Performing with her pro partner, Artem Chigvintsev, Bristowe pulled out all the stops, costumes and all. The reality star wore a bright yellow fringe dress, with her hair half-up, half-down.
“Artem, nice to see you back where you belong! And Kaitlyn, what a Cha Cha. You really got it going on during week one. It was so good,” judge Bruno Tonioli raved, with Derek Hough adding, “A great first dance, a beautiful Cha Cha … well done.”
Bristowe received a total score of 20/30 from the judges.
Speaking to ET last week, Bristowe revealed that fellow Bachelorette (and season 28 mirrorball champion!) Hannah Brown gave some advice, as well as a gift, ahead of the premiere.
“Last night I used the foot bath that she gave me. It’s like, an ice bath and I just loaded that thing up with ice. I was like, ‘Oh this is gonna feel so good,'” Bristowe said at the time. “I don’t know if you’ve ever tried an ice bath, but the worst thing I’ve ever done. But she gave me the ice bath.”
“She said the same thing as everyone else, ‘Enjoy it. It goes by so fast.’ So, even every blister on my foot, I look at with love right now,” she added. I’m like, ‘Hey you, you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing.'”
Meanwhile, none other than Lady Gaga herself was watching the performance, and sent Bristowe some love on social media.
“Is it weird that this made me cry…I love watching people happy and dancing!” wrote Gaga on Twitter.
Is it weird that this made me cry…I love watching people happy and dancing! https://t.co/bBKblhVhqT
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 15, 2020
Bristowe was understandably floored, admitting she was “never going to recover from Lady Gaga watching me dance to her song.”
I’m never going to recover from lady Gaga watching me dance to her song. #dwts
— Kaitlyn Bristowe (@kaitlynbristowe) September 15, 2020
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