dancing with the stars season 18 premiere recap abc 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 premiere: All of the dances and scores“Dancing with the Stars” Season 18 has begun!

Find out all of the scores, dances and highlights of the “DWTS” premiere here — everyone from NeNe Leakes to Cody Simpson is hitting the dance floor on Monday (March 17).

Note: Votes tonight will — when combined with the judges’ scores tonight only — will determine next week’s elimination. The first couple cut will just not know about their elimination until the end of next Monday night.

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the cha-cha-cha to “Give It 2 U” by Robin Thicke

Attitude? Check. Basic dance moves? Check. Really a good start for the season.

Len: “NeNe, I tell you what — that’s the way to get the party started!”
Bruno: “Sister Sassy — that’s my kind of girl!”
Carrie Ann: “You have this incredibly larger-than-life personality, and that shows in the dancing.”

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing the foxtrot to “Story of My Life” by One Direction

Peta and James went on a date one time. No one told her that James would be her partner. They do, in fact, have dancing chemistry.

Len: “It was a little bit messy in places, but you gave it a go — which I always respect.”
Bruno: “I like the fact you put a lot of effort in this dance.”
Carie Ann: “I’m like having a big-time crush on you because you are just so cute.”

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the foxtrot to “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson

Quick — someone check out Danica’s dance background! Because she doesn’t really look like a beginner in this first performance.

Len: “Your holding a little bit tight … but I tell you, you don’t get a second chance at a first impression. And my first impression is, terrific!”
Bruno: “At times, you got so involved you threw away your moves a little bit.” (She didn’t mean to kiss him?)
Carrie Ann: “Your enthusiasm for the dance takes it to a whole other level!”

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing contemporary to “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

Sean certainly has the muscles for contemporary dancing. Charisma might be a different issue — the man has stoic down to an artform.

Len: “I thought the lifts were terrific … It needed a bit more finesse here and there.”
Bruno: “I thought you were going to be a lump of ice. But you’re not.”
Carrie Ann: “I think you’re fascinating to watch.”

Scores: 7+6+7 = 20

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater
Dancing the cha-cha-cha to a “Star Wars” medley

There is an R2-D2 on the stage. Also, Storm Troopers. Honestly, who cares how Billy Dee Williams dances after that? (Hopefully not the judges, because this one isn’t the best.) Emma is totally wearing a Slave Leia costume too.

Ewoks are in the audience. No, “DWTS” never goes overboard. Nope.

Scores: 5+5+5 = 15

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the cha-cha-cha to “All Night” by Icona Pop

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
Dancing contemporary to “Burn” by Ellie Goulding

The dancing while lying horizontal on the floor is a little odd. But not odd in a bad way. Overall, an impressive dance.

Len: “Candace, you can dance. Well done!”
Bruno: “I was torn between ecstasy and torment.”
Carrie Ann: “Where did that come from? You are such an incredible dancer!”

Scores: 9+8+8 = 25

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson
Dancing the cha-cha-cha to “Timber” by Pitbull, featuring Kesha

Yes, he has those boy-band moves. Apparently even solo teen sensations have to learn that stuff. Not sure how much ballroom dancing is sneaking in though.

Len: “You’ve got to get a little more finesse in your dancing.”
Bruno: “You two are like the poster-couple for the energy of youth.”
Carrie Ann: “I feel really old right now … You really have to work on your technique, because your feet are like all over.”

Scores: 7+8+7 = 22

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the foxtrot to “Money (That’s What I Want”) by Barrett Strong

Drew and Cheryl are dressed appropriately for St. Patrick’s Day. They also have a pretty darn good foxtrot. The Monopoly set doesn’t hurt either.

Len: “That was very watchable. I enjoyed it from the first beat.”
Bruno: “You’ve got the style, you’ve got the content, and you did it with your special, personal dance.”
Carrie Ann: “Every season there’s one contestant that just makes everyone smile.”

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Dancing the cha-cha-cha to “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

Let’s just say they’re doing amazing things with prosthetics these days. Whoa. Seriously, if you didn’t notice the prosthetic ankles, you would never notice anything. Needless to say, it’s a good dance.

Len: “You got a bronze medal at the Olympics, you got a gold medal in the cha-cha-cha.”
Bruno: “Timing, shapes, performance level … How do you do it? I’m gobsmacked.”
Carrie Ann: “You are more than a dancer, a contestant on this show — you are like a beacon of light.”

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov
Dancing the foxtrot to “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin

She doesn’t like to wear heels. I knew I liked this woman. Her dancing is pretty nice too, if not as technical as some others.

Len: “It just needs a little bit more finesse, lift your rib cage, get a little bit of fluidity.”
Bruno: “The million-dollar mermaid attempting to dazzle on dry land!”
Carrie Ann: “You were like a slowly opening flower.”

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
Dancing contemporary

Contemporary is a good style for a guy who lifts a partner all the time anyway. Those lifts are pretty incredible here.

Len: “This was a good dance for you … Honestly, it’s like ice-dancing without the ice.”
Bruno: “You’re an artist — the attention to detail in week 1 is incredible.”
Carrie Ann: “You guys are a perfect match.”

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

What did you think of the “DWTS” prem
iere? Who’s your early favorite?

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