‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 18 Premiere: Top 10 Highlights & Recap

Tonight was the season 18 premiere of Dancing With the Stars and it was everything you could possibly hope for … Read on for all the facts on the new contestants, a rivalry between two of the celebrities, inspirational moments, new cast members, and more.

1. Jason Derulo Kicked Off the Season With a Performance

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Jason Derulo not only performed his hit “Talk Dirty,” he actually did some ballroom dancing with the professionals as well. Then, of course, he went into his traditional hip-hop moves that killed it on the dance floor. It was a seriously awesome performance … probably the best one the show has ever had. And, on an interesting note, the dance was choreographed by Mandy Moore.

2. Maks Is Back

Maks is back on the show and he’s paired with Olympic skater Meryl Davis … and they’re both very happy about the match. Meryl thinks Maks is sexy and Maks just wanted to make sure she wasn’t dating her skating partner Charlie. Don’t worry, boys. She isn’t. Clearly, Meryl has an advantage, as does her figure skating partner Charlie White and it definitely showed when she and Maks gave their performance. Check it out below:

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3. New Co-Host Erin Andrews Was Introduced

After Jason Derulo’s performance, new co-host and past contestant Erin Andrews was introduced. In addition, the new musical band and contestants came out to make their debut.

4. Nene Was the First Contestant to Hit the Floor

Nene said that having fun and showing personality is what’s most important to her. Her partner Tony Dovolani says he definitely wants to showcase her. Dancing the Cha Cha Cha, Nene brought smiles and fire to her performance. The woman definitely has rhythm and attitude and it was clear that the audience was enjoying watching her.

5. Peta Murgatroyd Once Dated James Maslow

Peta and James reportedly once went on a date and then James Maslow went away on tour. James says that he would definitely take Peta on another date, but Peta felt a bit awkward seeing him. She even said that he could have called her to warn her that he was going to be her partner. The two have highly visible chemistry and they carried it into their dance of the Fox Trot on tonight’s show.

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