Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten skate their way onto the dance floor next, performing the salsa to “No Excuses” by Meghan Trainor.
Bruno Tonioli calls it spicy and crisp, while Carrie Ann Inaba says Nagasu is a boss. She warns her, however, to watch her eagerness and fire. Len Goodman praises the lifts and says the dance was “terrific.” They score a 23.
Watch Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten’s Shimmering Salsa
Welcome to “Dancing with the Stars” season 26! Athletes are trading in their sneakers for sequins as the new, four-week season premieres tonight. Stars from the sports world will compete for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, all-athlete season. Ten couples will dance a cha cha, salsa, Viennese waltz or foxtrot during the two-hour-long premiere and, by the end of the episode, two people will be eliminated based on live voting and judges’ scores.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
— Brandon Moore (@indigo_15) May 1, 2018
I love Mirai She’s so cute #Dwts
— All things Dwts (@BestOfDwts) May 1, 2018
Mirai is literally the most adorable human being i cannot handle it #dwts
— rylie (@rsmittay) May 1, 2018
— Josh Kennon (@skatefan78) May 1, 2018
Ohhh wowww! That was one freaking awesome dance! That girl, Mirai, Is taking home that mirror ball this season! #dwts
— LucyLover (@crazycouponlad1) May 1, 2018
— Maria G. Valdez (@maria_gvh) May 1, 2018
— Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) May 1, 2018
Nagasu is an Olympic figure skater. According to ABC, Nagasu “was one of the youngest competitors to win a national title in 2008 and remarkably has remained one of the top competitors in the world today. Mirai earned a spot to represent the U.S. in the 2018 Olympics at the age of 24, where she made history by becoming the first American woman to land a triple Axel in an Olympic Winter Games. She performed the difficult three-and-a-half revolution jump, helping Team USA win a bronze medal in the Olympic team event.”
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The current contestants include Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale. Other athletes who are competing this season include Chris Mazdzer, Jamie Anderson, Jennie Finch, Johnny Damon, Josh Norman and Tonya Harding.
The all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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