Dancing With the Stars kicks off with a bang

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd have great chemistry.

Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars kicked off this week on Monday, featuring 12 new competitors busting a move for the mirror ball trophy.

It should come as no surprise that the Olympic ice-dancer gold medalist, Charlie White, landed the first episode’s ultra score of 27 out of 30, tying the series record for highest premiere score.

His Olympic partner Meryl Davis, who’s now competing against White, rocked a 24 out of 30.

While a lot of the media has been buzzing about the ice dancing gold medalists stealing the show, don’t dismiss the more glitzy Hollywood celebs, because Full House’s Candace Cameron Bure (who played older sister D.J. Tanner) earned a 25 with her contemporary dance routine.

NeNe Leakes, the fearsome “bronze medalist” coach from Glee, scored a respectable 21 points with a routine that judge Len Goodman called “an all-you-can-eat buffet of fun and entertainment.”

Everyone’s favorite Wonder Years nerdy girl, Danica McKellar, who played Winnie Cooper and also happens to be a real life nerdy New York Times bestselling author of math books, lit up the stage with a passionate 24-point foxtrot.

Then, Nickelodeon fans of Big Time Rush were gushing with joy when boy band heartthrob James Maslow danced a 21-point foxtrot that had judge Carrie Ann Inaba saying, “I’m having a big-time crush on you because you are just so cute.” The results of the votes for who’s staying and who’s leaving will come out on Monday, and this season it’s 100% based on the fans, so be sure to vote for your faves!

Images courtesy of ABC.