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Dancing With The Stars' youngest ever contestant Zendaya Coleman, 16, takes an early lead as the competition kicks off

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 05:48, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:23, 19 March 2013

At a tender 16, Zendaya Coleman is the youngest contestant in the history of Dancing With The Stars.

But the Disney star sent a clear warning to the other 11 competitors in the latest season of the hit TV dance show that she is not to be taken lightly.

Her amazing contemporary dance on the opening night of season 16 had the biggest audience reaction - and made her a clear early favorite with the judges who put her at the top of the leader board.

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Setting the bar high: Zendaya Coleman topped the leaderboard in the premiere episode of Dancing With The Stars on Monday

'Three words I thought I would never say in week one - that was great,' dance veteran Len Goodman told the Shake It Up star who was wearing a tight blue bodice with yellow flower-patterned skirt.

Fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba told her: 'That was amazing, beautiful. You are a fantastic dancer with a maturity that is unexpected for a 16 year old. I love the passion. Way to go - way to shake it up.'


Making history: At aged 16 the Shake It Up star is the youngest contestant to ever compete in the show

All three judges gave her 8s - the only 8s of the night. 'Sweet 16 and superb debut,' Bruno Tonioli told her. 'I can't wait to see you in other dances. It's so inspiring to see a young girl doing so well.'

Zendaya admitted to having a background in hip hop dance, and she also has another advantage - being partnered with fan favorite Val Chmerkovskiy, who wore yellow sneakers to match her skirt.

As they were introduced, Val told her she was 'very beautiful' - quickly adding 'I take that back!' when she told him she was only 16.


They make a good team: Zendaya was partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy and the pair performed a contemporary dance

He admitted that a challenge will be walking a fine line with respecting her young age and injecting the sort of passion that usually wins the show.

'It needs to be in good taste, but I am not going to sacrifice the passion in it just because she's 16,' Val said.

Host Tom Bergeron admitted her age could be a key point in the season, saying: 'This promises to be the season where youth meets experience.'

Zendaya as the youngest contestant was not the only record for the opening night of season 16 - it was also the first time a dog has been involved.

Reality star TV star Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is so attached to her dog Giggly she brought him out for the opening of her routine - wearing a tux and pink bow tie to match her pink dress.


Thrilled: Zendaya was delighted when the judges awarded her with eight points apiece


She means business: The Disney starlet, who has trained in hip hop dancing, is determined to be taken seriously despite her young age

But sadly rumours he would dance proved false as Lisa instead handed him off to an assistant - who brought him straight back to her after judging.

'I think Giggy deserves a 10 though because he was so cute,' Lisa said proudly after her foxtrot that failed to win over the judges, getting her 18 points out of a possible 30.

Carrie Ann said her dance was 'very nice and easy on the eyes', but Len warned her: 'It was acceptable, but it wasn't exceptional.'

But she also has a secret weapon - partner Gleb Savchenko who is new to the show but, judging by the fans' reaction, already in the running for the status of the show's biggest hunk.

And he is not afraid to use it, admitting his tactic for the season is 'to take off my shirt and bring the sexy back'.

'After 30 years of marriage, I think she deserves that,' he says of Lisa, who had already admitted that the intimacy in rehearsals felt strange given her long marriage to Ken Todd.


A strong performance: Figure skater Dorothy Hamill made an impression and scored 21 out of 30 possible points


Touching: The athlete told her moving story of surviving breast cancer after she was diagnosed five years ago

Having admitted Gleb is a 'gorgeous, hot, hunky man' she joked at one point that 'the last time  did this was on my honeymoon!' and added: 'I feel like this is kind like an arranged marriage.'

'Sometimes it feels like I'm being unfaithful,' she said as they jokingly grabbed each other in rehearsals. 'No, Ken doesn't have anything to worry about. I don't think.'

Even though it was opening night, the show had almost lost its first competitor already - with teary eyed comedian Andy Dick admitting he 'hit a breaking point and wanted to quit' during rehearsals.

But he had also seemed the most determined, aware that he was lucky to be thee at all after almost throwing away his life with hard living.

'My drinking and drug abuse got out of control and I lost everything. It's been a bad couple of decades,' he said. 'I'm currently sober and working hard at it.'

He admitted to partner Sharna Burgess: 'This is the biggest opportunity I've ever had, and it's undeserved. I've screwed up so many times. I mean how many chances can a guy have? And this is the biggest one.'


Not quite comedy gold: Andy Dick's performance divided the judging panel


Tough time: Andy, a comedian, was struggling during rehearsals as he attempts to have a career comeback

Because of it, he told Sharna: 'I'm your b***h. I will do whatever you say. I've acted like a dog most of my life.'

Coming out to his foxtrot wearing a top hat and tails and carrying a cane, he left a large impression on the judges - not necessarily a favorable one.

'A foxtrot has to have fluidity - this had the fluidity of Robocop,' Len told him. 'It's the truth.'


Breaking down: A tearful Andy considered quitting but partner Sharna Burgess spurred him on

But Bruno insisted he liked the craziness of the performance. 'It was like watching Woody Allen doing the foxtrot! It had this skittish charm - I like the slightly deranged side to it,' he insisted. 'I really enjoyed it in a crazy way.'

After his performance, host Brooke Burke asked if he was worried about the 'pressure' of the show given that he was a recurring addict.

'OK so you went there,' Andy sighed, insisting audiences would only see him do 'the fox crawl' if he started drinking again.


Foxtrot: Lisa Vanderpump scored a mediocre 18 points for her dance with Gleb Savchenko

Also feeling blessed to be there at all was figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill, winner of the gold at the 1976 Winter Olympics, who was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

She said the emotion of being on the show was particularly great because watching fellow figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi when she was on the show had been a crutch for her during her recovery.

'When I was recovering Kristi Yamaguchi was performing. Following her and watching her was the perfect thing for me at the time,' she said, saying it was a 'dream come true' to finally be on the show herself.


Mixed recption: Carrie Ann said her dance was 'very nice and easy on the eyes', but Len warned her: 'It was acceptable, but it wasn't exceptional'

'It was sort of my reason to be going from week to week to watch her. She really did inspire me.'

Dancing a contemporary routine with partner Tristan MacManus she won over the judges, getting the second highest score of the night with 21.

'For me that dance should be designated an area of outstanding beauty,' Len told her. 'Such a beautiful dance.'


Dressed to impress: Lisa's beloved dog Giggy featured in her dance, and was dressed in a tuxedo with a bow tie to match her dress


Great chemistry: Things got a little steamy between married Lisa and her hunky partner in rehearsals

Bruno added: 'The ice queen will melt my heart any time with performances like that. Really, really good.'

And Carrie Ann said: 'You're already a winner in so many ways. And that performance was just golden. What a beautiful performance - heartfelt.'

Equalling her second place score of 21 was another Olympic star, gymnast Aly Raisman who won gold at last year's Olympics.

Wearing a pink dress showing off her curves and matching partner Mark Ballas's shirt, Len loved the 'vitality' of their cha cha cha while Bruno said: 'Ooh la la la where is that sexy thing coming from? I can tell you are waiting to burst out. You can shake it like the best!'

Another to get 21, and opening the show, was country star Kellie Pickler, partnered with Derek Hough who joked that they had the same haircut. Although new to dancing, she at least has experience with reality TV competitions.

'American Idol changed my whole world,' she said. 'I literally went from rolling, skating burgers out of a fast food restaurant to performing in front of millions and millions of people.'


Making her mark: Kellie Pickler opened the show and made for a sexy sight in a backless silver dress


Off to a good start: The country singer and former American Idol contestant scored 21

She admitted her competitive spirit was very much alive. 'I really want to push myself and win that shiny ball,' she said. 'My goal is to take that thing back to Nashville.'

Dancing cha cha cha, with Kellie in an incredibly skimpy silver dress completely cut away at the back, they got all 7s for 21.

Len said: 'Yum yum, pigs bum, that was fun,' Len told her. 'Great start to season 16.'

Carrie Ann added: 'I think you got sass and I think you got class. Well done.'

By far the biggest flop of the night was comedian D.L. Hughley, whose cha cha cha with Cheryl Burke got all 4s for a lowly 12 points out of 30.

Bruno told him he had 'terminated the cha cha cha' while Carrie Ann warned: 'That was y-y-y-y-yikes. You've got to go back and practice harder. Go back the drawing board.'


Another firm favourite: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman also was awarded with 21 points from the judges


She's got rhythm: Aly impressed the judges with her hip movements as she danced the cha cha cha with Mark Ballas

Len agreed, telling him: 'This was rough. You've got to work your butt off I'm telling you - because this was no good.'

'I haven't danced in 30 years so that's the equivalent of bullying a second grader,' D. L. joked about the judges' harsh comments.

'But you know, were I'm from you want the judges to give you as low a number as possible,' he added, joking about his tough upbringing as a gang member in L.A. 'Only people in Inglewood got that.' 


Hitting a low note: D.L. Hughley scored just 12 points out of a possible 30 for his cha cha cha after scoring four points from each judge

American football star Jacoby Jones had looked set to join the girls in second place with all 7s - until Len turned on his cha cha cha.

'It was all icing and no cake,' he complained of the dance the other two judges loved. 'It was all performance driven - the technique was terrible.'

But the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens wide receiver's upbeat performance was all the more amazing because knee surgery meant he missed most of the rehearsals, having to just watch partner Karina Smirnoff demonstrate the moves.


That won't help you now: The funnyman's jokes failed to help him win favour with the judging panel

'Jacoby, you got the moves man! I love it!' Carrie Ann gushed as she fanned herself. 'You definitely have the moves. It was kind of like a big old medley of touchdown dances.'

Bruno added: 'I think you have the potential to become the Season 16 steaming sex machine! You can grind it as well as I've seen people grind it in 16 seasons.'

Earlier, Jacoby's mother insisted he was a natural. 'Jacoby got his dance skills in his blood - he got them from his mother, of course!' she laughed.

He also made it very clear that the competitive spirit that helps him rule the American football field is very much alive on the dancefloor.

'I'm here to win it - it's a competition and my eye's on the trophy,' he said.

Another sportsman, boxing champ Victor Ortiz, failed to deliver a knockout with his foxtrot with DWTS newcomer Lindsay Arnold getting just 6s for a total of 18.


A for effort: The dance floor was made to look like a giant pinball game for Bachelor Sean Lowe's dance


His biggest cheerleader: Sean's fiancee Catherine Giudici was egging him on from the front row

'I thought at first being a boxer would give me some kind of edge - but I was way wrong,' Ortiz admitted. 'Boxing and dancing have absolutely nothing in common.'

However there was promise as Bruno praised his 'wonderful combination of boyish charm and Latino passion', adding: 'For a heavy hitter you're surprisingly light footed.'

Carrie Ann also praised 'seeing this charming and debonair and tender side of you', adding: 'You sparkle!'

But Len said the performance was 'a little uneventful', telling him: 'You come back and really knock my socks off.'

Len was also the biggest critic for General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher and his contemporary dance to Coldplay's Yellow with partner Kym Johnson.

While Bruno compared him to 'watching Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook' and Carrie Ann said it was 'very raw, very passionate', Len insisted he was 'not convinced about that performance at all'.


Living up to her promise: Country star Wynonna Judd had vowed that she would shake her 'money maker' when she got on stage


A winning personality: The judges seemed to love Wynonna, even though she wasn't the best dancer, because of her charming nature

'Kim your feet with in the air more than they were on the floor,' he complained, giving a 6 to the other judges' 7s. 'OK, you can do lifts - I want you to show me dance.'

The new season is also welcome relief for fans of The Bachelor Sean Lowe - who had to wait just a week after his show ended to see him onscreen again.

Sean, who proposed to Catherine Giudici at the end of The Bachelor, insists that is his motivation for joining the dance show.

'With a wedding in my future I want to learn to dance so I don't embarrass my future wife Catherine on our first dance,' he said.

'I don't know if I would say I was a natural dancer. But what I lack in raw talent I will make up for in dedication and I hope I make Catherine proud.'

But it also puts him in the intimate position of rehearsing and performing with partner Peta Murgatroyd.


Heartthrob: The female audience members certainly seemed to enjoy General Hospital's Ingo Rademacher


'Not convinced': Len Goodman thought Ingo was hiding behind lifts and wanted to see if he can really dance

'So you found the love of your life - and now you are in the arms of another woman,' host Brooke teased him.

'It feels a bit awkward. But luckily my fiancée understands, it's just dancing,' Sean said, as Catherine watched on in the crowd.

Wearing a red sequined jacket he came out on a set made to look like a giant pinball machine and got a respectable 19.

Bruno called him 'hunky and chunky and very masculine', adding: 'For a dance virgin you have a very effective pelvic thrust. It was like a Chippendales version of a ballroom dance.'

However he told him he needs 'finesse', adding: 'But some people like it rough.

'I liked it rough,' Carrie Ann immediately replied. 'And I don't think I'm alone. 'I bet you are going to go far,' she told him.


A bone to pick: Len ruled that Jacoby Jones' cha cha cha was 'all icing and no cake'


Pushing through the pain: The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver had to miss most of rehearsals due to knee surgery

Country legend Wynonna Judd was supported by her family he held hands and looked terrified in the audience.

'I think you're mum was more nervous than you were tonight,' Brooke told her of Naomi Judd's terrified looking face.

But the proud mum had the audience laughing as she repeatedly begged them to call and vote, leaving Wynonna saying: 'I never think you outgrow your need for your mother.'

She said appearing on the show is the first thing she has done for herself since new husband Cactus lost his leg in a terrible accident.

'Our lives changed forever,' she said. 'For seven months now I've been caring for my husband. I feel insecure about my dancing. But I am going to shake my money-maker.'


No knockout here: Boxer Victor Ortiz didn't quite manage to wow and landed a score of 16


Good sport: Victor, paired with new professional, 19-year-old Lindsay Arnold, kept in good spirits

Wearing a black dress, she danced a cha cha cha with Tony Dovolani and got all 6s for a total of 18.

'I thought she was working it,' Carrie Ann said, insisting that she 'can give a little more'. 'You've got it honey!' she insisted.

Bruno, sensing her nerves, told Wynonna: 'Darling, the worst is over. We all love a giver and I know you can give plenty. Go for it!'

Len did not save all his opening night quips for the contestants.

Congratulated on his recent wedding, he joked: 'Three months - and people said it wouldn't last.'

Fans have to wait for next week to see who is first voted off the show.


Not holding back: Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli delivered some harsh comments - and some kind ones


Waiting game: Voting lines are open but the first contestant won't be eliminated until next week

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