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SAFE: Vinny Guadagnino and partner Koko Iwasaki scored 17 out of 40 for their salsa to Bad Bunny’s “Tití Me Preguntó.”

Koko Iwasaki and Vinny Guadagnino perform during the season 31 premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

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While the duo had the lowest score of the evening, they ultimately made it through to next week. 

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Guadagnino, of “Jersey Shore” fame, that he had “presence” but let Iwasaki “do all the work.” 

ELIMINATED: Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd earned 18 out of 40 for their cha-cha to “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, which wasn’t enough to save them.

Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd perform during the season 31 premiere of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd perform during the season 31 premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

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“It’s week one so it can only get better,” judge Derek Hough said of the duo’s routine. 

After landing in the bottom two, however, Lewis and Murgatroyd were eliminated. 

SAFE: Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov got sultry with their tango to “We Found Love” by Rihanna, earning a 20 out of 40.

Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov on the season 31 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov on the season 31 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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The duo landed in the bottom two, but ultimately advanced to the next round after the judges saved them.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told Giudice to use her “passion” and “fire” when she danced, and Inaba advised the former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star to “take up space.”

SAFE: Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke also received a 20 out of 40 for their foxtrot to Elton John and Britney Spears’ “Hold Me Closer.”

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke dance the foxtrot during the season 31 premiere of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke dance the foxtrot during the season 31 premiere of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

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All four of the judges awarded Champion and Burke fives for their performance, with Hough telling the weathercaster that he had timing issues. 

Despite landing in the bottom three, the pair were able to advance to the next round. 

SAFE: Jessie James Decker and Alan Bernstein’s cha-cha to “Sweet Home Alabama” earned them a 20 out of 40 as well.

Jessie James Decker and Alan Bernstein perform during the season 31 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

Jessie James Decker and Alan Bernstein perform during the season 31 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Several judges told James that she should work on improving her leg movements.

SAFE: Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel received a 21 out of 40 for their spirited cha-cha to Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up.”

Louis Van Amstel and Cheryl Ladd perform during the season 31 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

Louis Van Amstel and Cheryl Ladd perform during the season 31 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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“Cheryl Ladd has swagger,” Inaba said of the performance, while Tonioli encouraged the “Charlie’s Angels” star to “release her devil.” 

SAFE: Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater performed a quickstep to “Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol. The judges also gave them a 21 out of 40.

Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater dance a quickstep on the season 31 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater dance a quickstep on the season 31 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Tonioli told Donovan that he “has the talent,” and Inaba echoed his statement, saying: “Do not be afraid of dancing, because you can dance.” 

SAFE: Joseph Baena and Dani Karagach’s jive to “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas garnered them a 21 out of 40 from the judges, too.

Joseph Baena and Dani Karagach perform during the season 31 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

Joseph Baena and Dani Karagach perform during the season 31 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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The judges had plenty of encouragement for Baena, a fitness influencer who’s the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his former housekeeper, Mildred. 

Tonioli told Baena that he was “charming” and had “good musicality,” while Inaba called the 24-year-old “fascinating to watch.” 

SAFE: Heidi D’Amelio and her partner Artem Chigvintsev’s cha-cha to “Lady Marmalade” earned them a 24 out of 40.

Heidi D'Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev.

Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev.

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Inaba told the “D’Amelio Show” matriarch Heidi that “mama got the moves” and the other judges encouraged her to work on her confidence. 

SAFE: Jordin Sparks danced a “precise” cha-cha to a Whitney Houston classic with her partner Brandon Armstrong and earned a 26 out of 40.

Brandon Armstrong and Jordin Sparks, both in white, perform during the season 31 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars."

Brandon Armstrong and Jordin Sparks.

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The former “American Idol” winner danced to her late friend Houston’s hit “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” 

Head judge Len Goodman described their cha-cha as “clean,” “clear” and “precise.”

SAFE: “Coda” star Daniel Durant impressed everyone with a tango to “Barbara Streisand” by Duck Sauce that earned him a 27 out of 40.

Britt Stewart and Daniel Durant.

Britt Stewart and Daniel Durant.

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Durant, who is deaf, picked a song with a strong bass so he could feel the music. 

The judges said he had a fantastic frame and Tonioli called him a “magnetic” performer.

SAFE: A tango to The Pussycat Dolls’ hit “When I Grow Up” earned Shangela a 28 out of 40 as she made history with partner Gleb Savchenko.

Gleb Savchenko and Shangela

Gleb Savchenko and Shangela.

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Shangela is making history on season 31 as the first drag performer on the show. 

“You were totally in charge,” Tonioli said of the performance. 

SAFE: “Bachelorette” star Gabby Windey was one of three celebs to get a 28 out of 40 with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy for their jive to a Harry Styles hit.

Val Chmerkovskiy and Gabby Windey.

Val Chmerkovskiy and Gabby Windey.

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The reality star’s technique was praised by all of the judges after she jived to the Harry Styles hit “As It Was.”

“First jive, first class,” said Tonioli.

SAFE: TikTok star Charli D’Amelio topped the leaderboard with partner Mark Ballas and her score of 32 out of 40. She danced to “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion.

Charli D'Amelio and Mark Ballas.

Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas.

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Charli and her mom Heidi are making “DWTS” history as the first mother-daughter duo to compete against each other on the show. 

The TikToker out-danced everyone and earned the highest score of the night. 

“You are such a nuanced performer,” said Inaba. 

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