‘Dancing With The Stars’ kicked off Season 19 on Sept. 15, and the new cast brought their A-game to the ballroom, especially Alfonso Ribeiro — and he didn’t even do ‘The Carlton’! The ‘Fresh Prince’ actor was so shockingly impressive that I think he might just win it all!
Alfonso Ribeiro is paired with Witney Carson on Dancing With The Stars Season 19, and the hot new duo is at the front of the pack, along with other frontrunners Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson, plus Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish. Click to WATCH Alfonso‘s jive from the premiere!
‘Dancing With The Stars’: Premiere: Alfonso Ribeiro Stuns With Jive
Who knew that Carlton had such great dance moves…besides “The Carlton!?”
Alfonso Ribeiro, 42, who rose to fame with Will Smith on ’90s hit The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, is already rising the ranks on Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars, kicking off the premiere with the highest score of the night.
Alfonso and his pro partner, Witney, 20, earned the top score of 36, and even resident tough guy, judge Len Goodman praised his talents: “A beautiful routine. That was, without question, the best dance of the night!”
New judge Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli also gave him positive critique. Bruno said, “The Prince of Bel-Air? You’re the King of the night!”
I totally agree with the judges. It’s so neat that Alfonso is the surprise celebrity standout of the season. I knew that he had his signature move, but I expected him to rely on his Fresh Prince jig and to woo over America with his goofiness and charm — not his downright talent! An added bonus? The actor did show off his funny side, faking out viewers by starting to do the “Carlton” and then shaking his head before the cameras cut to his actual routine, which was a stunning jive. Personality plus technique? Sounds like the perfect mix for the mirror ball!
Backstage at rehearsal, Alfonso told Witney that his main goal is to lose weight and she bounced back, saying that her main motive is to win! And you know what? I think they just might!
‘DWTS’ Season 19: Alfonso Ribero Could Win It All, Plus My Top 3
While Alfonso really impressed me, I was also taken aback by tons of the new dancin’ duos, especially Mark and Sadie and Janel and Val. (By the way, did anyone else notice Janel and Val’s insane chemistry?!)
Janel’s team ended up with a score of 29, and Sadie earned a 34.
I also have to give a shout out to Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. I liked their routine and energy, and think that they can definitely be another power couple of the season.
It’s only Week One so who knows what’s to come, but I think that Season 19 is off with a great kick and a step. Imagine what the Top Three will do when they actually have weeks of training under their sequined skirts!
HollywoodLifers, do you think that Alfonso will win it all? Do you agree with my Top Three — Alfonso, Sadie and Janel? Let me know who you think will get the mirror ball trophy!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister