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Ep1801 Week 1: Spring 2014 Season Premiere

03/17/14 Season 18 TV-PG L

Dancing with the Stars is back, and for the first time ever the show premieres with a massive opening number featuring all pro dancers as they perform live to musical guest Jason Derulo's mega hit song “Talk Dirty,” marking the first time ever a musical guest has accompanied a season’s opening number. Each couple must then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote.

WEEK 1 SCORES:

 

Carrie Ann

Len

Bruno

Total

NeNe & Tony

 7

7

7

21

James & Peta

 7

7

7

21

Danica & Valentin

 8

8

8

24

Sean & Karina

 7

6

7

20

Billy Dee & Emma

 5

5

5

15

Meryl & Maksim

 8

8

8

24

Candace & Mark

 9

8

8

25

Cody & Witney

 7

7

8

22

Drew & Cheryl

 7

7

7

21

Amy & Derek

 8

8

8

24

Diana & Henry

 6

6

6

18

Charlie & Sharna

 9

9

9

27

 

• The Season 18 premiere kicks off with Jason Derulo performing, Season 10 finalist Erin Andrews making her hosting debut with Tom Bergeron, and a new house band led by composer and music director Ray Chew.

• Real Housewife NeNe Leakes dances a Cha Cha with Tony Dovolani that has Len Goodman praising it as an "all-you-can-eat buffet of fun." The couple scores 7s across the board for a 21 total.

• Big Time Rush band member James Maslow reunites with pro Peta Murgatroyd (It turns out they've gone out to dinner but then he went on tour and never called her back. She insists they're just "friends."). Their Foxtrot earns them three 7s for a total of 21.

• Best known as Winnie Cooper from TV's The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar hopes the show will take her on a journey to find her "womanliness." With partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, she dances a Foxtrot that scores them a 24 total.

• Former hockey pro Sean Avery performs a Contemporary dance with Karina Smirnoff, and Carrie Ann Inaba declares him "fascinating" to watch. Sean tells Erin that Footloose was his favorite movie growing up, but the film fails to elevate his dancing beyond a total score of 20.

Star Wars star Billy Dee Williams, decked out in a Lando Calrissian-inspired outfit, Cha-Chas to the Star Wars theme with Emma Slater (dressed as Princess Leia) alongside R2-D2 and Stormtroopers while Ewoks cheer them on. The Force was not with him when the judges score him three 5s for the night's low of a 15 total.

• Fresh from her Gold Medal win in the 2014 Winter Olympics, Meryl Davis starts her routine with Olympic partner Charlie White (who's also a DWTS competitor) before pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy whisks her away for a Cha Cha worthy of a 24 total.

• Former child star Candace Cameron Bure, who played D.J. Tanner in Full House, partners with Mark Ballas in a performance that has them lying on the floor maneuvering in a dance that's flat-out Contemporary. The team scores an impressive 25.

• Australian pop idol Cody Simpson and first-time pro Witney Carson debut with a Cha Cha (and "charisma by the truckload" according to Len) that earns the pair a 22 total.
 
• Performing a Monopoly-themed Foxtrot (complete with game board and colorful currency), Drew Carey proves that even though most of his career has been "free-form," he can follow Cheryl Burke's choreography. The slimmed-down star (Drew has lost 80 pounds!) racks up three 7s for a 21 total.

• Snowboarder and double amputee Amy Purdy, who just won the Bronze three days prior in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, dances a Cha Cha with Derek Hough that moves Carrie Ann to tears (she hails Amy as a "beacon of light"). The teams racks up a 24 total.

Diana Nyad, the first person ever to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys, believes in her swimming mantra of "find a way," and she gracefully finds her way on the dance floor performing the Foxtrot with new pro Henry Byalikov. "The Million-Dollar Mermaid," as Bruno Tonioli calls her, scores three 6s for an 18 total.

• Meryl Davis's Gold Medal-winning ice dancing partner Charlie White teams with Sharna Burgess for a moving Contemporary dance that earns them straight 9s for the highest score of the night of 27.

• The night ends with Tom and Erin revealing that, for Week 2, the couples must rehearse the dance that the star is most looking forward to learning. It's surprising news since the stars' picks aren't necessarily the dances that the pros were planning. And this is just the first of many surprises in store for an unpredictable Season 18!

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