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Dancing with the Stars Premieres!

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Dancing is back!

Monday night brought 11 new celebrities to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom to perform the cha cha cha or the Viennese waltz with their pro partners. Pop star Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough took the early lead, earning 25 points out of 30 from the judges. Olympic champion figure skater Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya also did well with 23 points.

On the other end of the spectrum, Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa earned just 14 points. Soap star Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska scored only 15. Reality TV star Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani heard some harsh critiques from the judges (with the exception of Carrie Ann Inaba, who pointed out her lack of training and performance experience but appreciated her vulnerability) and earned 16 points. Lucky for these pairs, the judges’ scores are only part of the equation — America’s votes also count, so we want to know which pair was your favorite. Keep reading to take our poll…

Check out Evan Lysacek’s first DWTS blog post!

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