Panellist Len Goodman backed up Carrie's comment, reducing Katherine to tears when he told her ''You're setting the bar so high that really you have a lot to live up to.''
The standard was high across the board for the opening show of the 14th series, with Len saying the show was: ''Without doubt the best first show of any season.''
None of the dancers scored below 20 points, with Cuban-American star William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke taking a respectable 24 for their Cha-cha-cha. Former child star Roshon Fegan, singer Gladys Knight, comedienne Sherri Shepherd and soap actor Jack Wagner all tying in fourth place with 23.
Sherri gave the night some comedy, telling the judges: ''Short of birthing my child, this is the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life.
''I think I left a boob on the floor. If somebody finds it, could you give it back to me?''
No contestants were eliminated in the opening week, but one couple will be ejected next week after they have tackled either the quickstep or the jive.