The stakes are higher, the competition is tougher, and the costumes have more sparkle.
In a season full of mirror ball champions, “Dancing with the Stars All-Stars” is not like its predecessors.
Not only did the dancers have three weeks instead of just two days to prepare for their ballroom debut, but there are also new rules this season, like the judges being able to give half points.
On Monday night’s premiere, Brazilian Indy car driver Hélio Castroneves brought his signature charisma and Latin flair to the ballroom.
Partnered with Chelsie Hightower, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is in a different place than he was the first time he appeared on the show.
The season 5 champ signed for the all-star season because even though his daughter "is always going to races," he wants her to be a dancer. “There’s only one race car driver in this family,” he said in his introduction video
Even before he started dancing, Castroneves received a standing ovation from the crowd.
However, after performing his foxtrot Castroneves received mixed reviews from the judges.
“For me it was a joy to watch… mostly,” judge Len Goodman said. “It was good… I’m telling you are a dancer!”
“You have a bright and engaging stage prescience,” judge Bruno Tanoli added. “People look at your face and forget looking at your feet.”
Scoring 21.5 points, Castroneves fell well behind the leaders Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, who scored a whopping 24.5.