DWTS Season 31 Premiere Spoilers & Live Recap: Who Was Eliminated & Made It Through?

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“Dancing With the Stars” is back for its 31st season, though it has moved from ABC to the Disney Plus streaming service.

The dance styles and song list are below. Follow along with our live recap and elimination spoilers below but be warned of spoilers for the elimination on premiere night because Disney Plus already announced a week one elimination.

DO NOT KEEP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED

The Elimination

Here is the first elimination for “Dancing With the Stars” season 31:
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The bottom two couples end up being Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov, and Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd. Then the judges’ save votes go unanimously to save Teresa and Pasha, so Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd are eliminated in week one.

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All times Eastern.


Jordin Sparks & Brandon Armstrong, Cha Cha

Jordin and Brandon are dancing a cha cha to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston. They are wearing super cute tie dye outfits and Jordin is actually a very good dancer. It’s not that we thought she wouldn’t be, but she’s known for singing, not dancing and it’s a pleasant surprise to see how good she is. Early in the dance she nearly hits a flat split. The song is sliiiightly to slow for a cha cha, it feels like, but it’s a great first effort. The judges liked it, with Len Goodman praising how clean it was, no gimmicks. Jordin and Brandon earn two 6s and two 7s for a 26 out of 40.


Sam Champion & Cheryl Burke, Foxtrot

Sam and Cheryl are dancing a foxtrot to “Hold Me Closer” by Elton John & Britney Spears. When they start dancing, Sam is awkward and seems nervous. He doesn’t feel like someone who will be around for very long, but he’s doing a nice job and having fun, so perhaps his built-in “Good Morning America” fanbase will keep him around. The judges give him four 5s for a 20 out of 40.


Heidi D’Amelio & Artem Chigvintsev, Cha Cha

Heidi and Artem are dancing a cha cha to “Lady Marmalade” by Patti LaBelle, though this is more the Pink, Xtina, Mya and Missy version. Anyway, the dance is… OK. She feels very stiff and nervous, not a lot of flash there. The judges slather on the praise, but it fell very flat for us. It also doesn’t seem like the demo of this show knows who the D’Amelio family is, so it would not surprise us if Heidi goes home first (or at least very early on). Heidi and Artem earn four 6s for a 24 out of 40.


Daniel Durant & Britt Stewart, Tango

Daniel and Britt are dancing a tango to “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce. They look absolutely amazing in bright green ensembles and Daniel is actually a very fun dancer. He is so light on his feet and he doesn’t miss a step. Incredibly well done. The judges loved it, with Len saying he’s so excited to watch Daniel develop, and Derek Hough adding that Daniel has a great awareness of his body, but he wants to see Daniel get even lower and drive the legs. Bruno Tonioli calls him a “magnetic performer.” They give Daniel and Britt three 7s and a 6 from Len for a 27 out of 40.


Jessie James Decker & Alan Bersten, Cha Cha

Jessie and Alan are dancing a cha cha to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which is a little slow for a cha cha, but perhaps they are easing people in before they pick super uptempo songs. They do a nice job, Jessie is a better dancer than we were expecting, but the cha cha is a little country-fied, perhaps. Len praises the performance level, but tells Jessie she needs to work on her leg and hip action. Bruno basically says they lost the “cha cha” of it all by getting too country, which is what we felt like too. They earn four 5s for a 20 out of 40.


Teresa Giudice & Pasha Pashkov, Tango

Teresa and Pasha are dancing a tango to “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris and we use the term “dancing” loosely because there was not a ton of dancing in that routine. The judges praise her fire and passion, but they want to see her actually dance. The judges give them four 5s for a 20 out of 40.


Wayne Brady & Witney Carson, Cha Cha

Wayne and Witney are dancing a cha cha to “She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked)” by Carl Carlton. The dance is so good that I forgot to type anything while they were dancing because I was so transfixed. Wayne is a good dancer and Witney looks incredible, best dance of the night so far and maybe best dance of the night altogether, depending. “Performance level through the roof,” says Bruno. The judges give them three 7s and an 8 from Bruno for a 29 out of 40.


Cheryl Ladd & Louis van Amstel, Cha Cha

Cheryl and Louis are dancing a cha cha to “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. Cheryl is definitely not bad for a 71 year old, but the dance feels a little slow, or maybe low energy? It’s perfectly fine, but nothing earth-shattering. Some fans were mad that Louis van Amstel was brought back after so many years just to get “stuck” with an older dancer. The judges are very kind to them, but they thought the routine was timid and needed more. They earn three 5s and a 6 from Carrie Ann Inaba for a 21 out of 40.


Vinny Guadagnigno & Koko Iwasaki, Salsa

Vinny and Koko are dancing a salsa to “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny. This routine is a bit of a hot mess. Vinny isn’t a bad dancer, but he’s sloppy and all over the place. The judges really take them to task, especially Len. He calls it “rough” and says that they did not knock his socks off. They earn three 4s and a 5 from Derek for a 17 out of 40.


Shangela & Gleb Savchenko, Salsa

Shangela and Gleb are dancing a salsa to “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. They absolutely kill it. Shangela can really move, best dance so far other than Wayne and Witney. Great, great job. The judges love it and they get straight 7s for a 28 out of 40.


Trevor Donovan & Emma Slater, Quickstep

Trevor and Emma get a quickstep to “Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol, which feels a bit unfair for week one. The quickstep is one of the hardest dances and all these other couples get the much slower cha cha, but this one couple gets a quickstep?! Honestly, for how fast that was and how full of content that was, Trevor did a great job. Carrie Ann dings them for having a lift, but overall, the judges loved the routine. Then they give them three 5s and a 6 from Bruno for a 21 out of 40. Wow, that feels harsh.


Gabby Windey & Van Chmerkovskiy, Jive

Gabby and Val are dancing a jive to “As it Was” by Harry Styles. Again, the jive is a very fast dance, so it feels unfair like the quickstep. Those are not week one dances. But Gabby does a nice job, you can tell she danced in high school. It wasn’t perfect, but it was really solid, especially for week one. Derek calls it the best dance of the night so far, which I don’t agree with, but it was definitely one of the best. They earn four 7s for a 28 out of 40.


Joseph Baena & Daniella Karagach, Jive

Joseph and Daniella are dancing a jive to “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas. Joseph is a huge muscular guy, which means that a jive might be hard for him, but he actually does better than I was expecting him to do. He’s clearly having a blast, too, which is awesome. The judges praise his energy but say that he has to work on his footwork and keeping his limbs stiffer. They earn three 6s and a 5 from Len for a 23 out of 40.


Jason Lewis & Peta Murgatroyd, Cha Cha

Jason and Peta are dancing a cha cha to “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers. He claims to be a terrible dancer and… he’s not wrong. Jason is very awkward, though Peta looks incredible. The judges are very kind to him, but they also say he’s got to work on his footwork. Len calls it “very disappointing.” They earn two 5s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and two 4s from Len and Derek for an 18 out of 40.


Selma Blair & Sasha Farber, Viennese Waltz

Selma and Sasha are dancing a Viennese waltz to “The Time of My Life” by David Cook. Selma was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago and this is quite emotional. It affects her balance and memory, but she does a great job. Not a dry eye in the house. The judges call her magical and gorgeous, and Carrie Ann calls her a “true artist.” They earn four 7s for a 28 out of 40.


Charli D’Amelio & Mark Ballas, Cha Cha

Charli and Mark are dancing a cha cha to “Savage (Major Lazer Remix)” by Megan Thee Stallion. Considering that Charli partnered with Derek Hough for his “Step Into the Movies” special, you better believe the can dance. Predictably, they do really, really well. She’s dancing like she’s one of the pros. The judges heap praise on her, though Len says she can be crisper and cleaner. They give them four 8s for a 32 out of 40.


The Dance Styles & Song List

In a press release, Disney Plus announced that the opening number by the pros will be “a dazzling opening number to ‘I’m Coming Out / About Damn Time (Purple Disco Machine Remix)’ by Diana Ross & Lizzo.”

The press release also teases, “For their first performance, the celebrity and pro duos will perform dances that include the jive, tango, quickstep, cha cha, foxtrot, salsa or Viennese waltz.”

The dance styles and songs are as follows (in alphabetical order, not performance order):

  • Fitness model and actor Joseph Baena and pro Daniella Karagach will perform a jive to “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas
  • Movie star Selma Blair and pro Sasha Farber will perform a Viennese waltz to “The Time of My Life” by David Cook
  • Comedian, actor and singer Wayne Brady and pro Witney Carson will perform a cha cha to “She’s A Bad Mama Jama (She’s Built, She’s Stacked)” by Carl Carlton
  • “Good Morning America” contributor and WABC-TV New York’s weather anchor Sam Champion, and pro Cheryl Burke will perform a foxtrot to “Hold Me Closer” by Elton John & Britney Spears
  • TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and pro Mark Ballas will perform a cha cha to “Savage (Major Lazer Remix)” by Megan Thee Stallion
  • Heidi D’Amelio (“The D’Amelio Show”) and pro Artem Chigvintsev will perform a cha cha to “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & P!nk
  • Country star Jessie James Decker and pro Alan Bersten will perform a cha cha to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • TV star Trevor Donovan and pro Emma Slater will perform a quickstep to “Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol
  • Daniel Durant (Oscar-winning “CODA”) and pro Britt Stewart will perform a tango to “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce
  • Teresa Giudice (“The Real Housewives of New Jersey”) and pro Pasha Pashkov will perform a tango to “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  • Vinny Guadagnino (“Jersey Shore”) and pro Koko Iwasaki will perform a salsa to “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny
  • “Charlie’s Angels” star Cheryl Ladd and pro Louis van Amstel will perform a cha cha to “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye
  • Jason Lewis (“Sex and the City”) and pro Peta Murgatroyd will perform a cha cha to “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Drag queen superstar Shangela and pro Gleb Savchenko will perform a salsa to “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls
  • Platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks and pro Brandon Armstrong will perform a cha cha to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
  • Gabby Windey (“The Bachelorette”) and pro Val Chmerkovskiy will perform a jive to “As it Was” by Harry Styles

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its 31st season on Monday, September 19, on Disney Plus.

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