Sadie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty" recently joined "Dancing With The Stars." She was partnered with Mark Ballas, a professional dancer. During the season premiere of the show, all the judges sang praises for Robertson. Now many believe that Robertson will be the one to beat this season.
Julianne Hough, who also started out in the ABC dancing reality show, now sits as a judge for Season 19. After Robertson and Ballas performed, she described Robertson as a total package. Robertson, a fan of Hough, felt overwhelmed by the good words. She said it was a dream come true for her to hear it, reports E! Online.
"Oh my gosh, it was huge," Robertson said. "It was so much fun. I really let loose and had fun with it. I loved it."
She got two 8s and two 9s from the judges, including Hough, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba. Robertson got one of the highest scores that night and got second place after Alfonso Ribiero.
Meanwhile, Willie, Sadie's father, felt very emotional during her performance. And the young reality TV star revealed that her father has to approve her outfits first. Also, her family will be part of the audience every week, but each member follows a schedule. Robertson joked "I really have to make it far or they'll all not make it."
Elsewhere, Ballas has become an exclusive blogger for "DWTS" Season 19 for Hollywood Life. For the premiere episode, Ballas wrote his first blog entry for the site.
In his blog, he said "I thought it was a great premiere! A very raw, very different kind of premiere! Some unexpected talent did very well!"
He then talked about his partner Robertson, saying, "Not to mention, I was very impressed with Sadie who just pulled it out of the bag. She hit this 'on' switch that I hadn't seen in rehearsals yet. It blew me away! She was so cute, and her face lit up the whole room. She had a lot of rhythm, which is amazing for someone with no dance experience. She's naturally gifted — she's got it!"
"We had a great opening show, and I'm really excited to continue and drive all the way to the finals with Sadie!" says Ballas. Hopefully, they really do reach the finals."