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Dancing with the Stars Premiere: Who Scored?

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We are off and Dancing on ABC.

Season 18 of this competition introduced viewers to many new contestants, of course, along with new host Erin Andrews.

It was a night of Foxtrot-ing, Cha Cha Cha-ing and Contemporary... ing, as  Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and Sharna Burgess scored the highest with a routine that involved lifts, spins and the exceeded of already-high expectations.

Elsewhere, Danica McKella can clearly do more than just pine after Kevin Arnold, Amy Purdy earned a “Gold medal” from Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba broke into tears at one point.

Who put on the top performance? Decide for yourself now:

Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot
Well done, Danica McKellar! Watch this star do the Foxtrot with Val Chmerkovskiy.

Here is a breakdown of the Week 1 scores:

  • Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: 27
  • Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 25
  • Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 24
  • Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 22
  • NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 21
  • James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 21
  • Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 21
  • Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov: 18
  • Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: 15

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Considering he said he has had two hip surgeries, I think that his physical limitations are severe. But he still has that wonderful smile, and a can-do attitude. He has more than a decade on me, but he did far better than I could. I think he will be voted off first thing, but I commend him for trying. And it was very good to see him.


I didn't expect Billy Dee Williams to win, but I expected more than that. He wasn't even trying - or his physical limitations are so pronounced that he shouldn't have even continued after the first lesson.