Season 29 of "Dancing with the Stars" premiered Monday night and was packed with new faces, impressive dance routines, meme-able moments, and COVID-19 changes.
Plenty of safety protocols have been implemented to keep pro dancers, contestants, and judges safe. The trio of judges -- Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli -- are sitting 6 feet apart from each other. The season will also continue on sans audience for safety reasons, so the cheering and shouting was replaced with a pre-recorded audience track.
Fifteen celebrities hit the stage to compete for the Mirrorball Trophy including former “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe, actress Anne Heche, Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, rapper Nelly, and “Catfish” TV hot Nev Schulman.
But the biggest draw was Carole Baskin, the big cat activist who rose to stardom after her debut on Netflix’s highly popular “Tiger King.”
Check out some of the biggest and viral moments from the premiere.
Carole Baskin Hits the Dance Floor
DWTS producers knew that many people were tuning in to see Carole’s debut on the series, so they left her performance for last in hopes of drumming up some good ratings.
Pasha Pashkov was stunned to learn that he was going to be dancing with the "big cat lady" and seemed to draw inspiration fro