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Recap: 'Dancing With The Stars' Week One, Charlie White Scores Big!

March 18th, 2014 1:18pm EDT

Recap: 'Dancing With The Stars' Week One, Charlie White Scores B Monday night's premiere episode of "Dancing with the Stars" season 18 was full of surprises. From a couple who once dated to a former movie star whose two hip replacements didn't stop them from laying it all on the floor, this season proves to be one big surprise after another. The evening's highest scorer, Olympian Charlie White, gained the highest of the debut performances and surprised everyone as he translated the grace he holds on the ice to the DWTS boards.
New Dance Round:
Ne Ne Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Dance: Cha-Cha
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
Ne Ne and Tony started the dance with Ne Ne's signature sass, and moved into a cha-cha that was heavy on sexy moves and middle-of-the-road on technique. What Ne Ne lacked in skill she more than made up for in sass, prompting grumpy judge Len to say, "Well done" and Bruno to remark, "You are sister sassy!"

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Foxtrot
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
It wasn't James and Peta's first dance that captivated viewers as much as the story prior to their first dance. It seems that James and Peta briefly dated back in February of this year and then James went on an overseas tour with his band, "Big Time Rush." Peta had not heard from him since and was shocked when she saw him enter the rehearsal space for the first time, Her reply, "You could have texted me." Nonetheless, you can clearly see the chemistry between these two as they dance. Said Carrie Ann, "I am having a big time crush on you!"

Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkoviskiy
Dance: Foxtrot
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Long-time fan of the show Danica couldn't wait to work with Val, who has a long-time reputation as a smart-alec. Their foxtrot was above-average for a first time out, and Danica did a good job reigning Val in and allowing herself to shine rather than to let Val overshadow us, as he has a tendency to do with his partners. The end of their dance was lip-smacking, as Danica planted one on Bruno, to which he remarked, "You're a good kisser!"

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Contemporary
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
The bad boy of the New York Rangers had best watch his step with Karina, who has a tendency to come off sweet, but is all business in the ballroom. Smirnoff and Avery seemed to get along well together, as Avery has a smart mouth and Karina can rein him in to work when is needed. Their contemporary dance was full of strong lifts, allowing Carrie Ann to state, "I am fascinated by you" to Avery.

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater
Dance: Cha-Cha
Scores: 5, 5, 5 = 15
After two hip replacement surgeries and his age (he's 77!) Billy Dee seems to have the cards stacked against him. Still although his cha-cha was simplistic, the twosome pulled out all the bells and whistles that accompany Billy Dee's long career to flesh out their first time on the floor. Billy Dee played Lando Calrissian in the "Star Wars" series, so the requisite appearances by Storm Troopers, R2D2 and even Ewoks were thrown in for good measure. The judges were kind and attempted to be encouraging, but Billy Dee looked dejected at his first outing. Said Carrie Ann, ""I want Darth Vader!"

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkoviskiy
Dance: Cha-Cha
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
“I love you, and I would love to marry you, but I need to know if you and Charlie are not dating first,” Maks said in a taped bit from when he and Meryl first met. After the initial gushing on his part, something you don't see very often, the two got down to the business of trying to find a middle ground to their dance routine. Their dance was fluid and entertaining, prompting Len to exclaim uncharacteristically, “You’re nice on ice, but you’re good on wood.”

Candace Cameron-Bure and Mark Ballas
Dance: Contemporary
Scores: 9, 8, 8 = 25
Right off the bat, Candace let Mark know just how far she would go to win the competition. "I want to win, but I am not the sexy girl, I am more on the modest end. I'm a mom of three!" Ballas took her words to heart, choreographing a remarkable contemporary routine that focused more on form than flash. Even Cameron-Bure was surprised at how well she fared when Len told her, "You can dance!" Carrie Ann exclaimed, "Where did that come from? You are such an incredible dancer!"

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson
Dance: Cha-Cha
Scores: 7, 7, 8 = 22
Cody and Witney's cha-cha was slick on current hip-hop moves, but when it came to actual cha-cha moves, Cody lacked the style the judges were looking for. What was more entertaining was to watch these two young talents try not to be enamored of each other, with both Cody and Witney continually bringing his girlfriend into the conversation. Cody did mention that Witney's hips were "distracting." Said Bruno, "That was cool and spunky!"

Drew
Carey and Cheryl Burke
Dance: Fox Trot
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
Playing off the fact that Drew is a game show host as well as a comedic actor, the two danced to a holographic Monopoly board and paid homage to that with Carey's tux and top hat. Carey's dance was quick and high on technique, but it was his charisma that truly scored big praise from the judges. Stated Carrie Ann, "You make everyone smile!"

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Dance: Fox Trot
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
The fact that Amy Purdy made it to dance on the premier night of the show was amazing at all! She was in Sochi competing in the Paralympics just 72 hours earlier, taking home a bronze medal. Yet, despite being jet-lagged, Purdy delivered a Fox Trot that was technically superior to the others of the evening, amazing because she has two prosthetic legs. Purdy's dance was so wonderful that Bruno exclaimed, "You are "wonder woman, I am gob-smacked!"

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov
Dance: Fox Trot
Scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18
Known for her historic swim from Cuba to Florida, a feat that took five attempts before she finally made the crossing; Diana, after finding the dance experience uncomfortable tostart, took to it better than she expected. Nyad's Fox Trot was light and sweet and although she made several mistakes, she smiled throughout. Said Bruno, "You are attempting to dazzle on dry land."

Charlie White and Shauna Burgess
Dance: Contemporary
Scores: 9, 9, 9 = 27
Fresh from Olympic gold, Charlie White still had a winning streak in him when he delivered an almost flawless Contemporary routine. Showing superior upper body strength, White appeared to dance effortlessly with partner Burgess, prompting Carrie Ann to call it, "poetry in motion."

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