updated 03/17/2014 AT 10:25 PM ET
•originally published 03/17/2014 AT 10:35 PM ET
Another season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Monday night, with no shortage of fancy footwork to hit the ballroom.
Although the night consisted of many highs from a number of talented contestants, it was Olympic gold medalist ice skating partners-turned-DWTS-competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who gained most of the buzz leading up to the show’s 18th season.
Davis made her dance-floor debut with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and the two pulled off an eloquent 24-points-out-of-30 cha cha that judge Bruno Tonioli called “fantastic.”
But it was White and partner Sharna Burgess who not only topped Davis and Chmerkovskiy’s score with a 27-point contemporary, but landed the highest marks of the night, causing judge Carrie Ann Inaba to call the routine “poetry in motion.”
Every contestant, in fact – from NeNe Leakes to Billy Dee Williams – earned praise in some capacity for strutting their stuff in the ballroom.
Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow proved they had more than just chemistry outside of the ballroom. They danced a happy-go-lucky 21-point foxtrot that, naturally, had Inaba blushing. “I have a big time crush on you because you are just so darn cute,” she told Maslow, while the other two judges said the routine needed to be tidier.
The judges were fond of adorable Danica McKellar’s 24-point foxtrot with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, but if there’s anything to improve upon, Inaba told her she was “a little over-expressive with the mouth.”