Dancing With The Stars Season 14

March 20, 2012 by staff 

Dancing With The Stars Season 14, Steamy, stunning, smooth and full of surprises, “Dancing with the Stars” kicked off Season 14 with what the judges called the best premiere night in the show’s history, on Monday.

From the judges – and one professional dancer – who shouted their thanks to ABC for casting a Latin heartthrob, to another celeb whose graceful, opening moves were compared to the late, great Gregory Hines, the Season 14 premiere was filled with headline-making moments.

British opera darling Katherine Jenkins and professional dancer Mark Ballas had been rehearsing for the show in London, but what they brought to the Los Angeles stage was nothing short of show-stopping. And their seemingly effortless foxtrot, full of beauty, left the judges heaping them with praise.

“I think we all thought we were watching like two pros together. You were fabulous. Best first dance on the first episode, ever,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba raved, as the two earned two 9s (from Carrie Ann and Bruno Tonioli) and an 8 (from Len Goodman).

Earning 9s from the judges on a first dance is a rarity in the competition, but another celebrity – Jaleel White – hit the ballroom with such a sparkling foxtrot with partner Kym Johnson, that he too scooped two coveted 9s, and one 8 from Len.

“I thought I was watching the great Gregory Hines and as a compliment, it couldn’t get better,” Bruno said, as Jaleel bowed his head in gratitude.

But while Katherine and Jaleel were delightful and poised, it was two others celebs – and their pros — who managed to raise the temperature in the studio.

Model-turned-actor William Levy, who famously starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in her “I’m Into You” video last year, churned out a cha cha with two-time “DWTS” champ Cheryl Burke that brought the heat.

Show host Tom Bergeron had to wave his arms to quiet down the studio audience, who gave them a lengthy standing ovation, but Carrie Ann went one step further in her own critique.

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