Amber Riley Shines in Season 17 Premiere of 'DWTS'

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Brant Daugherty of Pretty Little Liars fame kicked off the season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with a charming cha-cha-cha alongside pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. How did the first dance compare with their celebrity competitors? Read on to find out!
With a combined score of 22 (out of a possible 30), Brant's unusually high numbers for episode one launched the couple onto the top of the leaderboard, but it wasn't long before Glee star Amber Riley and her partner Derek Hough blew the competition out of the water with their cha-cha-cha earning an unheard of 27/30 (9,9,9) for their first spin on the ballroom floor.
On the other end of the spectrum, Bill Nye the Science Guy made a less-than-impressive (albeit entertaining) debut in week one with 14/30 (5,4,5) for his cha-cha-cha with pro partner Tyne Stecklein.
Here's how all of the contestants stacked up (from best to worst) in tonight's premiere episode:
-'Glee' star Amber Riley and Derek Hough -- 27/30 (9,9,9) Cha-cha-cha
-'High School Musical' alum Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- 24/30 (8,8,8) Contemporary
-'Saved By the Bell''s Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 24/30 (8,8,8) Contemporary
-'Jersey Shore' star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber -- 23/30 (8,8,7) Cha-cha-cha
-Reality TV star Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke -- 23/30 (8,8,7) Foxtrot
-'Pretty Little Liars' star Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd –  22/30 (7,8,7) Cha-cha-cha
-Pop star Christina Milian and Mark Ballas -- 22/30 (7,7,8) Contemporary
-'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' actress Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus -- 21/30 (7,7,7) Foxtrot
-'King Of Queens' star Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani – 21/30 (7,7,7) Foxtrot
-Comedian Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- 18/30 (6,6,6) Foxtrot
-NFL pro Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess -- 17/30 (6,5,6) Cha-cha-cha
-Bill Nye the Science Guy and Tyne Stecklein --  14/30 (5,4,5) Cha-cha-cha
Tune in to Dancing With the Stars next Monday on ABC when the cast returns for another round of performances before the first elimination!