Last night the first episode of "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" kicked off with the contestants competing for a second chance at the crown after three weeks of preparations. (Check out the "All-Stars" cast and dance pro pairings.) Notable moments of the night included Kirstie Alley (who is dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who recently announced his departure from the show after his contract is up) planting a kiss on Emmy-winning host and Haverhill native Tom Bergeron's lips, Bristol Palin finally letting loose with mom in the crowd, and the new ability for judges to award half points (a rule of which they fully took advantage). Retired footballer Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke topped the scoreboard with a 24.5 for their cha-cha, while former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson and Tristan Macmanus trailed the pack with a 17 for the same dance.
Check out highlights in the video above and comment here to let us know what you thought of the season opener. Any favorites so far?
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