, I mean out of klutziness,” the 74-year-old added.
Although the judges respected the woman’s effort, Tonioli still pointed the actress some of her mistakes.
Luckily for all the contestants, no one was eliminated after the first series of the famous show. The first star will be sent home next Monday.