ABC/Adam TaylorBoyz II Men‘s Wanya Morris hasn’t been bashful about his intention to win Dancing with the Stars, and he delivered during his debut Monday, landing in a three-way tie for first place with his cha cha to the band’s “Motownphilly.”
Wanya and his pro partner, Lindsay Arnold, scored a 23/30 for their dance, which incorporated some of his classic Boyz II Men moves. He tied with Good Morning America‘s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy, and season 22 America’s Next Top Model champ Nyle DiMarco and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba dubbed Morris a “twinkle toes in the making.”
Backstage following the show, Morris admitted he never expected to be at the top of the leader board — he was just trying to do his best and get a good score. “I know that the judges are pretty hard on different techniques and, you know, things like that, so I wanted to make sure that I did everything,” he explained
As for the song choice, the 42-year-old says that hopefully it gave the DWTS audience an idea of where he’s from. “[There are] a lot of people out there that don’t know Boyz II Men past 1996,” he said. “And there’s a lot of young people that are born before then or after that,” he continued. “You know, so, I think it kind of like gives a nostalgia and it makes it so that people can take this journey with me. Remember where they were with me, and go where I’m going.”
Morris got support from band mate Shawn Stockman, who was in the audience Monday.
Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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