For his first dance on “Dancing With the Stars,” Jaleel White had us swooning in the aisles over his foxtrot with partner Kym Johnson. Yes, that’s right – no Steve Urkel here. This was all Stefan Urquelle. 

Both Carrie Ann and Bruno compared Jaleel to legendary actor/dancer Gregory Hines, as Carrie Ann said it felt like she was watching “White Nights” and Bruno just straight-up name-dropped Hines, saying he could not pay Jaleel a higher compliment. Len was similarly complimentary, then dubbed this the best first episode of any season they’ve ever done.

Jaleel and Kym received a 26 from the judges, tying the highest score for a first episode (set just moments earlier by Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas) with 9s from Carrie and Bruno and an 8 from Len. What do you think, fans? Will you be voting for Jaleel?

Oh, and if you can’t get enough of Jaleel White this week, he’s guest-starring on “Psych” Wednesday night, reprising his role of Tony in Blackapella.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."