9:04pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
'Dancing With the Stars': Jaleel White, Katherine Jenkins Impress the Judges With Their Foxtrots (Video)
They may not be household names, but actor Jaleel White and opera singer Katherine Jenkins certainly set the bar during the season 14 premiere of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
Together with partners Kym Johnson and Mark Ballas, White and Jenkins tied for first place, earning an impressive 26 points each out of the available 30. Watch their performances below.
In terms of first episode scores, the duo is bested only by season six competitor Kristi Yamaguchi, who scored a record-setting 27 points with partner Ballas in 2008. Another former Ballas partner, Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan, scored 26 during her season five debut, while Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff also earned 26 points during week one of season three.
Though White and Jenkins appear to be the early frontrunners this season, telenovela star William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke are hot on their trail with 24 points. Tied for third are Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus, Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, and Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya, each with 23 points.
White closed the night with a bang, performing the foxtrot to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” The dance prompted judge Len Goodman to proclaim, “Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season.”
Find the complete rankings below. How do you think the mirror ball contenders fared?
Jaleel White, Kym Johnson: 26/30
Katherine Jenkins, Mark Ballas: 26/30
William Levy, Cheryl Burke: 24/30
Gladys Knight, Tristan MacManus: 23/30
Sherri Shepherd, Val Chmerkovskiy: 23/30
Roshon Fegan, Chelsie Hightower: 23/30
Jack Wagner, Anna Trebunskaya: 23/30
Donald Driver, Peta Murgatroyd: 21/30
Maria Menounos, Derek Hough: 21/30
Martina Navratilova, Tony Dovoloni: 20/30
Melissa Gilbert, Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20/30
Gavin DeGraw, Karina Smirnoff: 20/30