‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Olympians Charlie White & Meryl Davis wow

The 18th season of “Dancing With the Stars” kicked off Monday night, with a dozen stars strutting their stuff. Five of them took a chance on the cha-cha-cha, four flew across the floor with the foxtrot and three threw their all into a contemporary dance. 

All 12 celebrities will return next week to perform a second time. Their two sets of scores from the judges combined with the votes from the public will determine who gets kicked off on March 24.

Be sure to make your predictions as to who that will be, as well as the ultimate champ and both the high and low scorers of Week Two here. The winner earns bragging rights as well as a $100 Amazon gift certificate. 

Below, read a recap of each performance, including the professional partner, the style of dance, the song, and the judges scores (listed in order given by Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli respectively.)

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Charlie White/Sharna Burgess
Contemporary: “Let it Go” by Passenger
Scores:  9, 9, 9 = 27
This Olympic ice dance champ gave the final performance of the evening and was easily the best of the bunch, earning the top scores from the judges.  

Candace Cameron Bure/Mark Ballas
Contemporary: “Burn” by Elle Goulding
Scores: 9, 8, 8 = 25
So much for this former “Full House” star’s talk of being “modest” as her costume showed off her gams and she wowed the judges with her skill and flair. 

Meryl Davis/Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Cha-cha-cha: “All Night” by Icona Pop
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Not surprisingly, White’s ice dance partner was a natural on the floor and she had the crowd and judges roaring with approval. 

Danica McKellar/Val Chmerkovskiy
Foxtrot: “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
This one-time “Wonder Years” star has turned to teaching in recent years but proved to be a fast learner. She was first to do the foxtrot and delivered a high energy performance that earned her good grades from the judges.  

Amy Purdy/ Derek Hough
Cha-cha-cha: “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic
Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Having two prostethic legs didn’t keep this Paralympian snowboarder from flying across the floor. Her tenacity and talent combined to earn her eights from all three judges. 

Cody Simpson/Witney Carson
Cha-cha-cha: “Timber” by Pitbull f/ Kesha
Scores: 7, 7, 8 = 22
This singer still needs to work on his dance moves and disappointed. His charm overcame his techical flubs but he will have to channel all of his energy into more practices. 

NeNe Leakes/Tony Dovolani
Cha-cha-cha: “Give It 2 U” by Robin Thicke f/ Kendrick Lamar
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
This reality TV star (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”) was the first to take to the stage. She made up for her so-so technique with a lot of style and impressed the judges with her sass and flair. 

Drew Carey/Cheryl Burke
Foxtrot: “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
The “Price is Right” host came up short with his first dance but his funny man ways overcame his many missteps. 

James Maslow/Peta Murgatroyd
Foxtrot: “Story of My Life” by One Direction
Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21
How appropriate that this star of one boy band, Big Time Rush, performed to a hit tune from another. Paired with a former paramour, he generated sparks with his partner but fizzled on the floor. 

Sean Avery/Karina Smirnoff
Contemporary: “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
Scores: 7, 6, 7 = 20
This former NHL player proved to be a powerhouse when it came to lifting and carrying his partner but the dance steps in between were weak. 

Diana Nyad/Henry Byalikov
Foxtrot: “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
Scores:, 6, 6, 6 = 18
This long distance swimmer played up the aquatic theme throughout but was a washout with the judges. 

Billy Dee Williams/Emma Slater
Cha-cha-cha: “Star Wars Theme” by Meco
Scores: 5, 5, 5 = 15
Not even the Force can save this actor who, at 77, is the oldest in the competition. While he generated sympathy with talk of his arthritis and two hip replacements, his slow-paced routine — complete with a cameo by R2D2 — has him heading for the Death Star of elimination. 

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