"Dancing with the Stars" -- The Three Must-See Performances from the Premiere! With Winnie Cooper, Ewoks in the audience and an impressive double amputee dancer, Season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars" got off to a great start! Last night's premiere gave the latest contestants their first chance to make a lasting impression -- and there were three performances that really stood out above the rest. While they're not necessarily the highest scorers of the night (Billy Dee Williams, we're looking at you!), they definitely all upped their game with some serious showmanship. Here are our favorite moments below:
1.) Winnie Cooper Sizzles! Break out all your "Wonder"-ful puns, because "The Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar did a great job for her debut dance. Performing a foxtrot with Val Chmerkovskiy, the child star-turned-math genius looked sexy and confident in a dress that showed off her killer legs and amazing physique. The judges clearly liked her too, giving her 8s across the board for a combined score of 24, the 3rd highest of the night.
2.) Prosthetic Legs Don't Slow This One Down Amy Purdy is the first Paralympian to compete on the show -- and she nailed her first dance with Derek Hough. Purdy, a U.S. Paralympic Team Snowboarder, has two prosthetic legs after losing them to bactreial meningitis at age 19. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was "in shock" after her performance, calling her a "beacon of light" after doing the Cha Cha. Like Danica, Amy also scored a 24 from the judging panel.
3.) "Star Wars" Invades "Dancing with the Stars" "Dancing with the Stars" was transported to a galaxy far, far away when Billy Dee Williams hit the stage. While he definitely wasn't the most accomplished dancer, the theatrics were pretty impressive. Clad in his Lando Calrissian costume and surrounded by Stormtroopers, R2-D2 and partner Emma Slater dressed as slave Princess Leia, this was a major geek moment. And there were even Ewoks in the audience cheering him on! Poor Billy got the lowest score of the night though for his stiff movements, getting a measly 15 from the judges. Do you have an early favorite this season? See the rest of the scores below.
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess, 27 (tying the highest debut score ever!)
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, 25
Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy, 24
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 24
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough, 24
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd, 21
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani, 21
Sean Avery & Karina Smirniff, 20
Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov,
18 Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater, 15