"Dancing with the Stars" Premieres it's 16th Season

Posted Monday March 18, 2013 11:46 PM GMT

Gathering up a brand new gaggle of celebrities, "Dancing with the Stars" kicked off it's sixteenth season on Monday night (March 18).

As previously reported by GossipCenter, the entire season's cast was announced last month, which included singers Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump, among others.

Making an excellent first impression, Disney actress Zendaya, who is the show's youngest contestant at 16 years old, wowed the crowd and the judges when she and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy pulled in the top score of 24 with their contemporary dance performance.

Following close behind for a three-way tie at second place with 21 points were Dorothy Hamill and her pro Tristan MacManus, Pickler and her partner Derek Hough, and Raisman and her pro Mark Ballas.

"General Hospital" actor Ingo Rademacher, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, newly-engaged "Bachelor" star Sean Lowe, pro boxer Victor Ortiz, Vanderpump and Judd all managed to squeeze in the middle of the leaderboard, ranging from 18-20 points.

Falling a bit behind their fellow contestants was comedian Andy Dick, who finished off with 17 points, while D.L. Hughley and his partner Cheryl Burke fell into last place after their cha-cha scored a measly 12 points.

Whether your favorite celeb was at the top or the bottom, those scores only count for half of the total points. Tune back in on March 25th when the celebs hit the dance floor again. The first two episodes' numbers will be combined with viewer votes before the inaugural elimination on March 26.

Photo Credit: ABC

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