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    Posted: 18 Mar 2014 at 09:51

'It's Winnie Cooper versus DJ Tanner!' Former child stars Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar take their rivalry to the dance floor as DWTS begins

By Juliet Paylor and Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 06:23, 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 07:09, 18 March 2014

It's the rivalry that's been more than 20 years in the making.

And as the celebrities took to the dance floor on Monday night for the season 18 premiere of Dancing With The Stars, all eyes were on former child stars Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar as they did battle for bragging rights.

Candace, who is best known to fans as DJ Tanner in Full House, and Danica, who played The Wonder Years' Winnie Cooper, went head-to-head in two very different dance styles - with Candace taking on contemporary while her competitor was given the foxtrot.


'It's Winnie Cooper versus DJ Tanner!' Former child stars Danica McKellar (left) and Candace Cameron Bure took their long-held rivalry to the dance floor on Monday night as they competed for the first time during the 18th season of Dancing With The Stars


‘I got dumped, because he wanted to go out with Danica!’ When the two women met during rehearsals, it came to light that their rivalry extended to love, too, with Candace revealing actor Jeremy Miller had broken up with her to take up with Danica back in the day

And it turns out Candace has every reason to be competitive with her fellow actress, with 37-year-old blonde revealing she was once dumped by a boy in favour of the pretty brunette.

Getting together along with their professional partners for a face-to-face meeting, Candace, who is partnered with Mark Ballas, revealed to Danica and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, their love rivalry.

'I remember the phone call I got from Jeremy Miller saying, “Um, we’re breaking up, because I have a new girlfriend - and her name is Danica”,’ Candace told the 39-year-old, later adding on camera: ‘I got dumped, because he wanted to go out with Danica!’

Leaving their past behind them, the ladies actually seemed to get on pretty well, cheering each other on as they took their turns to perform.


Foxy lady! Danica and partner Val Chmerkovskiy impressed with their foxtrot, which landed them in joint third position on the leaderboard at the end of the evening


That's not something you see every day! The 39-year-old Wonder Years star looked on in amazement during rehearsals as Val kissed his bicep


'You are so exuberant and warm!’ The judges only had kind words for the star, who seemingly couldn't get over the fact that she was a contestant on the show, jumping up and down like a 'little girl'

Danica and Val got all eights for their foxtrot - a routine that ended with her running up and kissing judge Bruno Tonioli.

‘I love a good kisser! You are so exuberant and warm!’ he later told her, while Carrie Ann called her ‘so adorable’ and commented that her ‘enthusiasm takes it to another level’.

‘You don’t get a second chance at a first impression, and my first impression is terrific,’ Len told her.

Danica admitted that ‘there is something “little girl” about me’ and she wants to ‘go on a journey to find my womanness’ like she has seen others go on during the show.

‘That’s a journey I would like to go on very much,’ she said.


Getting creative: Candace Cameron Bure and partner Mark Ballas began their contemporary routine on the floor, performing mirror-image moves


'I was torn between ecstasy and torment': Bruno Tonioli gushed over the routine, which was executed to the highest degree by the 37-year-old mom-of-three


’I want to work with you - that was so amazing': Carrie Ann Inaba was so impressed with Candace's moves she said she wanted to 'see it again', calling her ‘an incredible dancer’


Proud as punch: The star admitted she was overwhelmed and feeling a little teary as she caught a glimpse of her three children giving her a standing ovation from the front row

Rounding out the night in joint third place with a respectable 24 points, it seems highly likely that the star will be around for some weeks to come.

Edging just ahead of her in second place was Candace, who scored eights and nines for a combined total of 25 for her dance with Mark, which began with the couple lying on the floor pulling mirror-image moves.

Bruno said he was ‘torn between ecstasy and torment’ by the routine.

Carrie Ann added that she is ‘an incredible dancer’, saying: ’I want to work with you - that was so amazing. I want to see it again!’


Put your back in to it! Olympic Champion ice dancer Charlie White may have appeared to have an advantage over his competitors, but pro Sharna Burgess still had work to do getting him used to dancing in shoes on a wooden floor


‘Poetry in motion’: The 27-year-old went barefoot as he performed a series of difficult lifts with his partner, which saw him round of the evening in the number-one spot


Top of the leaderboard: Three nines from the judges went down a treat with the Olympic gold medallist, who seemed genuinely surprised by his ranking

The actress - whose three kids watched on from the audience - told her partner that she would not be taking the sexy routine route that many competitors opt for to get easy points.

‘I’m not going to be your sexy girl - I’m a mom with three kids,’ she said. ’I wanna look good and feel beautiful, but I will probably stay on the more modest end.’

Another rivalry being played out this season is between Olympic ice dancing duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who are going up against one another for a change.

The pair - the longest-running ice dancing partnership in the history of United States figure skating - put up two of the best performances of the night, with Charlie finishing on top of the judges’ scoreboard with three nines.

Co-host Erin raised the question many viewers must have also been thinking, asking: 'You’re an ice dancer - dancing is in the description. How much of an advantage do you have in this thing?’


What rivalry? Charlie showed he's a good sport as he let his ice dancing partner, Meryl Davis, rope him in to starring in her opening routine, before she took to the floor with her DWTS partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy


Robbed? The stunning brunette and her pro partner, who returned to the show after a recent break, were the ones to watch, performing a near-perfect routine - though it wasn't reflected in their score


Disappointing: New co-host Erin Andrews chatted to the stars following their performance, for which they received a total of just 24 points, to land them in joint third position

However, the 27-year-old insisted regular dancing was just as alien to him as anyone else on the show.

‘I think there’s a performance aspect that we’re comfortable with, but this movement is all new to me,’ he said, having earlier admitted he feared the ‘high expectations’ and ‘awkward transition going from the ice to the floor’.

His contemporary dance with Sharna Burgess showed no such awkwardness, and judge Len again hinted at an unfair advantage.

‘This is like ice dancing without the ice,’ he said.

Carrie Ann called their routine ‘poetry in motion’, while Bruno told him: ‘You’re an artist. The attention to detail on week one is incredible. It is a very, very high standard to maintain - that was astonishing.’


An inspiration: Professional snowboarder and double leg amputee Amy Purdy proved there's nothing she can't do as she partnered with Derek Hough


'That was an honor to watch you dance': The gutsy blonde didn't let her disability stop her from giving her all to the impressive routine


'You are like a beacon of light in this room': The snowboarder had the judges in awe of her, with Bruno commenting that he was 'gobsmacked' watching her

Meryl Davis - who was dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy - got all eights to land her in joint third place, with Carrie Ann calling the pair's cha-cha-cha ‘really exciting to watch’, but admitting: ‘I guess I should have expected it - you’re a gold medal champion.’

‘You’re nice on ice, but I’m telling you - you’re good on wood,’ Len told her, while Bruno called her the ‘queen of spins’ and joked: ‘She was going so fast I thought she was tracking for gas. What a debut. Fantastic.’

In a night more memorable for what was happening off the dance floor, at least one of the new contestants made a major impression - dancing with two prosthetic legs.

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy - who lost both legs aged 19 after contracting Neisseria meningitis - appeared to move judge Carrie Ann to tears with her dazzling performance with partner Derek Hough.

‘I’m in shock - I’ve never seen anything like that,’ she said, her voice cracking.


Youngest competitor: Cody Simpson may be only 17, but he certainly impressed with his moves as he partnered newcomer Witney Carson for a cha-cha-cha


Hypnotising! The couple raised eyebrows with their flirty routine, especially as the Australian singer's girlfriend was watching on from the audience


'The way Witney moves is, I can’t lie, kind of distracting at times': The star stumbled when asked about the love triangle, saying, '[Gigi] understands, you know - but I’m just... I don’t know what to say'


She's not his only fan! The teenager's 18-year-old girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, was photobombed by an enthusiastic young boy as she cheered on her beau, not looking worried in the slightest by his display with the pretty blonde

‘You’re more than a dancer, a contestant - you are like a beacon of light in this room. That was an honor to watch you dance.’

Bruno also said it was ‘beyond belief’, adding: ‘We have Wonder Woman in this room. How do you do it? I’m gobsmacked.’

But Len insisted her score was entirely down to the dancing, not how she overcame her handicap.

‘We can’t judge you any different to any other star on this show, and I think that’s how you’d like it. It’s all about the dancing,’ he insisted. ‘You got a bronze medal in the Olympics - you got a gold medal in the cha-cha-cha.’


One to watch: NeNe Leakes kicked off Dancing With The Stars' 18th season with an energetic cha-cha-cha with partner Tony Dovolani on Monday night


She's bootylicious! The 46-year-old certainly wasn't shy about flaunting her assets in the cream mini-dress featuring plenty of sequins and tassels, complete with headband and matching tasselled stilettos


Emotional: The star welled up with tears following her performance, later telling new co-host Erin Andrews that she just wanted to 'make Tony proud'


'I wanna shake my bon-bon!' NeNe told her partner she couldn't wait to get started and show everyone what she was made of

Her efforts rounded out the three-way split for third place.

Cody Simpson had a hard time keeping his eyes off his pro dance partner Witney Carson - even though girlfriend Gigi Hadid, the model daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster, was watching in the audience.

‘So, do you have a girlfriend?’ Witney asked him right off the bat, not letting up her flirting even after he admitted he was a taken man.

But his stunning girlfriend appeared far from his mind during rehearsals, as he was 'hypnotised' by his partner's body.


Back for more: Returning judges Carrie Ann, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli (from left) seemed suitably impressed with the calibre of this season's competitors


Not a happy surprise! Pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd was completely shocked when she discovered she had been partnered with Big Time Rush star James Maslow - who she once dated


Not too shabby! They certainly seemed to get over their awkwardness as they took to the dance floor for a beautiful foxtrot

‘The way Witney moves is, I can’t lie, kind of distracting at times,’ the 17-year-old admitted.

‘[Gigi] understands, you know - but I’m just... I don’t know what to say,’ he stumbled, clearly embarrassed after being asked what his girlfriend must be thinking.

Insisting the two women are now ‘good friends’, Witney backed him by saying: ‘She’s great, I love her - she’s awesome.’

Regardless of any awkwardness, the couple's chemistry and impressive moves was enough to land them in fourth place, with 22 points.

Tied in fifth place, on 21 points, were NeNe Leakes, James Maslow and Drew Carey.


You could cut the tension with a knife! The genetically-blessed twosome certainly proved they still have buckets of chemistry, despite Peta never hearing back from the actor and singer when he left town to go on tour


'I’m keeping things professional right now': The star admitted he would happily take the pretty blonde out on another date, but not till after the show, as he's focused on winning


Awkward much? A shot of the pair leaving their dinner date last month flashed up on screens, much to Peta's embarrassment

The exuberant Real Housewives Of Atlanta star kicked off the night's performances, giving her all to her energetic cha-cha-cha with partner Tony Dovolani, which saw her land firmly in the judges' good favours.

'Half of dancing is about your personality, so you've got that,' Carrie Ann Inaba told the clearly overwhelmed aspiring actress.

‘I tell you what, that’s the way to get the party started!,’ Len told her, calling it an ‘all-you-can-eat buffet of fun and entertainment’ as all three judges gave her sevens.

Carrie Ann, meanwhile, told her: ‘You’re a big, large, beautiful, voluptuous, sensual woman - I want you to dance bigger.’

Pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd had a very awkward first encounter with her celebrity partner - Big Time Rush star James Maslow.


Putting his best foot forward: Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke played up to his Price Is Right hosting job with their props, while the newly-slim star showed off his 80-lb weight-loss in his suit


'When I was fat, I couldn’t do these things': The star scored an impressive 21 points to land him in joint fifth position


'Just being able to move my body and be graceful, it’s fantastic': The 55-year-old said being able to compete on the show meant the world to him

The pretty blonde was quite obviously stunned when she was introduced to the hunky boy band star, whom she had recently gone on a date with.

‘Oh. My. God,’ she muttered. 'What just happened? Holy moly.’

Adding to the tension, Peta confronted James over why he totally dropped contact with her following their date.

‘You couldn’t text me or something?’ she asked him, having admitted she ‘didn’t see him again until he walked into the studio’.

Asked if ‘something happened between you guys’, Peta just made an uncomfortable facial expression, saying: ‘Interesting.’


She has her hands full! Canadian former pro ice hockey player Sean Avery said he was happy to live up to his bad boy reputation on the show as he was partnered with Karina Smirnoff


Intimate: The strong star enveloped his partner in a number of lifts during their romantic routine


'I'll come over that desk pretty quick': The star deadpanned that he would take up any poor scores with the judges, though he didn't follow through on his promise despite saying he was 'disappointed' at scoring just 20

Despite his radio silence with her when he went on tour, James admitted there was potential for romance - but insisted it will have to wait until after the show.

‘I’m keeping things professional right now. But would I take her on another date? Yeah, she’s a really cool girl,’ he said. ‘But right now, we’re here for the same reason: we want to win.’

However, Peta may have a love rival of her own in the form of judge Carrie Ann, who admitted: ‘I’m, like, having a big time crush on you. You are just so darn cute - my God!’

The Price Is Right host Drew Carey, who also got all sevens with his partner, Cheryl Burke, admitted that the biggest reason for going on the show was to show how losing 80 pounds has changed his life.

‘When I was fat, I couldn’t do these things. Now that I’ve lost this weight, I want to do things with my body that I couldn’t do before,’ he said.

After Carrie Ann called him the season’s ‘crowd-pleaser’, Drew said: ‘Just being able to move my body and be graceful, it’s fantastic, you can’t believe how much it means to me.’


'It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish': Diana Nyad remained optimistic despite only scoring 18 points with partner Henry Byalikov for their foxtrot


'I wasn’t expecting it as good as that, so well done to you': Judge Len Goodman gave her an encouraging boost, adding that he was confident her 'determination' would get her through


'I didn't show all my tricks tonight': The 64-year-old revealed that she didn't give it her all, and should she remain in the competition, she will pull out all the stops

Canadian former pro ice hockey player Sean Avery, meanwhile, said he was more than happy to live up to his reputation and be the bad boy of the show.

‘If one of those judges gives me a score I’m not too happy about, I’ll come over that desk pretty quick,’ he joked.

But he also showed off his incredibly dry sense of humour, insisting most of his preparation was watching the 1984 movie Footloose.

‘It was my favorite movie growing up. We’ve watched it like 100 times the last two weeks,’ he deadpanned.

When he and partner Karina Smirnoff were awarded two sevens and a six for their contemporary routine, he joked: ‘I told Karina before that we were going to pull three 9s out, so I’m a little bit disappointed.’

She may have broken records when she swam from Cuba to Florida, but Diana Nyad wasn't so successful on dry land, finishing in second-last place on just 18 points.

‘If determination and the will to get through has got anything to do with it, you’re going to make it,’ Len encouraged her. ‘I wasn’t expecting it as good as that, so well done to you.’


'Two hip replacements, you’re 77 - you did a good job': Star Wars legend Billy Dee Williams pulled out all the stops, complete with dancing Storm Troopers, to detract from his lack of dancing as he took to the floor with partner Emma Slater


'You played it very C3P0 - I want Darth Vader': The ageing star did his best, but he was limited to only very basic two-step moves with his arthritis in his back and having had two hip operations


He's a winner as far as they're concerned! The rest of the contestants were on their feet cheering at the Star Wars-themed routine

Diana - who took 10 attempts before finally making her record-breaking swim - insisted she was not worried about her poor start, partnered with newcomer Henry Byalikov.

‘You know, they say, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish”,’ she said, joking that other contestants have been asking her for help and that she ‘didn’t show all my tricks tonight’.

At the bottom of the scoreboard on opening night was the contestant who also pulled out the most stops when it came to props - Star Wars legend Billy Dee Williams.

Dressed as his famous character Lando Calrissian and with dance pro Emma Slater as Princess Leia, their cha-cha-cha also saw appearances by R2D2 and even dancing Storm Troopers.

Bruno told him he based his performance on the wrong character, saying: ‘You played it very C3P0 - I want Darth Vader; bigger, more powerful.’

But Len was impressed that the contestant - who earlier revealed he has arthritis in his back and has had two hip operations - performed at all.

‘Two hip replacements, you’re 77 - you did a good job,’ Len told him.


Star-studded audience: Former DWTS pro dancer Julianne Hough (right) cheered on brother Derek and her pals as she sat in the audience with pals Nikki Reed (centre) and Leah Remini, who competed last season


Talking Dirty! Jason Derülo opened the show with a bang as he performed his latest song accompanied by the DWTS pro dancers


Look away, Jordan! The 24-year-old was surrounded by scantily-clad women as his girlfriend, singer Jordan Sparks, watched from the audience

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