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Just two minutes into last night's Dancing With the Stars, hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron shocked the couples with the news that not one but TWO sets of dancers wouldn't make it to the credits.

Then the hosts told them that the celebs would be dancing the dance they said they most wanted to perform when they had no dancing experience.

Hope they're all quick studies!

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Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS
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1. Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

2. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas in a promotional pic from the new season of DWTS


Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

3. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess in a promotional pic from the new season of DWTS


Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy

4. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

5. NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

6. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Cody Simpson and Witney Carson

7. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

8. Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

9. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd in a promotional photo for the new season of DTWS


Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

10. Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

11. Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

12. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke went first, dancing the jive. They are safe for another week with a score of 21.

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy did a sexy samba after which judge Bruno Tonioli called Winnie Cooper a "sexy little jungle cat."

"Beautiful to look at but not quite tamed." 

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On Dancing With The Stars, being a double amputee might be seen as a disadvantage.

But Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy isn't letting it slow her down.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

Amy tells TMZ that she has different feet for different types of dances. Forget wood or cumbersome mechanics, Amy's special dancing feet include ankles that work on hydraulics.

Southern California Prosthetics has sent her several pairs to try, including ones she can wear with high heels! No matter what kind of feet she's rocking, her dancing is pretty amazing.

You can see one of her pairs of specially made feet in action when you watch Dancing With the Stars online. See Monday's performances right here:

Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Premiere Performances
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough debut on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.
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Amy Purdy & Derek Hough debut on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.


Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

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Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.


Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas - DWTS Week 1

3. Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas - DWTS Week 1

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas - Contemporary - Week 1.


Charlie White & Sharna Burgess - DWTS Week 1

4. Charlie White & Sharna Burgess - DWTS Week 1

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess do the Contemporary on DWTS Week 1.


Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

5. Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy on DWTS Week One.


James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd - DWTS Week 1

6. James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd - DWTS Week 1

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd dance the foxtrot on DWTS Week 1.


Cody Simpson & Witney Carson - DWTS Week 1

7. Cody Simpson & Witney Carson - DWTS Week 1

Cody Simpson & Witney Carson dance the Cha Cha Cha on DWTS Week 1.


Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov - DWTS Week 1

8. Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov - DWTS Week 1

Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov do the foxtrot on DWTS Week 1.


Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke - DWTS Week 1

9. Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke - DWTS Week 1

Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke on Dancing with the Stars in Week 1.


NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani - DWTS Week 1

10. NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani - DWTS Week 1

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani on Dancing with the Stars, Week 1.


Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff - DWTS Week 1

11. Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff - DWTS Week 1

Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff go Dancing with the Stars in Week 1.


Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater - DWTS Week 1

12. Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater - DWTS Week 1

Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.


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Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Episode 1 kicked the new season of changes - new host, new band and new celebs - off with a bang on Monday night.

First, Tom Bergeron took the stage to introduce himself and his new co-host, Erin Andrews, who replaces Brooke Burke-Charvet in a controversial move.

Together, they presented the new cast of stars competing for Mirror Ball, and those stars brought their A-game ... or at least they all showed up and tried.

See the performances from Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Episode 1 below:

Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Premiere Performances
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough debut on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.
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Amy Purdy & Derek Hough debut on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.


Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

2. Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.


Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas - DWTS Week 1

3. Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas - DWTS Week 1

Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas - Contemporary - Week 1.


Charlie White & Sharna Burgess - DWTS Week 1

4. Charlie White & Sharna Burgess - DWTS Week 1

Charlie White & Sharna Burgess do the Contemporary on DWTS Week 1.


Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

5. Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy - DWTS Week 1

Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy on DWTS Week One.


James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd - DWTS Week 1

6. James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd - DWTS Week 1

James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd dance the foxtrot on DWTS Week 1.


Cody Simpson & Witney Carson - DWTS Week 1

7. Cody Simpson & Witney Carson - DWTS Week 1

Cody Simpson & Witney Carson dance the Cha Cha Cha on DWTS Week 1.


Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov - DWTS Week 1

8. Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov - DWTS Week 1

Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov do the foxtrot on DWTS Week 1.


Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke - DWTS Week 1

9. Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke - DWTS Week 1

Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke on Dancing with the Stars in Week 1.


NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani - DWTS Week 1

10. NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani - DWTS Week 1

NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani on Dancing with the Stars, Week 1.


Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff - DWTS Week 1

11. Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff - DWTS Week 1

Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff go Dancing with the Stars in Week 1.


Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater - DWTS Week 1

12. Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater - DWTS Week 1

Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater on Dancing with the Stars Week 1.


Who will win? Will it be Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke; Amy Purdy and Derek Hough; Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov; Charlie White and Sharna Burgess?

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy; NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani; James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd; Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff?

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater; Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas; Cody Simpson and Witney Carson?

Let's break down the scores from night one after the jump ...

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The Dancing with the Stars premiere is in the books.

It's definitely a new season in 2014, with Erin Andrews in and Brooke Burke-Charvet out, along with band leader Harold Wheeler and his musicians.

A new voting system has been implemented this spring, and for the first time ever, viewers will have the chance to switch up the celebrity-pro pairings.

Tonight, though, was all about the 12 stars' debuts.

Who was the best? The worst? The most entertaining? The least likely to make it past week two? We're opening up all of that for discussion below!

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Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

2. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas in a promotional pic from the new season of DWTS


Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

3. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess in a promotional pic from the new season of DWTS


Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy

4. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

5. NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

6. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Cody Simpson and Witney Carson

7. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

8. Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

9. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd in a promotional photo for the new season of DTWS


Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

10. Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

11. Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

12. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Will the format tweaks make for a better season? Less skewed results? Better viewing overall? We'll have to wait and see, along with which stars comment.

From Real Housewives to Olympians, game show hosts and former child stars, this Dancing with the Stars cast has it all. Plus, Maks is back, so there's that!

Who do you think has what it takes to win? Vote:

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The season 18 Dancing With The Stars cast was revealed a week ago, but this is our first chance to see them all dressed up and ready to hit the floor.

As usual, the ladies stun in teeny tiny bedazzled dresses and sky high heels while the men sport dapper suits.

From 80's tv stars to gold medal athletes to a teen pop star, who do you think will take home the mirror ball trophy?

Or more importantly, what do you think the chances are that Billy Dee Williams WON'T go home first?

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Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS
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Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

2. Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas in a promotional pic from the new season of DWTS


Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

3. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess in a promotional pic from the new season of DWTS


Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy

4. Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

5. NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

6. Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Cody Simpson and Witney Carson

7. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

8. Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

9. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd in a promotional photo for the new season of DTWS


Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

10. Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

11. Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

12. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough in a promotional photo for the new season of DWTS


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Dancing With the Stars has rounded up another eclectic cast of B-to-D-level celebrities for Season 18 (yes, 18), kicking off Monday, March 17 on ABC.

Two Olympic darlings, three singers, two former child TV stars, one double amputee, a former NHL star and others will strap on their dancing shoes!

Oh, and a certain Real Housewives of Atlanta star ...

Dancing With the Stars Cast 2014
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is headed to the ballroom!
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NeNe Leakes

1. NeNe Leakes

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is headed to the ballroom!


Danica McKellar

2. Danica McKellar

The Wonder Years in the house!


Candace Cameron Bure

3. Candace Cameron Bure

Full House in the House!


Amy Purdy

4. Amy Purdy

Double amputee snowboarder Amy Purdy will make Dancing With the Stars her next challenge.


Meryl Davis and Charlie White

5. Meryl Davis and Charlie White

Gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White are both going Dancing with the Stars!


Cody Simpson

6. Cody Simpson

Young heart throb Cody Simpson hopes to own younger viewers' votes.


Billy Dee Williams Photo

7. Billy Dee Williams Photo

Billy Dee Williams is going Dancing With the Stars in 2014.


Drew Carey

8. Drew Carey

Drew Carey (seen here with wife Nicole) will be busting a move on DWTS.


Sean Avery

9. Sean Avery

Hockey star Sean Avery will see if he's a dancing star this year.


James Maslow

10. James Maslow

James Maslow of Big Time Rush fame is headed to DWTS!


Diana Nyad

11. Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad, the record-setting swimmer, will put her skills to the test in the ballroom.


Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to the ballroom this season, as does Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, who will replace Brooke Burke as co-host of the program.

Dance pro Derek Hough announced another twist on Good Morning America, saying that at some point this spring, the whole cast will switch partners.

"You have to change things every so often to keep them fresh," says executive producer Conrad Green. "We have to be mindful of keeping younger audiences."

DWTS still draws 15 million viewers a week, a huge total by any measure. But its average viewer age of 61.6 is near the top of that scale for any show.

But Green defends the show that has had so many years of success, and there's no reason to think it won't this time around with this year's cast.

Here's a breakdown of the celebs and their professional partners ...

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The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis was a virtual lock to appear on Dancing with the Stars this spring, but apparently producers are no longer interested.

ABC has not commented, but insiders who work on the show reveal that Juan Pablo initially was under "serious consideration" but is "no longer wanted."

"He's just too risky," says one DWTS source.

"There's too much negativity at this point."

Don't worry Juan Pablo ... EEEEES OK!

Juan Pablo Photo

In all seriousness, is hard to describe how hard Galavis' stock has tanked in the last two months, beginning with comments slamming the idea of a gay Bachelor.

Since then, two of the women who made it far on The Bachelor decided to leave him, not vice versa, and neither had positive things to say in the process.

Andi Dorfman, in fact, called Juan Pablo an "a—hole" with "no filter" who has no real feelings, uses the "language barrier" excuse too much and so forth.

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After a one-season hiatus, the Ukrainian stud is back in the ballroom. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to Dancing with the Stars this spring, full-time.

He was seen leaving a meeting with executives for the show Wednesday and it's a done deal. Gotta work through that Kate Upton breakup somehow.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Pic

It's not clear if Maksim will be back for any more seasons after this one, but fans who thought they'd seen the last of him will no doubt take what they can get.

As for his partner, it's also unclear who he'll be paired with. The celebrity contestants will all be announced next Tuesday on Good Morning America.

Among the rumored contestants? NeNe Leakes and Candace Cameron-Bure.

Even more notably, Erin Andrews, who was partnered with Maksim in Season 10, is coming back this year as host, replacing the fired Brooke Burke-Charvet.

This will be Chmerkovskiy's 14th out of 18 on the long-running ABC series.

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Two famous TV faces might be attached to the next Dancing with the Stars cast.

Sources tell E! News that Candace Cameron Bure and NeNe Leaks are two of the stars set to waltz into the reality competition show's ballroom for its 18th season. 

NeNe is a reality TV vet, having appeared on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta for 6 seasons. 

Candace got her small screen start on Full House back in 1987. She played DJ Tanner for eight seasons. She recently starred in the Hallmark Christmas film, Let It Snow

Wonder how these gals will fare on the dance floor...

DJ Tanner dancing

The full DWTS cast will be announced on Good Morning America on March 4. 

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