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    Posted: 16 Sep 2014 at 19:10

'Just raised the stakes': Alfonso Ribeiro sets the bar high on DWTS premiere as he and partner Witney Carson earn top score

By Mail Online Reporter

Published: 07:20, 16 September 2014 | Updated: 11:56, 16 September 2014

Alfonso Ribeiro has gone from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to the king of Dancing With The Stars.

As the contestants performed their first numbers on Monday in the hit dance competition show's new season, Fresh Prince star Alfonso easily stole the show and proved he's the star to beat.

Alfonso, whose character Carlton Banks was famed for his wild dancing on Will Smith's TV hit, proved he still has the moves and left the other contestants open-mouthed at his astonishingly energetic jive.


Team to beat: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson had he highest score on Monday night's premiere of Dancing With The Stars

And the judges were equally impressed as they all gave him and dance partner Witney Carson nines across the board for the highest total of the show.

‘That was without question the best dance of the night,' judge Len Goodman told him.


Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli said: ‘The Prince of Bel-Air? You're the king of the night.'


Nailed it: Alfonso and Witney scored 36 out of a possible 40 points for their jive dance


Own dance: Alfonso developed his own The Carlton Dance named after his character on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

‘You have the swagger of season 19,' Carrie Ann Inaba told him. ‘You just raised the stakes. Excellent.'

While Alfonso let his moves do the talking, many of the other stars tried to make an impression with looks and chemistry.

Two-time DWTS winner Julianne Hough returned on the judges' bench but also got in on the action as her extremely low cut top at times looking in danger of having a wardrobe malfunction.

‘Our newest member of the judging panel is bursting with enthusiasm, or almost,' host Tom Bergeron joked, seemingly a reference to her dress.


New judge: Two-time DWTS champion Julianne Hough returned as a judge in a revealing dress

Along with stars from TV and movies, the season appeared to have an obvious leader for sexiest man - Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr.

But the biggest hit with the female judges was in fact cauliflower-eared UFC champ Randy Couture.

After the Expendables 3 star finished his foxtrot, Carrie Ann pretended to fall as she said he left her ‘a little weak at the knees'.


High praise: Former ixed martial arts champ Randy Couture impressed the judges

‘Can I just say you are some sexy, sexy, sexy man!' she told him, sounding surprised at how strongly she felt it.

And Julianne agreed, telling him: ‘Randy you're making me randy. You are the epitome of a man, and that is the kind of man I want in my life. But you have grace and you have class and there's a sensitive beauty about you that you don't find very often.'

‘You realize you've hit on three guys tonight?' host Tom teased the new judge.


Weak knees: Carrie Ann Inaba told Randy that he left her weak in the knees

It was also clear which partnership had the most sexual chemistry as Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish and her pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy sizzled on the dance floor.

After admitting she felt like she was ‘going on a date' because she was so nervous meeting him, Janel was soon rubbing her hands over Val's chest in rehearsals.

‘Girls across America are very jealous right now,' she gladly told the camera, while Val bragged of their ‘natural chemistry'.


Natural chemistry: Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish and dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy steamed up the dance floor

‘Hopefully it will just blossom into something awesome,' he said.

After their jive, with Janel in a sparkly tiny backless dress and stirrups, Val appeared to almost accidentally kiss Janel's breast as she suddenly moved forward to kiss his head, with him then instead kissing her lower back.

‘I think the blossoming has already begun,' Bergeron joked, while they later flirted over Val telling his partner she has ‘the swag of my grandma'.


Show hosts: Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were back as hosts for season 19

‘It was a compliment - my grandma got swag,' Val insisted.

But one couple will have a far harder time getting chemistry - Olympic legend Lolo Jones and her partner, show newcomer Keo Motsepe.

After Keo's jaw dropped when first seeing Lolo - admitting ‘her beauty' gave him ‘goosebumps' - she told him she is a 32-year-old virgin.


Low scores: Lolo Jones and professional dance newcomer Keo Motsepe stumbled out of the gate

‘I'm one of the rare people that is waiting to have sex until they're married,' she said. ‘So intimate, close, sexual scenes will be very awkward for me.'

Her cha cha, with Lolo in hot pants and showing off her incredible abs, got off to a terrible start when a prop failed and threw her off her timing, which she never recovered from.

‘I make no excuses, that was awful,' she told the judges.


Good times: Carrie Ann, Len Goodman, Juliann and Bruno Tonioli shared a laugh during the show

Another star will also have to be careful of appearing too sexy - Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson, who is just 17 and from a famously strict family.

Her dance was the second-highest praised of the night and left dad Willie wiping away a tear.

Sadie admitted she need dad's approval of her dance costumes.

‘Oh yeah - daddy's going to see all the costumes before we go out there,' her partner Mark Ballas admitted to co-host Erin Andrews.


Teenage star: Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas thrilled the audience with their cha cha routine


Proud father: Willie Robertson wiped away a tear after watching Sadie perform

As expected, underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr was a hit with the female judges, with Julianne gushing over his ‘beautiful, beautiful smile'.

‘The dimples - I'm just in love,' she said.

Partner Cheryl Burke was also thrilled, complaining that she has not had sexy partners in recent seasons, adding: ‘Sorry Jack Osbourne!'


Underwear model: Antonio Sabato Jr and pro Cheryl Burke performed the cha cha

But Antonio's cha cha did not live up to his looks.

‘It's obvious you've got dancing in your blood - unfortunately it hasn't reached your feet,' Len teased him.

Another unexpected hit for the women was Grammy Award-winning comedian Tommy Chong, who started his dance to Snoop Dogg's Drop It Like It's Hot with the help of longtime partner Cheech Marin, sitting with him in a lowrider.


Going green: Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd performed while Cheech Marin looked on from a lowrider

‘I thought I liked older men, but this is just a whole other level!' Julianne admitted. ‘Because you are extremely sexy.'

Chong put his success on the dance floor down to dance pro Peta Murgatroyd, who wore a tiny green dress, saying: ‘I'm really good at doing what beautiful women tell me to do.'

Actress Lea Thompson - best known as Lorraine McFly in the Back to the Future movies - also happily flirted with her pro Artem Chigvintsev, known to fans of the UK-version of the show.


Cougar alert: Lea Thompson joked about being a cougar after younger pro partner Artem Chigvintsev

After joking that she was a cougar and a new Mrs Robinson, Artem later told her:  ‘I am just grateful to have this beautiful, beautiful lady in my hands - for the whole 58 seconds.'

The happiest reaction from the night came from Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett who appeared to be wide-eyed and bursting with excitement.

‘That was the most fun I've ever had in my whole life,' he gushed.


Having fun: Mean Girls star Jonathan Bennett said his dance with partner Allison Holker was the most fun he'd ever had

Earlier he had had tears as he spoke of how dancing brought back the ‘spark' he thought he had lost after the death of his father two months ago.

‘His favorite show that we used to watch together is Dancing With The stars,' he explained.

‘And now it's like my turn to go on the show and have him watch, just from a different seat,' he said.


Tough time: Jonathan admitted to struggling since the recent death of his father

The biggest disaster came for quirky fashion star Betsey Johnson when a feather boa failed to come off a clothes rack, leaving her almost falling when she finally freed it.

The mishap almost caused a bigger accident, when she recalled thinking ‘I'm gonna get this f***ing thing!' - with the show just bleeping out her swear word in time.

The show continues on Tuesday with the elimination of a dance team.


Wardrobe malfunction: Fashion designer Betsey Johnson ironically had a tough time removing a dance prop from a clothes rack

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