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Amber Riley leads on season 17 premiere of ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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Amber Riley scores a 27 during ‘Dancing With the Stars’ premiere

“Dancing With the Stars” premiered Monday and brought together 12 celebs in sports and entertainment for the 17th season of the program. During last night’s show, viewers watched celebs like Bill Nye, The Science Guy and Keyshawn Johnson fumble through their dance routines that could have been either  a cha-cha, contemporary or foxtrot. Nye scored 14 out of a possible 30 points and Johnson scored 17.

By contrast, Amber Riley wowed the crowd with her high-energy cha-cha that garnered her 27 out of 30 possible points for the evening.

Judge Bruno Tonioli called Riley “the tigress of season 17″ while Judge Len Goodman said the performance left him utterly distraught.

“I’m palpitating and perspiring.  I’m telling you, week one and you come out to dance like that? Incredible, full on, flat out fabulous,” said Goodman.

The next episode of “Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out Riley’s nearly perfect performance below. -danielle canada