During the taped intro to his "Dancing with the Stars" debut last night, an Oregon National Guardsman acknowledged he was unknown to the world less than a month ago.
Carrie Ann Anaba, the first judge to comment, was pleasantly surprised.
Skarlatos wasn't the only dancer to receive rave reviews; one site put him above the median but in the middle third. But his opposition –12 other celebrity dancers including late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's daughter Bindi Irwin, former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Paula Deen and Gary Busey — is much less threatening than what he faced not four weeks ago in France.
'Representing Spencer and Anthony'
Skarlatos' taped intro include a shout-out to his friends who helped him save lives that day.
"I feel like I am representing Spencer and Anthony, I just really hope I do them proud," Skarlatos said.
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But if the judges' reactions are any indication, they should be proud, and maybe even a little surprised given Skarlatos' stated inexperience. Even the lone judge with the slightest criticism was effusive with praise.
Highlights and segments that did not air last night will be shown tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC. The first celebrity dancer will be eliminated next Monday, the second on Tuesday.