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"Dancing with the Stars" season 19 kicks off with hits and misses

Season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars" got underway Monday night with some impressive routines, a few flops, an emotional moment and some stumbles.

"We're back in the ballroom," co-host Erin Andrews noted at the start of the show.

"You can count the dimples on this cast. Lots of 'em," said co-host Tom Bergeron as judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and new judge Julianne Hough looked on.

And they didn't waste much time before the competition began.

Antonio Sabato Jr. and pro Cheryl Burke kicked off the night with the cha cha. Tonioli called the actor an "Italian Stallion," but Goodman said he needs to work on his footwork skills. The chemistry was certainly there, but these two need to work a bit harder; they received 25 out of 40 points.

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson are definitely a pair to watch. Their jive earned 36 points -- the highest score of the evening. "What a show," Tonioli sid. "You're the king of the night."

"Back to the Future" star Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev got the second-highest score with 32 out of 40 points. Inaba called their performance one of the best foxtrots she's ever seen on "DWTS."

One of the other big hits of the night featured mixed martial arts star Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff. They walked away with 31 points.

Actress Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy's routine showed that these two definitely have potential. The pair walked away with 29 points.

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Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess attempted the Foxtrot -- and actually did a decent job. Tonioli appreciated Smiley's "joyful side," while Goodman says the PBS host needs to improve his foot moves. They earned 29 points.

The cha cha returned when Olympian Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe stepped into the ballroom. This was not the best performance. Even Jones called it "awful." Eeks. She said she was much better in rehearsal. They only received 22 points.

Designer Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani started off OK, but in the end had a disappointing routine complete with a wardrobe malfunction of sorts involving a feather boa. Their routine only earned 20 points.

NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater performed better than that, earning a total of 25 points.

"Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas danced the cha cha to Katy Perry's "Birthday," landing 34 points.

Comedian Tommy Chong danced to Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot" with pro Peta Murgatroyd. "I thought I liked older men but this is a whole new level because you are extremely sexy," Hough told them. Goodman also enjoyed it. They left with 27 points.

"Mean Girls" actor Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker took on the jive, earning them 30 out of 40 points. Bennett opened up about how his father, who died recently, was a big fan of "DWTS" -- marking an emotional moment in the show. "Ever since he died, I just have felt like the spark inside me is kind of gone," he said during rehearsals. "And now, already, I feel better."

YouTube star Bethany Mota Derek Hough's jive to Taylor Swift's new hit "Shake It Off" earned 32 points. They were praised for the "energetic" routine.

"Dancing with the Stars" returns Tuesday with a live results show at 8 p.m. ET.

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