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This week's Dancing With the Stars results were decided not by the judges or the fans, but by one of the participants who decided he could not continue.

Billy Dee Williams, citing a chronic back problem and medical advice, withdrew from season 18 of ABC’s dancing competition on Monday night.

The 77-year-old Star Wars actor thanked his pro partner, Emma Slater, and said he’d always remember his time on the show, even if it was cut short.

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater

“And I want to thank every one of you folks who’ve been supporting us,” Williams said, gesturing to the audience, which gave him a standing ovation.

Williams, who recently had hip surgery, has been at the bottom of the scoreboard, struggling on the dance floor despite winning votes with his spirit.

No one was voted off the dance floor as a result on Monday's episode, which also featured Good Morning America's Robin Roberts as a guest judge.

The routines in the third episode of this season were all dedicated to the most memorable year of the stars' lives. How did the scores shake out?

Check out the full leaderboard after the jump ...

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Candace Cameron Bure may be new to the world of competitive dancing, but it seems she has plenty of practice with the horizontal mambo, if ya know what we mean.

Candace Cameron Bure Paparazzi

The former Full House actress and new Dancing With the Stars contestant has opened up about her faith and family life and it seems nearly two decades of marriage haven't slowed her down in the bedroom.

"I am a sexual woman," Cameron said recently when asked about her sensual dance moves. She added: "I want to reserve certain things for my husband. So we did, I think, the best that we could with the rumba I felt comfortable doing."

Realizing that Uncle Jessie probably wouldn't approve of all this sexy rumba talk, Bure then added, "I'm a Christian! My life revolves around my relationship with Christ."

Cameron has made it clear to dance partner Mark Ballas that she won't be wearing any revealing clothing during their routines, as doing so would conflict with her faith.

Cameron, a mother of three, has been married to former NHL player Valerie Bure for 18 years. Her brother, Kirk Cameron, also gained fame as a child star before abandoning acting to become an evangelical minister.

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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!

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy 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:

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough - DWTS Week 1
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough debut 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:

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough - DWTS Week 1
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough debut 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!

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy 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?

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy 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 ...

NeNe Leakes
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is headed to 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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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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