Dancing With The Stars season 23 began Sept. 12 on ABC as the 13 new couples took to the ballroom to perform for America's votes for the first time ever. Actress Marilu Henner and six-time Mirrorball Trophy winner Derek Hough kicked season 23 into high gear with a show-opening jive that earned raves from all four members of the judging panel.

Marilu meets Derek and screams

Before Marilu Henner and Derek Hough --who will go by #TeamHennergy on social media during their time on the hit reality show-- hit the ballroom to perform, fans got a look at the 64-year old Taxi star's adorable reaction to meeting her wildly successful Dancing with the Stars better half (she called him "a god" and screamed when she saw him at her door) and heard about her motivation for taking part in the long-running series. Henner explained that she'd always been a fan of the show, but copped to feeling "so nervous and excited" about finally being a cast member.

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DWTS season 23's first dance

Decked out in a glittering little number that showed off her amazing figure, Henner hit the Dancing with the Stars ballroom looking a bit on edge, but slipped into her role as a super star performer just a few beats into the routine. The duo danced on a platform and it was difficult to see her feet at times, but it was a solid opening effort, and she seemed to have a great time.

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All four judges were happy with the routine. Len Goodman praised its "energy" and "vitality" and thought it was "fabulous." Julianne Hough praised her for handling a difficult dance right out of the gates, but cautioned Henner against being "too stiff" in the upper half. Bruno Tonioli called it "a barnstorming jive" and playfully chided Hough for creating a difficult dance. Carrie Ann Inaba, finally, said she was "blown away" by the effort but told her to be sure to spot.

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Henner was delighted with her scores, which included a trio of sevens from Goodman, Inaba, and Tonioli, and a six from Hough, for a total of 27 out of 40 points. How will Marilu Henner and Derek Hough's scores stack up to the rest of the pack's marks? Keep watching the Dancing with the Stars season 23 premiere to find out.

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