Dancing With the Stars Season 17 Premiere: Best and Worst Performances
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Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars Season 17 Premiere: Best and Worst Performances

Dancing With the Stars Season 17 kicked off the season right last night, September 16, with a series of high-scoring performances that felt more like something we should see in Week 3 or 4 than the premiere.

Yes, the judges were a little paddle-happy with all those 8s and 9s (seriously, how is anyone supposed to show growth when they start off with 9s?!), but there's no denying that there was some seriously good dancing action in the ballroom. But who started off on top, and who needs to struggle to catch up? Here are Wetpaint Entertainment's picks for best and worst of the night.

Best: Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Cha-Cha-Cha

Did this dance deserve straight 9s? Nah. But then, a lot of the other dances didn't deserve the 8s they got, so the judges didn't have much of a choice. There's no question that Amber has the goods to go far, and this was our favorite dance of the night. She's fun, she's sharp, and with Derek as a coach, she's going to be killer by the end of the season.

Score: 27/30

Honorable Mention: Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus, Foxtrot

This dance is here because of our tears, tears everywhere. Triumph of the human spirit, y'all. That counts for a lot. Also, for a 74-year-old, Valerie can move.

Score: 21/30

Honorable Mention: Snooki and Sasha Farber, Cha-Cha-Cha

Was this Cha-Cha-Cha as technically strong as some of the higher scoring Contemporary dances last night? No. But let's be real: When it comes to Week 1 Contemporary, Zendaya totally spoiled us last season, so the Contemporary dances this week didn't impress as much as they should have. This performance, on the other hand, was totally fun. Team Snooki? Yeah, we can get on board.

Score: 23/30

Worst: Bill Nye the Science Guy and Tyne Stecklein, Cha-Cha-Cha

Oh, Bill Nye. You were an essential part of our childhood, and we love you, but the judges called it right this week: This dance did not impress.

Score: 14/30

Dishonorable Mention: Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess, Cha-Cha-Cha

It kills us to say this because we adore Sharna Burgess and were really looking forward to seeing her with an athlete, but Keyshawn didn't work for us this week — mostly because of his posture. But the good news is he did show potential, and athletes are normally competitive and dedicated enough to improve a lot, so we still have high hopes.

Score: 17/30

Who were your favorite and least favorites of the night? Let us know in the comments below.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!