"Dancing with the Stars" season 18 premiere: Who ruled the ballroom?

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy perform on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," March 17, 2014.  ABC/Adam Taylor

The new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" hit the ballroom Monday night for the show's season-18 premiere, showing off flashy costumes and some fancy footwork.

Many of the stars impressed the judges with their debut efforts, but none more so than Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancer Charlie White. The last dancer of the night to perform, he and partner Sharna Burgess wowed with a contemporary routine that earned them 27 points out of a possible 30, the highest score of the night.

White's ice dancing partner, Meryl Davis, also fared well. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy received 24 points for a cha cha that judge Bruno Tonioli called "fantastic."

Others who earned praise from the judges included "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes, who danced an enthusiastic cha cha with partner Tony Dovolani; "The Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar for her foxtrot with Val Chmerkovskiy; former "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure and partner Mark Ballas, who danced contemporary; and paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, who danced the cha cha on two prosthetic legs with partner Derek Hough.

So, who got the lowest score of the night? That would be actor Billy Dee Williams, for his "Star Wars"-themed cha cha routine danced with partner Emma Slater. Williams, 77, was recognized for his efforts but was only awarded 15 points out of 30.

It was also the debut night for sportscaster Erin Andrews, who made her first appearance as the new "DWTS" co-host alongside Tom Bergeron.

Check out the full list of pairs and their scores below. Those scores from the judges will be combined with viewers' votes, and one pair will be eliminated during next Monday's episode.

Charlie Davis and Sharna Burgess: 27/30

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: 25/30

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24/30

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24/30

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 24/30

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 22/30

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 21/30

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: 21/30

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: 21/30

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff: 20/30

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov: 18/30

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: 15/30

Tell us: Who do you think did the best during Monday's premiere? Any guesses who will be eliminated next week?

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