Soprano and ‘Urkel’ actor start strong on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - KATHERINE JENKINS & MARK BALLAS - Classical singing star Katherine Jenkins joins two-time champ Mark Ballas, who is returning for his 10th season. The two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” airs MONDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

The season 14 premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” proved that classical music star Katherine Jenkins can sing and dance.

The judges gave the Welsh soprano’s foxtrot a 26 out of 30 – the highest premiere score ever. Jenkins soon had to share those bragging rights with Jaleel White, a k a Urkel, who also got a 26.

Cuban actor/model William Levy made the ballroom loco with his cha cha. He got a 24. Scoring a 23 were Chicago native Sherri Shepherd, Jack Wagner, Gladys Knight and Roshon Fegan. Maria Menounos and Donald Driver netted 21s, while Gavin DeGraw, Melissa Gilbert and Martina Navratilova trailed with 20s.

The stars dance again Monday, with the first couple getting axed that Tuesday.

On NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” Wicker Park songstress Erin Martin dressed like a superhero French maid and swept away the Shields Brothers to win Monday’s battle rounds.

Lori Rackl, TV critic

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