‘Dancing With the Stars’ recap and review: The All-Stars shine on premiere night

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The "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" season kicked off on Monday night with newly crowned Emmy winner Tom Bergeron hosting the star-studded festivities less than 24 hours after he called his win for Best Reality TV Host "the icing on a very sweet cake."

And sweet it was! With 13 of the best contestants from seasons past, the "DWTS" premiere also introduced a slight change on the scoring front: The judges are now allowed to give half points. Bergeron noted that the "people who sell us the paddles" are also doing a happy dance.

So did all of this add up to an all-star-worthy night? Check out how the couples did, and you be the judge!

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson

Let the rivalries begin! This season, 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone will not only face off against his boy band rival, 98 Degrees' Drew Lachey, but he has a bone to pick with Apolo Anton Ohno, who beat him out for the "DWTS" win back in Season 4. Fatone's cha cha with partner Kym Johnson was called an "overall spectacular start" by judge Len Goodman, but Carrie Ann Inaba was cut off by Bergeron before we could hear her critique. Now we'll never know why she only gave them a 6.5! Total score: 20.5

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough

What's a 20-year-old retiree to do? Dance, of course! This season's golden couple, former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her partner, Derek Hough, foxtrotted their way to a score of 22. Bruno Tonioli called it "fully loaded, two dances for the price of one," although Len Goodman didn't think it looked like a foxtrot.

Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel

The viewer's choice winner is looking for a Mirrorball win this time, but she won't have ex-beau, Mark Ballas by her side. Instead, Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan teamed up with Louis Van Amstel for a near- purr-fect cha cha. "There's nothing like a woman scorned!" Carrie Ann Inaba cheered. Score: 22.5

Hélio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower

The race car driver's foxtrot with Chelsie Hightower caused Bruno Tonioli to say, "You did mess up quite a bit tonight." Still, if a mess-up garners a score of 21.5 on night one, we'll take it!

Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus

The judges warned that they had high expectations this season, and they unloaded on actress Pamela Anderson. Even with lucky charm Tristan MacManus by her side, the ex- "Baywatch" babe fumbled on her cha cha, resulting in this cruel critique from Bruno: "There wasn't enough work there for me to praise you." Ouch! Score: 17

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani

Pro dancer Tony Dovolani said he takes the blame for their Season 8 loss, calling reality star Melissa Rycroft "the best partner" he's ever had. (No offense, Kate Gosselin!) The couple danced a strong and sexy foxtrot, scoring a solid 21 points.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff

He has Olympic medals and a previous Mirrorball trophy, but Apolo Ohno was "very rusty" when they first started rehearsing for all-stars, according to pro Karina Smirnoff. But Ohno shook off the rust and got in to a hippy cha cha. "Is it just me, or did you just get 3,000 times more sexy?" Carrie Ann asked him. Score: 22

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd

We're not sure what Gilles Marini's foxtrot has to do with Jon Hamm's Emmy loss, but viewers were the winners here. His elegant dance with last season's pro, Peta Murgatroyd, brought old school Hollywood glam to the ballroom. Score: 24

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas

A more confident Bristol Palin had her famous mom in the audience to cheer her on (even more entertaining was 3-year-old Tripp covering his ears over all that ballroom noise), but that didn't stop partner Mark Ballas from coaxing the single mom to "shake that ass" and "let it go nuts." Carrie Ann called Palin "most improved," while Bruno called her…."refurbished?" Score: 19.5

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya

This past champ is best remembered for his "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" freestyle routine with Cheryl Burke, but now he's paired with the tough-loving Anna Trebunskaya. The couple's premiere night foxtrot made it look like they have "danced with each other forever," according to Bruno. Score: 21.5

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy

The original "DWTS" champion is back seven years after her win. But back in "DWTS'" olden days, the season was only six weeks long, so soap star Kelly Monaco never did a cha cha! Well, she did one last night, spawning some insane chemistry with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Score: 21.5

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Actress Kirstie Alley reunited with her Season 12 partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, for a foxtrot, but her real reunion came with host Tom Bergeron, when she planted an extended smackeroo on his lips in celebration of his Emmy win. The lip lock wasn't as long as Hawkeye and Margaret's "M*A*S*H" kiss, but it sure came close! Score: 19

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke

Twinkle-toes is back, and he's brought his winning partner with him. Emmitt Smith's cha cha with Cheryl Burke earned them praise and high scores from the judges. "The last dance of the evening and the best!" Goodman declared. Score: 24.5

All in all, not a bad score tally for a "DWTS" premiere night. Next, scores and viewer votes will determine who goes home Tuesday night, as the all-star light burns out for someone before they barely had a chance to get started!

"Dancing With the Stars" airs Tuesday, 9/25 at 8PM EST on ABC.

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