Chris Soules and Witney Carson
The tight shirt and the rose tell the same story: Witney and Chris are more than willing to embrace Chris’ ”Bachelor” identity and have fun with the cheesiness factor. Aside from that, there’s good and bad news. The good news is that Chris is definitely strong enough to make his partner feel secure. (His bicep is wider than her hand.) The bad news is that his strength could make him a bit stiff on the dance floor. Right now, that toe point is not nearly convincing enough.
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy
Well, hello there! Rumer Willis is clearly making a statement with her first portrait. It’s all about flexibility, smolder, legs, legs, and more legs. Did she just become a frontrunner?
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough
In a similar stance to Rumer Willis, Liukin goes for less smolder and more shine. After all, who needs smolder when you have an Olympic gold medal?
RedFoo and Emma Slater
First red flag: If RedFoo is hung up on maintaining his signature look, he’s going to run into some major mobility issues. (I’m looking at you, pants.) Second red flag: His sloppy toe point. The lesson here? If anyone’s going to drop his partner this year in an attempt to look cool, it’s RedFoo.
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas
Shields proves that she knows her audience by picking a sparkly pink dress, and her stance says two very important things. First, she’s clearly relaxed, not sweating this competition one bit. Second, do you see that very slight toe turn? If anyone’s hiding some grace up their non-existent sleeve, it’s Shields.
Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani
Somers is another contender who doesn’t seem too worried about the competition, though her dress is made more for a cocktail party than a dance floor. Perhaps Somers is too relaxed and needs to commit a bit more to the task at hand, because let’s be honest: that sorority girl pose isn’t fooling anybody.
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker
“I don’t need a partner. Look how high I can jump, and watch what happens to my hair!”
Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd
No fedora can hide the fact that Sam is simply doing a squat…and an uncomfortable one at that.
Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe
Now this is just lazy. We all knew McKinney could pose for a photo, but nothing about this reads “Dancing With the Stars.” If anything, it reads “Awkward First Date.”
Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev
LaBelle is dressed to impress, but that’s about all she is. Either she’s saving her moves for the show, or this is about as low as she’s going to go.
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson
Of course the investor would keep things classy with a suit and tie and a simple pose. But if this portrait tells us anything, it’s that fake smiles are about as exciting as things get for these two.
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess
The message here is simple: He’s strong and ready to compete. Why Shana insists on hanging on him like that, we’ll never know. Biggest concern: Shana drags her partner down (literally).