11:41 AM EDT 04/16/2014
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM
Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.
Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."
Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:
Originally posted 03/24/2014 08:50AM
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in '95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She's been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she'll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
I can't believe Carrie Ann Inaba gave me a 9 on my first dance! Mark and I were ecstatic!
I guess the lights, the camera and the thrill of performing live gave me an extra boost that even Mark was surprised to see. I really did give it my all that night and was happy with my overall performance.
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:20AM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.
There have been so many changes on the show this season, but I'm happy with them.
I think Erin [Andrews] did an amazing job at the premiere. I think she adds like this girl-next-door vibe to the show. I think Dancing with the Stars wanted to create a new audience this season and really liven it up a little more. I think she's helping to do that. Her interviews are great and she's really down to earth. She's really conversational.
Originally posted 03/20/2014 06:30PM
Been there, Paso Dobled that. Twice.
Originally posted 03/19/2014 08:30AM
Is Cody Simpson shying away from some of his potential moves on Dancing with the Stars?
Quite possibly, if his girlfriend has anything to say about it.
The Aussie pop star, 17, joked to PEOPLE backstage Monday that his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid shared a few candid thoughts about his routine before he performed a 22-point cha-cha with partner Witney Carson, 20, on the show.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 06:00PM
Losing her legs hasn't slowed down inspirational Dancing with the Stars season 18 contestant Amy Purdy, who amusingly points out the perks of competing for the mirror-ball trophy with prosthetic limbs.
"If [other contestants] break a leg they're out of the competition. But if I break a leg I'll just get a new one," she told PEOPLE Monday night at her DWTS debut.
The snowboarder, 34, who lost both legs below the knee at 19 following a life-threatening bout of bacterial meningitis, stunned the judges with her masterful cha-cha, which the jet-lagged athlete delivered just three days after winning the bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 03:35PM
Former contestant Erin Andrews is adjusting quickly to her new duties as Dancing with the Stars co-host.
Going off of a rave review from PEOPLE's TV critic – who says the sports broadcaster is right at home on ABC's hit competition show – Andrews, too, told PEOPLE, "It's crazy because it feels kind of like family and I'm back, you know, to where I kind of grew up."
But even so, Brooke Burke-Charvet's replacement is still getting the hang of things.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:40PM
Derek and Julianne Hough are on the move, and they want you to join them.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:05PM
Another season of Dancing with the Stars, another set of dating rumors to set straight.
Season 18's token are-they-or-aren't-they duo are Peta Murgatroyd, 27, and James Maslow, 23, who admitted in a package during Monday's premiere that they did go on a date before they were ever partnered, but it never flourished into anything.
There's nothing more to it than that – at least right now – the pair insists, calling all of the buzz about it "funny."
Following their 21-point foxtrot, Maslow told PEOPLE backstage, "We'll be asked the same question rephrased 17 times, and yet they expect different answers. On occasion, like in that package [they showed tonight], they'll get [answers they want] because we're just bored and we want to go."
Originally posted 03/18/2014 08:15AM
How has NeNe Leakes not already done Dancing with the Stars?
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