The new season of Dancing With the Stars premiered on Disney+ on Monday, September 19, 2022, and fans are already giving their opinions on the celebs trying out ballroom dancing for the first time.
Night one brought a mixed bag, with some incredibly performed dances, some shockingly scathing reviews, and one elimination. One of the most talked about dances of the night was Vinny Guadagnino Salsa with Koko Iwasaki.
The “Jersey Shore” star and his pro partner danced to Bad Bunny’s “Titi Me Pregunto,” and while they seemed to be having a blast on the dance floor, the judges weren’t huge fans of the performance. Carrie Ann Inaba scored a four on the dance, as did Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Derek Hough gave Guadagnino a break and gave him a five.
Although the results didn’t leave Guadagnino and Iwasaki in the last places, several viewers felt that Guadagnino hadn’t done a great job, with some calling it the “worst” dance of the night. However, he had one person who was loudly cheering for him on social media, and that was his “Jersey Shore” co-star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who debuted in Season 17.
Here’s what you need to know:
After finding out he was cast on the show, Guadagnino got some good advice from Polizzi.
“I was like, ‘Vinny, this is going to be the best time of your life.’ I think, ‘I would go back to this show in a heartbeat. It was stressful but it was amazing.’ I said, “Enjoy it, have the best time, but know it’s stressful and fun,” Polizzi told People magazine.
She added that she thought Guadagnino would do a great job because he has rhythm.
“I feel like Vinny is definitely going to be amazing just because I feel like he’s the best dancer out of all of us because it comes naturally to him,” she said.
She went on to say that people would have to vote for Guadagnino. “I was like, ‘Vinny, you better be in the top five.’ We have to vote for him. People have to vote for Vinny,” she told the outlet.
Guadagnino was safe for the night and will compete with Iwasaki in week two.
While it seems clear that nerves played a part in most of the first night’s performances, Guadagnino spoke about the harsh criticism he received.
“It wasn’t my best pass. I honestly didn’t think I was that bad, but we’ll do our thing. I like being the underdog now — light a little fire in me,” he told reporters after his dance Monday night, according to Us Weekly.
“I’m definitely not a technical dancer. So if you look at all the tech, tech stuff, like, I definitely have room for improvement, but the fans came out to vote and that’s the most important thing. I really felt the love this week, more than I’ve done so many times in my career,” he told Us Weekly directly.
And Guadagnino still has Polizzi’s support.
“I DON’T AGREE WITH THE JUDGES!!! Vinny did a damn good job, everyone voted!” Polizzi tweeted on Monday evening.
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