Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei kicked off the 24th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday night (March 20) with a quickstep.
Tastefully dressed in a white dress, Kordei — who is paired with dancing pro Val Chmerkovskiy — hit the dance floor with an electrifying dance set to Erin Bowman’s “Good Time, Good Life.”
Prior to Kordei’s performance, she revealed that her appearance on the show will coincide with Fifth Harmony’s Asian tour and Chmerkovskiy will join them like a “roadie” to rehearse their routines before returning to Los Angeles every week for show nights.
“It was a great first opening number,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba, while Len Goodman praised the dance as “first-class” despite criticizing the pair for taking a while to get the dance moving.
Julianne Hough hailed the duo, saying they “nailed it,” while the always colorful Bruno Tonioli felt it was “crackling with energy.”
While those accolades were dazzling, the duo earned a puzzling 27 out of 40, which “disappointed” Chmerkovskiy.
Bowman — whose song has topped SiriusXM’s Venus for 14 weeks and was the centerpiece of promotional advertising for the Academy Awards as well as This Is Us and HBO’s Girls — said she thought Normani was perfect and was honored the Fifth Harmony singer chose her song for her first dance.
“She did such a good job,” Bowman tells Billboard. “I love Fifth Harmony, and to have Normani dance to my song is amazing. I think it really worked, and I hope their fanbase liked the song.”
To keep Kordei in the competition, Harmonizers can call (800) 868-3410.