'Dancing With The Stars' season 18 starts strong for some couples


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The show producers seem to be pushing romance and rivals this season. But the 12 teams competing are more concerned with actually learning how to dance. For many of those teams, it seems to be working.

Olympian Charlie White and his partner, Sharna Burgess, started the season strong. They got triple nines for their contemporary number and a first-place finish.

"I'm used to getting scores from judges and I'm used to expecting perfection, so I was hoping for 10s. I was hoping to be able to get 10s, so that makes me hungry," said White.

Actress Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas landed in second place, scoring 25 for their contemporary dance.

"I gave it my all, more than I ever have and I guess the judges saw that. So I'm really, really pleased," said Cameron Bure.

With 24 points, we saw a three-way tie for third: Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy; Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; and Amy Purdy and Derek Hough.

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"I want to take it as far as I can," said Purdy. "I'm completely motivated."

In the bottom two slots: Diana Nyad and Billy Dee Williams.

"I'm not there yet, but don't give up on me," said Nyad.

One of the teams will be the first to go next Monday night.

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