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Amy Purdy, Charlie White Excel on Season Premiere of "Dancing with the Stars"

Todd Wawrychuk/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Jason Derulo kicked off the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars Monday night with his hit "Talk Dirty," but the real talk came from an excited judges' panel over the new cast.

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas scored a 25 and Amy Purdy, the double-amputee snowboarding champ, received a standing ovation from the crowd and impressed the judges with a 24.

"I am in shock, I have never seen anything like that...you are beacon of light," said judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess led the way with a 27. Inaba called them "a perfect match."

Billy Dee Williams danced at 77 years young, which impressed Goodman, but fellow judge Bruno Tonioli joked he would never forgive the Star Wars star for betraying Han Solo. Williams and Emma Slater scored the lowest of the night at 15.

Along with a new cast, a big change was Erin Andrews taking over as co-host, replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet. Andrews interviewed the pairs as they exited the dance floor – something that suits the Fox Sports reporter.

Another theme of this season could be budding relationships. There was definite chemistry between Maxsim and Meryl, and Peta and James, who actually admitted that they had gone on a past date. Also, Cody Simpson revealed that his partner Witney Carson's moves were a bit "distracting."

For the full recap, make sure to click here for all the juicy details!

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