It was the season premiere on Sept. 12 for the highly anticipated new season of “Dancing With the Stars.” And, Jana Kramer fans were more than ready to cheer the beauty on for her first performance, a Viennese Waltz, with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.
In a pre-taped promotional piece that aired before her dance, Jana said, “I think this show will help me let my guard down. My personal life kind of took a hit. I have recently separated from my husband. I really think this process is going to be a huge healing experience for me.”
It looks like she was right! After a few weeks of rehearsal, Jana and Gleb executed a beautiful and steamy version of the traditional ballroom dance; however, it may have been too sexy for her own good, or at least for the “Dancing With the Stars” judges.
As Jana and Gleb approached host Tom Bergeron to accept the judges’ critiques, he joked, “We’ll pause briefly for affiliates to take cold showers.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli began the process asking the couple to perform the dance again because, “I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t having an X-rated fantasy.” He then said, “That was the raunchiest, sexiest, hottest Viennese Waltz I’ve ever seen. I cannot wait to see your Rumba.”
Jana smiled and blushed before Carrie Ann Inaba added, “It certainly wasn’t a traditional Viennese Waltz. And I’m going to say, maybe you guys don’t have to work on sexiness anymore.”
Len Goodman was a little less complimentary saying, “I wasn’t transported to old Vienna. It was all too dramatic. It’s a Viennese Waltz. It’s a soft, flowing dance. You’re such a gorgeous couple, just get out there. You’ve got so much talent, so much potential. It was just, for me, pitched a bit funny.”
In spite of what could be construed as negative comments, Jana and Gleb actually scored a 27, which placed them in a tie for third with Marilu Henner and Derek Hough. Tied at first place is Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, and Indy racer James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess with mutual 31s.
As beautifully as all of the couples executed their dances, the night was marred by an unfortunate incident after Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and professional partner Cheryl Burke completed their performance. While receiving their reviews from the judges, two men wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts rushed the stage in an attempt to possibly harm the controversial athlete. The broadcast quickly cut away from the mayhem, but fellow Olympic swimmer, Eddie Moses, captured the chaos in a cell phone video, including Derek Hough going into the stands to help security remove the remainder of what appeared to be a group of Lochte protestors. As things settled down, the audience rewarded the “Dancing With the Stars” couple with a standing ovation.