Dancing with the Stars Season 32 Premiere Recap: New Faces and a Tear-Jerking Tribute


The much-anticipated 32nd season of Dancing with the Stars has finally hit the dance floor, bringing with it the glitz, glamour, and nail-biting eliminations that fans have been eagerly awaiting. Even before the premiere, the buzz surrounding the show was palpable. With Julianne Hough returning as co-host alongside Alfonso Ribeiro, a star-studded cast, and familiar judges, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli, this season promised to be memorable.

Julianne Hough, a former DWTS professional dancer, described her return as a “true full-circle moment,” a sentiment shared by many fans. The show also paid a touching tribute to longtime judge Len Goodman, renaming the coveted trophy the “Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy” in his honor following his passing in April.

The season kicked off with a jaw-dropping performance by the DWTS professionals, set to Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” complete with sleek, silvery costumes. The emotional weight of Len Goodman’s tribute left many viewers teary-eyed.

As the dancing portion commenced, some couples dazzled on the dance floor, while others faced challenges. Early breakout stars emerged, including Bachelorette Charity Lawson, whose tango earned raving reviews from the judges.

But, as in every competition, eliminations are part of the journey. So, who faced elimination in the first week? Let’s dive in…

Meet the Dancers: Who’s in the Cast?
This season boasts a diverse cast of celebrities paired with professional dancers. Here are the couples to watch as they grace the dance floor each week:

  1. Jamie Lynn Spears, actor and sister of Britney Spears, paired with Alan Bernsten.
  2. Charity Lawson, star of The Bachelorette, partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.
  3. Ariana Madix, known from Vanderpump Rules, dancing alongside Pasha Pashkov.
  4. Jason Mraz, the renowned singer, joined by dancer Daniella Karagach.
  5. Tyson Beckford, the supermodel, paired with Jenna Johnson.
  6. Barry Williams, from The Brady Bunch, dancing with Peta Murgatroyd.
  7. Xochitl Gomez, known for her roles in the Marvel franchises, partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy.
  8. Matt Walsh, comedian, and writer, dancing alongside Koko Iwasaki.
  9. Alyson Hannigan, famous for How I Met Your Mother, paired with Sasha Farber.
  10. Harry Jowsey, TikTok sensation and former Too Hot To Handle contestant, dancing with Rylee Arnold.
  11. Mira Sorvino, an actor renowned for Mighty Aphrodite, partnered with Gleb Savchenko.
  12. Adrian Peterson, former NFL football player, joined by Britt Stewart.
  13. Lele Pons, influencer and comedian, dancing with Brandon Armstrong.
  14. Mauricio Umansky, real estate mogul and star of Buying Beverly Hills, partnered with Emma Slater.

Week 1 Eliminations:
In the premiere episode, political commentator Matt Walsh, host of The Matt Walsh Show, faced elimination along with his partner, Koko Iwasaki, following their cha-cha performance to “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe. Unfortunately, their routine failed to impress, earning them a low score of 12 out of 50.

Although they were not the only team to receive a score of 12, as both Harry Jowsey and Rylee Arnold, and Tyson Beckford and Jenna Johnson also received 12 points. However, when the votes were tallied, it was Matt and Koko, along with Mauricio Umansky and Emma Slater, who found themselves in the bottom two. Ultimately, Matt and Koko were voted off the show.

What’s Next?
Don’t miss the excitement of Dancing with the Stars, airing every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC, and simulcasting on Disney+. Tune in next week to discover which celebrity dancer faces elimination next in this thrilling competition!

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