Anna Ermakova, daughter of tennis legend Boris Becker (55), got off to a perfect start on "Let's Dance" on RTL. The 22-year-old showed an extremely elegant slow waltz in Cologne on Friday evening. The performance was very well received by both the jury and the audience.
The reward was the so-called direct ticket - the prize money in the first show. With the wildcard in hand, the model can look forward to the next episode of "Let's Dance" with ease. Ermakova cannot be eliminated there - even if she should slip on the dance floor.
Even the strict adjudicator Joachim Llambi was full of praise for the 22-year-old. “You had a very nice stride. You hugged me really nicely, ”analyzed the juror expertly. His conclusion: "Anna was very strong today." The jury gave her a total of 23 points - nobody got more.
The model, based in London, looks a lot like her father. Her mother is model Angela Ermakova, who once had a brief affair with Becker. Daughter Anna's start on "Let's Dance" was eagerly awaited. The 22-year-old is a new discovery for German show business.
In the show, she introduced herself by saying that she was "Boris Becker's daughter" and was still learning German. However, counting to ten in the language, which was unfamiliar to her, worked - not unimportant when it comes to step sequences and rhythm. Likewise, Ermakova said the phrase: "I love love love dance."
In "Let's Dance" celebrities dance with professional dancers. No one had to leave the first episode. However, the start is always the first indicator of who can fight for victory in the coming weeks. The Tiktoker Younes Zarou (25), for example, got pretty poor ratings. "After five bars he was already out of step!" Llambi stated. The mentalist Timon Krause (28) also had to take criticism. "You're such a dear son-in-law," Llambi said to him - "we don't want that here!". He wanted to see "young, fresh dynamics". "This isn't senior hopping!"
Krause, a kind of magician with psychological elements by profession, managed to use his mental abilities to guess his dance partner for the rest of the season. Because that's what the first "Let's Dance" episode is always about: who dances with whom? Krause concluded from a foot movement by moderator Daniel Hartwich (44) that it must be Ekaterina Leonova (35) – who the broadcaster had actually intended for him. Hartwich was amazed.
Anna Ermakova was assigned to professional dancer Valentin Lusin (35). That shouldn't have reduced her chances of dancing her way into the front row at the show either. Lusin is experienced and one of the crowd favourites. In addition, his wife Renata made him fire on the show. He now has the opportunity to win the trophy, she encouraged him. The background: Renata Lusin, who often danced successfully herself, is not performing this year. She is pregnant.
Professional dancer Kathrin Menzinger (34), who won the previous season with circus artist René Casselly, is supposed to take care of comedian Abdelkarim (41) in 2023. In the first show, however, he still showed clear weaknesses and - one can say that - simply has different physical requirements than his light-footed predecessor. In any case, Casselly warned: "Of course, he must also be willing to make sacrifices."
Sadness mingled with all the hubbub as host Hartwich offered sympathy on behalf of "Let's Dance" to the family and friends of former world-class pole vaulter Tim Lobinger. The athlete had danced on the show as a candidate in 2011. On Thursday, his family announced that Lobinger had died at the age of 50 after a long illness with cancer. "We all have fond memories of him," Hartwich said.