Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Episode 1 Recap: It's Back, But is it Better?

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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:

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 ...

  • 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

Well? What did you think of the first week? Who will be sent home quickly and who will go all the way? How is Erin as a co-host compared with Brooke?

Sound off in the comment section, follow the link to watch Dancing With the Stars online at TV Fanatic throughout the year and vote in our survey below:

Who will win Dancing with the Stars Season 18?


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