(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 andTristanMacmanus trailed the pack with a 17 for the same dance.
The fact the legendary 55-year-old tennis player was still winning grand slam doubles titles as recently as in 2006 is sure to fill her with confidence about the physical side of taking part.
The Welsh singer, who is newly-single after splitting from fiancé Gethin Jones earlier this year, will be joined by famous faces including fellow singers Gladys Knight and Gavin De Graw, as well as actors such as Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert and Jaleel White.
Needham's own Aly Raisman romanced the judges with her strong performance Monday night.