SAN DIEGO, September 12, 2016 – The controversial addition of American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte to Season 23 of “Dancing With The Stars” prompted an incident on Monday night’s live show as two protestors wearing t-shirts with a large red “No” symbol over the word “Lochte” tried to rush onto the stage as Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke were about to receive their scores from the judges.
Thanks to capable veteran host Tom Bergeron, he smoothly took an early commercial break to allow show security to grab the intruders and get them out of the building. The final 10 minutes of the show finished on the air without incident, with the shocked performers and audience unharmed but rattled.
Plenty of credit goes to fellow Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez, who had to perform after the incident to close the show. She is a seasoned veteran thanks to over a decade of competing in the spotlight under pressure. With partner Val Chmerkovskiy, Hernandez brought smiles back to the room with a dazzling Cha Cha Cha, which scored 31 points to tie for first place in Week 1.
Surprisingly good in week 1: Indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe, who tied Hernandez in first place with 31 points for a smooth as silk Foxtrot with partner Sharna Burgess. We’ve had an Indy driver win the Mirror Ball Trophy once, so don’t be surprised if it happens again.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko turned up the heat with a Viennese Waltz that looked like it came out of “Fifty Shades of Gray.” Judge Len Goodman didn’t like the steamy Latin looking transposition of the style, but the other judges loved the heat. It scored 27 points.
The judges were delighted by the high energy and charisma of Terra Jole and partner Sacha Farber’s Jive. Jole, all of four-foot-two inches tall and the first Little Person on the show, has wonderful timing and the camera loves her. They scored 25 points.
At the other end of the scale, former Texas Governor Rick Perry had a good attitude but not a lot else was good about his Texas two-step style Cha Cha Cha with parnter Emma Slater. He had the low score of the night, 20 points.
There is no elimination in week 1. All thirteen couples will return next week. They will dance to songs from favorite TV shows. Count on “The Brady Bunch” for Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev, and “Taxi” for Marilu Henner and Derek Hough.
The Tuesday night elimination show also returns next week when someone will be the first to go home from Season 23.
Voting Information (couples in order of their scores)
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot, 8-8-7-8 = 31 points
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha Cha, 8-8-7-8 = 31 points
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Jive, 7-7-6-7 = 27 points
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Viennese Waltz, 7-6-6-8 = 27 points
Babyface Edmonds and Allison Holker: Foxtrot, 7-6-6-7 = 26 points
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Carson: Cha Cha, 7-6-6-7 = 26 points
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot, 7-5-6-7 = 25 points
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Jive, 7-6-6-6 = 25 points
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson: Cha Cha Cha, 7-5-6-7 = 25 points
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Foxtrot, 6-6-6-6 = 24 points
Jake Austin and Jenna Johnson: Jive, 5-6-5-6 = 22 points
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Viennese Waltz, 6-5-5-6 = 22 points
Rick Perry and Emma Slater: Cha Cha Cha, 5-5-5-5 = 20 points
Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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