*The takeaway from last night’s “Dancing With the Stars” premiere? For the first time in years, no one was God-awful.

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In fact, it was said more than once during Monday’s program that this cast – which includes Sherri Shepherd of “The View,” the Empress of Soul Gladys Knight, actor Jaleel “Urkel” White and NFL star Donald Driver – was the most impressive bunch of celebs to hit the dance floor in 14 seasons.

Furthermore, all four contestants mentioned above received extended standing ovations following their performances and glowing reviews from the judges – and they weren’t the only ones.

Yes, there were some who didn’t do so well (Gavin DeGraw), but none were as awkward or Frankenstein-like as past contestants Master P or Kenny Mayne. Usually there’s one of these in every cast – but not this time.

Watch Knight, Shepherd, Driver and White dance below:

Dancing the Cha Cha Cha, Gladys Knight:

Dancing the Foxtrot, Sherri Shepherd:

Dancing the Cha Cha Cha, Donald Driver:

Dancing the Foxtrot, Jaleel White: