Dancing With the Stars Season Premiere Recap: Let's Get Ready to Rumba (or Foxtrot)!

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Was this the best Dancing With the Stars Season Premiere night in history?!

The judges seemed to think so, and unlike Chris Harrison on The Bachelor, they don't throw around superlatives like that every single episode of every season.

So you know Monday's Season 14 opener was at least pretty good, and with no one on the block tonight, the contestants were free to let loose, pressure-free!

Not to say we didn't learn who's in it to win it and whose cringe-inducing moves will likely make their stint on DWTS a short one, but all are safe this week!

Let's get right to the biggest story, though: Jaleel White is no Steve Urkel.

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson

His foxtrot with Kym Johnson closed the show, but DWTS saved the best dance for last apparently, as the former Family Matters star posted a 26! In Week One!

Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins was elegant during her own foxtrot with Mark Ballas, also scoring a 26 and tying Urkel Jaleel for first place Monday.

Also coming out of nowhere? Cuban actor William Levy, a telenovela star known as "the Mexican Brad Pitt" apparently. Funny as that is, his skills are no joke!

His cha-cha with Cheryl Burke had Carrie Ann thanking ABC for her job. That about sums it up right there, has Levy swept into a solid third with 24 points.

The 67-year-old Gladys Knight made the AARP crowd proud with a cha-cha that "oozed rhythm," according to Len. That's right, Len. Well done, Gladys!

NFL star Donald Driver was so amped up, he was instructed to rein in his enthusiasm just a bit for next week's quickstep, but he still came out swinging.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd

Roshon Fegan of the Disney's Shake It Up! and Camp Rock fame handled the cha-cha with confidence. Keep your eye on Roshon and Chelsie Hightower.

Melissa Gilbert didn't start strong, despite a shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her partner, though both she and Maria Menounos showed some promise.

Sherri Shepherd, despite a well-received first dance, had to put this out there right away: "I apologize to everybody I criticized at The View," she joked.

Jack Wagner landed right in the middle of the pack with his foxtrot, while a jovial Gavin DeGraw and an elegant Martina Navratilova brought up the rear.

Bruno absolutely loved the tennis legend's sass and class, even after she admitted she had not worn a dress in 20 years. Don't write Martina off yet.

Only six points separated first from last, though, so everyone is in the running heading into next week's jives and quicksteps. Should be a lot of fun!

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough

The Dancing With the Stars season premiere scoreboard:

  • Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26
  • Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: 26
  • William Levy & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus: 24
  • Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya: 23
  • Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
  • Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 21
  • Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: 21
  • Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
  • Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20
  • Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 20

Who was your favorite in the first week? Who do you think has what it takes to make it far, and who will be on the block next week? Share your comments below!

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What a great start!! Not a bad dancer in the bunch! Can't wait to see next week! Katherine is so beautiful and graceful and Jaleel will probably be the one to beat, we will see.

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Good group this year. Everyone did great. But right now I am routing for Jaleel.

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This was actually the first season, that the contestants did not score below 20....Every one did exceptionally well for the first night....I, myself was impressed....this season there are a lot of good dancers, and i guess it's anybody's game.....good to see who will win at the end....much better personalities this season compared to the other seasons.....good show..............

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WOW... WHAT A SEASON..., NOT REALLY A BAD ONE IN THE BUNCH 1ST NIGHT OUT... Glady's.. you did GREAT! You got the moves girl, along with a GREAT VOICE. But the MEN may have Stolen the Show lst night out this year! WOW... WOW... WOW..!

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I wasn't going to watch this season, but so glad I did. Everyone did a great job!

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We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. Romans 8; 28a

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What a talented group! No whine, no limps, no excuses! I love it!

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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