We’re guessing that not a ton of people would have picked Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez as the two celebs to be on top of the leaderboard after the first episode of “Dancing With the Stars.” (We didn’t, at any rate.)
But that’s what happened, as both Phillips — one-third of Wilson Phillips — and Iraq veteran and “All My Children” actor Martinez turned in standout performances on Monday’s (Sept. 19) premiere. They each danced the Viennese waltz, and the each came away with combined scores of 22, including the only 8s of the night.
For compare-and-contrast purposes, both their performances are below. We were duly impressed with how comfortable and confident each of them looked, and as Len Goodman said of Chynna’s effort, they were among the better first dances the show has ever seen.
So who’s the favorite? Can Chynna and J.R. stay on top, or will another celeb rise up next week?