Dancing With The Stars: Carole Baskin performs Eye Of The Tiger during season ...

Carole Baskin performed to Eye Of The Tiger on Monday during the season 29 premiere of Dancing With The Stars on ABC that featured a new host and a new judge.

The 59-year-old big cat rights activist became a pop culture sensation following the release in March of the documentary Tiger King and was among the 15 celebrities competing amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

She was partnered with pro dancer Pasha Pashkov and they performed a paso doble routine that opened with Pasha in a cage with stuffed tiger animals.

Season premiere: Carole Baskin performed Eye Of The Tiger on Monday with pro partner Pasha Pashkov during the season 29 premiere of Dancing With The Stars on ABC

Season premiere: Carole Baskin performed Eye Of The Tiger on Monday with pro partner Pasha Pashkov during the season 29 premiere of Dancing With The Stars on ABC

Baskin in a long skirt with tiger stripes and wearing a purple wreath freed Pasha from the cage as they performed to the Survivor song Eye Of The Tiger that was the theme for the 1982 sports movie Rocky III.

They received a score of 11 points from the judges and ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard at the end of the premiere.  

Tyra Banks, 46, made a stunning debut as new judge after replacing co-hosts Erin Andrews, 42, and Tom Bergeron, 65, who announced their departures in July.

The model looked runway ready as she strode into the ballroom in a long red dress with a small train and high thigh slit, matching long gloves and dangling earrings to open the live, two-hour show.

Banks told the audience that she watched the dancing competition show growing up with her family. 

Animal activist: The 59-year-old big cat rights activist upon introduction made paws with her hands and clawed the camera

Animal activist: The 59-year-old big cat rights activist upon introduction made paws with her hands and clawed the camera

In cage: Their paso doble routine opened with Pashkov trapped in a cage

In cage: Their paso doble routine opened with Pashkov trapped in a cage

Rescue time: Baskin in a long skirt with tiger stripes and wearing a purple wreath freed Pasha from the cage as they performed to the Survivor song Eye Of The Tiger that was the theme for the 1982 sports movie Rocky III

Rescue time: Baskin in a long skirt with tiger stripes and wearing a purple wreath freed Pasha from the cage as they performed to the Survivor song Eye Of The Tiger that was the theme for the 1982 sports movie Rocky III

New host: Tyra Banks, 46, made a stunning debut as new judge after replacing co-hosts Erin Andrews, 42, and Tom Bergeron, 65, who announced their departures in July

New host: Tyra Banks, 46, made a stunning debut as new judge after replacing co-hosts Erin Andrews, 42, and Tom Bergeron, 65, who announced their departures in July

Runway ready: The model and America's Next Top Model creator looked runway ready in a long red dress with a train

Runway ready: The model and America's Next Top Model creator looked runway ready in a long red dress with a train

'Look, mama, I'm in the ballroom! And I get to say, ''Welcome to Dancing With The Stars'',' Banks said.

She then introduced the season 29 contestants who include Baskin, cheer team coach Monica Aldama, Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe, NFL star Vernon Davis, actress Skai Jackson, actress Justina Machado, TV host Jeannie Mai, Jesse Metcalfe, rapper Nelly, TV host Nev Schulman, real estate agent Chrishell Stause, Olympian Johnny Weir, film actress Anne Heche, former NBA star Charles Oakley and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean.

Baskin upon introduction made paws with her hands and clawed the camera.

Show fan: Banks told the audience that she watched the dancing competition show growing up with her family

Show fan: Banks told the audience that she watched the dancing competition show growing up with her family

Banks, who also became an executive producer of DWTS, then explained how the ballroom received a pandemic makeover with social distancing between judges Carrie Ann Inaba, 52, Bruno Tonioli, 64, and newcomer Derek Hough, 35.

Former six-time champion Hough was replacing Len Goodman, 76, who could not travel from London due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.

McLean was teamed with pro dancer Cheryl Burke and they scored 18 for their first dance.

New look: Banks, who also became an executive producer of DWTS, changed outfits then explained how the ballroom received a makeover before welcoming judges Carrie Ann Inaba, 52, Bruno Tonioli, 64, and newcomer Derek Hough, 35

New look: Banks, who also became an executive producer of DWTS, changed outfits then explained how the ballroom received a makeover before welcoming judges Carrie Ann Inaba, 52, Bruno Tonioli, 64, and newcomer Derek Hough, 35

The judges: Inaba, Hough and Tonioli will evaluate the dancing couples during season 29

The judges: Inaba, Hough and Tonioli will evaluate the dancing couples during season 29

Past champion: Hough won DWTS a record six times before moving to the judging table

Past champion: Hough won DWTS a record six times before moving to the judging table

First dance: AJ McLean was teamed with pro dancer Cheryl Burke and they scored 18 for their first dance

First dance: AJ McLean was teamed with pro dancer Cheryl Burke and they scored 18 for their first dance

Stause, 39, who stars in the reality show Selling Sunset, was up next with pro partner Gleb Savchenko and scored 13 points.

Davis, 36, and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a foxtrot that earned positive reviews from the judges and 17 points.

Banks reminded Davis of the past success of NFL players on the dancing competition show and asked the Super Bowl champion if he felt any extra added pressure.

Netflix star: Chrishell Stause was among the three Netflix stars competing on the ABC show

star: Chrishell Stause was among the three stars competing on the ABC show

Low score: Gleb Savchenko and Chrishell got a score of 13 points out of 30 from the judges

Low score: Gleb Savchenko and Chrishell got a score of 13 points out of 30 from the judges

Nice moves: Burke choreographed the routine for the former boy band member

Nice moves: Burke choreographed the routine for the former boy band member

'I feel the pressure, but I'm going to try and relax and stay calm,' Davis said.

Heche, 51, danced a cha-cha with pro partner Keo Motsepe to the hit song Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa that ended with a big dramatic dip.

They earned scores of six from all three judges for 18 points.

Mae and pro partner Brandon Armstrong in neon green outfits performed a salsa that earned 18 points from the judges.

Foxtrot dance: Vernon Davis, 36, and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a foxtrot that earned positive reviews from the judges and 17 points

Foxtrot dance: Vernon Davis, 36, and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a foxtrot that earned positive reviews from the judges and 17 points

Under pressure: Super Bowl champion Davis admitted feeling pressure following the success of former NFL stars on the show

Under pressure: Super Bowl champion Davis admitted feeling pressure following the success of former NFL stars on the show

Neon outfits: Jeannie Mai and pro partner Brandon Armstrong in neon green outfits performed a salsa that earned 18 points from the judges

Neon outfits: Jeannie Mai and pro partner Brandon Armstrong in neon green outfits performed a salsa that earned 18 points from the judges

Dance song: Anne Heche, 51, danced a cha-cha with pro partner Keo Motsepe to the hit song Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa that ended with a big dramatic dip

Dance song: Anne Heche, 51, danced a cha-cha with pro partner Keo Motsepe to the hit song Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa that ended with a big dramatic dip

Metcalfe, 41, and pro partner Sharna Burgess performed a quickstep that Hough called a 'great first dance'.

They earned a scored of 18 points from the judges.

The show's youngest competitor Jackson, 18, and pro partner Alan Bersten scored 21 points  and became early favorites.

Fast feet: Jesse Metcalfe, 41, and pro partner Sharna Burgess performed a quickstep for their first dance

Fast feet: Jesse Metcalfe, 41, and pro partner Sharna Burgess performed a quickstep for their first dance

Youngest competitor: The show's youngest competitor Skai Jackson, 18, and pro partner Alan Bersten scored 21 points and became early favorites

Youngest competitor: The show's youngest competitor Skai Jackson, 18, and pro partner Alan Bersten scored 21 points and became early favorites

The Bachelorette star Bristowe, 35, performed a cha-cha with pro partner Artem Chigvintsev, 38, who returned to the show after not appearing on season 28.

Bristowe and Chigvintsev, who

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