"Dancing with the Stars" season 17 kicked off on Sept. 16. Easily the best premiere ever, last night's competition proved that everyone came to dance -- well, almost everyone. Judges Bruno, Len, and Carrie Ann gave out some of the highest scores on the premiere ever. Us Weekly had a break down of the show and the best (and worst) performances of the night.
There is always a lot riding on the first dance of the season -- fans want to see who the front runners are and who the not-so-great ones will be. Many people had a feeling that Bill Nye would be pretty bad and they weren't wrong. Nye had fun dancing the cha cha with his partner Tyne Stecklein (a new pro this season) but his scores were the lowest of the night.
"Dancing with the Stars" season 17 had its fair share of "wow" moments as well. Amber Riley topped the leaderboard after her phenomenal performance with Derek Hough. With her "Glee" co-stars in the audience to cheer her on, Riley earned herself three "9's" and a very big applause after her cha cha to a ballroom rendition of "Wings" by Little Mix.
Other memorable performances included Jack Osborne's foxtrot and Corbin Bleu's contemporary. As far as frontrunners, people definitely think that Amber Riley is going to do really well. Also, Leah Remini and Snooki (who is going by Nicole Polizzi) proved that they have staying power.
Each "Dancing with the Stars" season 17 premiere performance had its own spark. Perhaps most memorable was Valerie Harper's foxtrot. At the end, she received a standing ovation and had nearly everyone in the audience crying. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, Harper is putting her heart out there and really enjoying the time she has been allotted.
Take a look at the photos above for a full recap of last night's premiere.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough: 27
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: 24
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: 23
Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber: 23
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: 22
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas: 22
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus: 21
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: 21
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: 18
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess: 17
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein: 14
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