There will be three young female celebs on the dance floor tonight as Dancing With The Stars begins its 27th American season on ABC. Pop-R&B singer Tinashe and Harry Potter-actress Evanna Lynch will be looking to get a little buzz and momentum back in their careers, while Instagram personality Alexis Ren might be hoping to change perceptions of herself as just an Internet model known for little more than racy pics.
For Tinashe, she’s clearly looking to break out of a couple year slump and fulfill some of big expectations that her talents as a singer, writer and dancer had set for her at the beginning of her career. She burst on the scene back in 2014 when her debut single “2 On” peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. But aside from the high-profile PR of her collabs with Britney Spears, Nick Jonas, Usher and Chris Brown, and the good reviews she’s gotten for some of the tracks on her last album Joyride, she has not really found a very large audience for her work.
Evanna Lynch is also looking to get a bit of a new start and broader recognition. The Irish actress is best known for playing the role of Luna Lovegood in the last four movies of the Harry Potter series. But other than a handful of small movie credits, she has not taken much of a step forward in her career, especially in American films.
Alexis Ren, on the other hand, has really done little in her career beyond being an Instagram bikini model and minor Internet celebrity. DWTS could be a career dead-end if she comes off badly. But if she does well in front of the cameras and shows some talent, maybe she can generate enough buzz out of the show to get a start in some entertainment field that involves more than making duck faces at a cell phone.
The 27th season premiere of DWTS will air starting tonight and continue tomorrow night, September 25th, in a two-night event. Episode 1 airs on Monday night, from 8 – 10 p.m. ET/PT and 7 – 9 p.m. CT, while episode 2 airs on Tuesday night, from 8 – 10:01 p.m. ET/PT and 7 – 9:01 p.m. CT.
Below we have videos that DWTS released last week introducing Season 27 contestants, Tinashe, Evanna and Alexis.
(Image sources: Tinashe, Evanna Lynch and Alexis Ren Instagram accounts)