‘DWTS’ recap: first blind competitor wows crowd as a live TV gaffe hurts an Instagram star

The premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” kicked off Monday night.


The season 27 premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” start on Monday night with former football player DeMarcus Ware and singer Tinashe electrifying the crowd and tie for the first place.

But it was a paralympian skier Danelle Umstead, who stole the show with her courage and Instagram star Alexis Ren, of which the dance was marred by a live TV blunder that were the most memorable

Umstead is the first blind contestant to ever compete on the show and she earned a score of 18 out of 30 with her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev.

After her graceful foxtrot closed, Umstead’s husband Rob and her guide dog, Aziza, gave her their love on the ballroom floor. Members of the audience were moved to tears.

Later told reporters backstage, “I was really vulnerable there, but I showed my true emotions, and the first blind dancer on the show, it is a proud moment. I hope to show America more.”

Umstead explained to Fox News backstage about the limitations of her face, “I have very little vision. I have no central vision and I have no peripheral vision, so I can see that there is a lot of light as the light but it is very difficult when I go from light to dark, because I completely black. So I have a bit of vision between — but [only] small sections and it is very blurry.”

The skier, of whom the man helps to guide her down the mountains in the contest, told Fox she also suffers from multiple sclerosis. “I was diagnosed eight years ago and we are trying to work through that it’s a big challenge [dance] …it has affected my motor skills.”

But she said: “doing “DWTS” had been a dream because she was her little son in her arms and was watching the show: “I was four inches away from the tv screen and I said that I wanted to be the first blind contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars.” I threw it out to the universe.”

Meanwhile, True and partner Lindsay Arnold and Tinashe and dancer Brandon Armstrong both earned 23 in their tie for first place.

True, the latest football player to be seen as a precursor to “DWTS.” The audience gasped when he dramatically jumped over Arnold during their cha cha, but he sighed to reporters after, “Dancing is so difficult. A mistake can make you go off kilter.”

Hip-hop star Tinashe said backstage about her energetic jive, “I’m proud of it… I didn’t know what to expect. There was a lot of pressure. My body hurts.”

Among the other competitors, sexy, Juan Pablo Di Pace, “Fuller House” and partner Cheryl Burke performed a salsa that earned the second highest score of the premiere on 22 points.

Instagram sensation Alexis Ren and dancer Alan the Bottles, turned into a strong jive, which was marred when a “DWTS” cameraman cut off the end of their dance by accident.

The bottles, said about the live TV blooper, in which the camera swung around wildly, it doesn’t show a part of the dance during the east coast broadcast, “It was ten seconds, but it was difficult because He worked so hard. That is all good, we’re putting it online.”

Model Ren told Fox about her social media stardom, “I was homeschooled, so I wanted to find a way to have contact with people and I kept trying to reach. Modeling fell into my lap… I’m so happy.”

Country radio host Bobby Bones exploded of enthusiasm after completing his dance with Sharna Burgess. He glided around the ballroom floor, and then fell down. His fun jive paid off with a score of 20.

Disney Channel actor Milo Manheim also picked up 20 points.

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Mary Lou Retton converted into a cha cha with partner Sasha Farber that have 19 points.

Retton, the mother of four daughters ages 16 to 23, told reporters after the show, “I came to fame at a very young age… I’m sort of lost myself. This is kind of my re-emergence. I really haven’t challenged themselves in decades.”

Earning 18 points per along with Umstead were former “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider, formwe “The Facts of Life” actress Nancy McKeon, and “Harry Potter” star Evanna Lynch.

Stand-up comedian Nikki Glaser was awkward in her salsa, taking just 17 points, but “The Bachelorette” star “Supermarket Joe” Amabile finished dead last with a quickstep that earned just 14 points.

On Tuesday night, and the stars will perform a second dance and then the face of the season’s first elimination.

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