By Lisa Stanley

Monday night was the premiere of season 17 of Dancing With The Stars, which kicked off with a bang!

It was Valerie Harper though that wowed the crowed the most. After being diagnosed with brain cancer and told she had three months to live, she miraculously defied the odds and joined the new season of DWTS. Her first dance was a Fox Trot, which needless to say, impressed the audience and the judges.

Judge Bruno exclaimed after her dance, “how can you criticize a national treasure…you are an inspiration to the nation.”

Another stand out of the night was Jack Osbourne, son of the Prince of Darkness himself Ozzy Osbourne, who completed a graceful Fox Trot. Just as graceful as Jack was Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, who had a polished and clean contemporary dance.

But the stand out for me personally, believe it or not, was Nicole “Snookie” Polizzi of the Jersey Shore fame. I thought she did a good cha cha and judge Len agreed.

“A little pocket rocket! It was fast, you worked beautifully,” he said.

The Queen of the dance floor for the show’s debut was Glee star Amber Riley, who was the epitome of sass and class.

Bruno said she is “the tigress of season 17” and she will be a contender for sure.

Scoring the lowest of the night was Bill Nye the Science Guy, who failed to impress the judges with his geek-inspired cha-cha, but he does have a large fan base with the younger audience.

Here are the scores for the night (via CBS News). Next Monday, the first star goes home – who do you think it will be?

Amber Riley and Derek Hough (cha-cha) — 27/30 (9,9,9)

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (contemporary) — 24/30 (8,8,8)

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy (contemporary) — 24/30 (8,8,8)

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber (cha-cha) — 23/30 (8,8,7)

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (foxtrot) — 23/30 (8,8,7)

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd (cha-cha) — 22/30 (7,8,7)

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas (contemporary) — 22/30 (7,7,8)

Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus (foxtrot) — 21/30 (7,7,7)

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani (foxtrot) — 21/30 (7,7,7)

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (foxtrot) — 18/30 (6,6,6)

Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess (cha-cha) — 17/30 (6,5,6)

Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein (cha-cha) — 14/30 (5,4,5)


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