Jaleel White and Kym Johnson may have danced their way to a record high score on the season 14 premiere of "Dancing With The Stars" on Monday, but the pair revealed that their night didn't start so smoothly.
White, who is best known for his role as nerdy Steve Urkel in the 1990s series "Family Matters," said he had to change his shirt before hitting the dance floor and that his partner, Kym Johnson, had issues with her dress.
"There was quite a lot going on before we danced. My heel got caught in my dress and I had a big hole. The amazing wardrobe team was sewing it up just before we walked out," Johnson said.
The wardrobe issues didn't seem to faze the pair, who earned 26 out of 30 for their Foxtrot, tying Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas for the highest score ever on a "Dancing With The Stars" premiere. (See a dance-by-dance recap from the season premiere.)
"Sometimes maybe those [distractions] are a good thing, they keep your mind off of it, like, 'Hey! Fix that!'" said White.
Head judge Len Goodman loved White and Johnson's routine for its elegance and seamlessness, and Bruno Tonioli said he felt like he was watching the great Gregory Hines. White said it felt amazing to knock down the first dance and called the experience "a rush."
"You have to treat life day by day, week by week. I'm telling you, like 20 minutes ago, I was a wreck. I was a wreck. You know, and now, I'm like [sigh of relief], 'All right, where we going?'" he said. "It's amazing how your emotions go up and down like that, so you've got to find that middle ground."
Johnson, who told told OnTheRedCarpet.com last month that White "is a natural" dancer, praised her partner for his good attitude.
"I know he can [make it to the top], but I like that he's humble and taking it week by week. I think that's a good attitude to have," she said.
Check out photos of the season 14 premiere of "Dancing With The Stars."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).