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Emotions run high during 'Dancing With the Stars' premiere

Posted by Emily Wright  September 17, 2013 09:16 AM

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The 17th season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" was a veritable emotional roller coaster for contestants, their families, the judges, and fans.

Sharon Osbourne was in the crowd and cried during her son Jack's debut, audience members teared up after cancer patient and former "Mary Tyler Moore Show" star Valerie Harper finished her performance, and "Glee" actress Amber Riley took excitement to another level after she scored the highest of any first round dancer in the show's history.

Check out Riley and pro Derek Hough's 27-point cha-cha below.

Did you catch Harper's foxtrot (21 points) with Tristan McManus? If not, watch the clip below and check out the standing ovation she received both before and after gliding across the hardwood.

Jack Osbourne's dad, Ozzy, and proud mama Sharon watched in awe of their son when he and Cheryl Burke earned 23 points for their foxtrot. Sharon was moved to tears by the performance. Watch the emotional scene below.

Full list of scores in descending order:

Amber Riley and Derek Hough: 27
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: 24
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 24
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: 23
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber: 23
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: 22
Christina Milan and Mark Ballas: 22
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: 21
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus: 21
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: 18
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess: 17
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein: 14

Which dancer was your favorite? Are you watching the current season? Let us know in the comments.

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