Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Season 14, SHERRI SHEPHERD & VAL CHMERKOVSKIY


Is this the best season of Dancing With the Stars ever?! Well, judging from tonight's premiere, it might just be!

Seriously, two couples scored 26 out of 30s on their very first dances of the season, so it's safe to say season 14 is not messing around. When we caught up with the celebrities and pros after the show, they all couldn't stop gushing about how amazing everyone was.

We also got the scoop on who Sherri Shepherd is planning on apologizing to! Plus, who almost stumbled during their first dance? And who isn't afraid to criticize the judges (gasp!)?

"Everyone was just so good tonight," Cheryl Burke tells us. "It was a whole different vibe in the ballroom that we've never really had before." Fellow pro Kym Johnson seconds Burke's remarks, saying, "The standard of this season is just up there."

NFL star Donald Driver adds, "Twelve great couples. I've never seen that, and I've been watching since season one."

Karina Smirnoff, who scored a low 20 with partner Gavin DeGraw, admits the competition is stiff. "This season started off with 9s in week one and there definitely is some talent," she says.

Melrose Place star Jack Wagner, who scored two 8s from the judges, says, "It just feels great to be a part of something that's pretty incredible. Everybody seems to be pretty good."

Though judge Len Goodman gave him a 7, Wagner is happy with his score. "I'm very grateful, Len. Thank you for chopping me to bits, but giving me a 7," he says. "If you get chopped up by Len and get a 7, I'll take it." Len is also receiving special attention from Disney star Roshon Fegan, who says "pleasing Len" is "his new objective."

Someone who wasn't as pleased with the judges? DeGraw, who tells us his biggest obstacle in the competition will be the trio at the big table. "I actually really enjoyed our performance, it felt good. I think that in 355 degrees of the room it looked good, but in their five degrees of the room, it didn't look very good. I think they should move that table over just a few feet to the left," he jokes.

While no one messed up tonight, Wagner almost did, but luckily he recovered before anyone noticed. "I had a little bobble at the beginning, which I never had in any rehearsal, and I got through it and recovered," he reveals to us. So what happened? "It's called brain freeze, shock and panic!"

As for whom Shepherd was specifically talking about when she said she needed to offer up an apology after her dance, the View host tells us the list is pretty long. "I'm calling everybody. I'm calling Kirstie Alley, I'm calling Ricki Lake, I'm calling Nancy Grace, I'm calling Niecy Nash. I'm going to take them all out to dinner and tell them 'I'm so sorry!'" she says. "It's so easy to judge sitting at that table, but when you're actually here doing it, it's hard!"

What did you think of DWTS' premiere? Do you think this could be the best season ever? Sound off in the comments!

PHOTOS: Dancing With the Stars: Season 14

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