'Dancing With The Stars' Season 16 premiere: Zendaya Coleman comes out on top
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- With their Contemporary dance, Disney star Zendaya Coleman and her professional dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, landed in first place with triple eights Monday on the Season 16 premiere of "Dancing With The Stars."
"I was just going out there with the intention of getting the highest possible thing I could get and the fact that it was so great on the first time, I was perfect," Zendaya said.
A bruised Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough are in a three-way tie for second with Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas and Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus. Each couple scored triple sevens.
"I'm just glad to be here,"said Pickler, who danced a Cha Cha Cha. "I'm glad I didn't fall, because I did bust my butt in rehearsals the other day. I fell pretty hard."
Ballas said he and Raisman, who danced a flirty Cha Cha Cha, "had blisters and were bleeding."
Hamill, who performed a Contemporary number, said she felt encouraged.
"I was pleased and I just am so grateful they were so kind," she said.
Hamill danced a little taped up, and so did Ingo Rademacher for a little extra protection from all the dancing.
Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson earned 20 points for their Contemporary dance to tie for fifth place with Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff.
One point behind them were "The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, for their Foxtrot.
"I want to win, plain and simple. I want to win," Lowe said. "I'm so blessed to have Peta as a partner because she will work tirelessly."
With 18 points for their Foxtrot, Lisa Vanderpump and partner Gleb Savchenko tied for eighth place with Wynonna Judd and partner Tony Dovolani, along with Victor Ortiz and partner Lindsay Arnold.
"The nerves, they wouldn't let me be like me for a second," said Ortiz, who also danced the Foxtrot. "Then finally, when I got lost in those pretty eyes, I was like, 'Yes! All right."
Second to last was comedian Andy Dick and his partner, Sharna Burgess with 17 points for their Foxtrot.
At the bottom with 12 points for their Cha Cha Cha were D.L. Hughley and his partner, Cheryl Burke.
"I was never confident but what I am not is a coward, so I'm going to do a lot better next week," Hughley said.
There is no elimination Tuesday night, so all 12 teams return to dance next week.
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