Jaleel White Foxtrots to Top of Dancing With the Stars Leaderboard

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Jaleel White will always be known as his Family Matters alter ego, Steve Urkel, for as long as he lives. This is the price of fame ... and memorably geeky characters.

He did his best to distance himself from Urkel on the Dancing With the Stars Season 14 premiere last night, however, with a foxtrot that earned him a tie for first.

Partnering with Kym Johnson and employing the kind of footwork and hand placements that many pros would envy, Jaleel established himself as an early favorite.

Kym rules, BTW, and gets much of the credit for their opening performance, but White more than held his own, and may be a force to be reckoned with this spring:

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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