Last night, Dancing with the Stars kicked off its 21st season with a slew of celebrities, including chefs, jockeys, reality TV stars, soldiers, singers and even a vine personality. As typically happens, some of the new competitors were more gifted in the dancing arena than others. However, there were some really, really low scores to kick off Season 21 from the likes of reality star Kim Kolziak, Paula Deen and an energetic-but-uncoordinated Gary Busey. You can check out the worst of the worst, below.
Kim Kolziak and Tony Dovolani: 4-4-4 (12)
Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe: 5-4-4 (13)
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff: 5-5-5 (15)
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: 5-5-5 (15)
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel: 5-5-5 (15)

It’s not that there were any moments that were so horrible you knew immediately that people would be going home. Kim and Tony’s dance, for instance, nabbed the lowest score, but it’s not like she was tripping over her feet. Instead, she just looked awkward and unnatural, her performance wasn’t super high-energy, and her footwork wasn’t spot-on.



That’s in direct contrast to last night’s high scorer, Nick Carter, whose experience with The Backstreet Boys has likely given him a good idea of what is good footwork and what is not. Last night he did a Cha Cha to Flo Rida’s “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” and it went over really well—despite the fact Carter mentioned he is a little “insecure” when it comes to dancing before his big debut. The video starts out with the dancers in shadows and you can only see their silhouettes, which is a nice touch.



Over the last few seasons of Dancing with the Stars, we’ve seen some pretty incredible dancing from a variety of celebrities in different fields. Rumer Willis managed to nab the Mirrorball Trophy last season, but she faced some incredible competition from Riker Lynch and Noah Galloway. The season before, winner Alfonso Ribeiro also competed against some heavy competition from Sadie Robertson and Janel Parrish. There were some good scores during this week’s Season 21 opener—Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough as well as Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess earned 24 points, but overall, there were clearly some lackluster beginnings, as well.

The first few weeks of Dancing with the Stars are always a little rough, as the less talented people have to work really hard just to scrape by. Still, having a bunch of people with extremely low scores to kick off may not bode well for the weeks to come. We’ll still be tuning in, however. You can catch new episodes of Dancing With The Stars on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET only on ABC. Results shows are on Tuesdays nights.

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