It’s not a surprise that the Olympic champion ice dancer would translate his amazing moves onto the dance floor, but I never thought it would be as good as it was in week one. Watch the amazing performance below.
In my opinion, we have a clear front runner after only one episode of Dancing With The Stars. The premiere, which aired on March 17, showed the talent, passion, determination and artistic ability of Charlie White, who recently won a gold medal in ice dancing at the Sochi Olympics with partner, and DWTS rival, Meryl Davis.
Charlie White On ‘DWTS’ — Best First Dance In The History Of The Show
Charlie was amazing on the premiere episode. True, he danced Contemporary with partner Sharna Burgess, a dance which allowed him to showcase dramatic lifts. Either way, it was magnificent.
WATCH: Charlie White & Sharna Burgess — Contemporary — Week 1
In their very first dance, they got a score of 27 out of 30, the highest score of the night. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said: “You guys are a perfect match! That was poetry in motion!”
Bruno Tonioli called him an “artist” and seemed slightly worried that he wouldn’t be able to live up to the high expectations. Head judge Len Goodman was also somewhat skeptical, saying he did an amazing job in the Contemporary dance but that he was interested to see his ballroom dancing.
I truly think that if this wasn’t week one, the score would have been higher — probably a 29.
I Don’t Think Charlie Has An Unfair Advantage
I don’t want to sound like a hypocrite, because I have written before that I think gymnasts (like Shawn Johnson in Season 15) have had an unfair advantage in the competition.
But I was also a competitive figure skater for 10 years so I feel like I have some knowledge on the subject. When people would expect me to be an expert roller skater because I was an ice skater, I would just look at them with a blank stare. It’s not the same.
True, you’ll have better hand position, facial expression, and overall artistic ability, but I bet that almost every actor or celebrity on the show has taken dance lessons as a child or as their career started to soar.
I do think that rigorous Olympic training means Charlie is in shape and able to perform routines without struggling, but any young contestant, including Cody Simpson and James Maslow, has energy and stamina and is used to performing for hours at a time on stage.
When you look at it like that, Charlie only performs for a few minutes at a time — Cody, James, and even long distance swimming Diana Nyad, all have crazy endurance.
Do you think Charlie will win season 18 of DWTS? Do you think he has an unfair advantage, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee