Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez established as 'DWTS' frontrunner with dominant premiere performance

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Sometimes the best really is saved for last!

Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and Dancing With the Stars pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy blew away the competition Monday evening during the season 23 premiere.

The final routine of the night, the pair performed the cha cha to Bonnie McKee's "American Girl" -- a fitting track for the Team USA gold medalist who had no issues bringing her razor-sharp moves from the balance beam to the ballroom.

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, AMBER ROSE, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JANA KRAMER, GLEB SAVCHENKO
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, WITNEY CARSON, VANILLA ICE
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TERRA JOLÃ, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, CHERYL BURKE, RYAN LOCHTE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) LAURIE HERNANDEZ, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, MARILU HENNER, DEREK HOUGH
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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MAUREEN MCCORMICK, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, LAURIE HERNANDEZ
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2301' - 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with its most dynamic cast yet and ready to hit the ballroom floor. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, SHARNA BURGESS
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It was tough to tell who was more enamored with whom -- Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy seemed equally impressed with each other. "I was so excited to see Val," the 16-year-old gold medalist said of the two-time World Dance Champion. "I am just ecstatic to be his partner because he's such a great dancer."

Chmerkovskiy, 30, was right behind her with his own praise: "Having been entrusted with such incredible talent like Laurie, I feel a lot of pressure. I have an American treasure in my hands."

The judges also didn't hold back, awarding a whopping 31 points -- the most of the night -- to the enthusiastic duo who were all smiles during their performance.

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Gymnast Simone Biles poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Jul 8, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Simone Biles from Spring, TX, during the uneven bars in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 10: Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during Day 2 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at SAP Center on July 10, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 24: Simone Biles competes on the vault during day one of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 24, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Gymnast Gabby Douglas poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Jul 10, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Gabby Douglas during the balance beam in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Gabby Douglas competes on the balance beam during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships Sunday, June 26, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Jul 8, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Gabby Douglas from Tarzana, CA, during the vault in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Gymnast Aly Raisman poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 24: Aly Raisman competes on the balance beam during day one of the 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships at Chafitz Arena on June 24, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Jul 8, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Aly Raisman, Needham, MA, during the balance beam in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Aly Raisman reaches for the top bar on the uneven bars during the preliminary round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials, Friday, June 29, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Gymnast Madison Kocian poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 08: Madison Kocian competes on the balance beam during day 1 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics Team Trials at SAP Center on July 8, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Madison Kocian competes in the vault during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships, Friday, June 24, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Madison Kocian of the United States performs on the uneven bars during the women's qualifying of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, capital of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez poses at the Karolyi Ranch Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New Waverly, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
EVERETT, WA - APRIL 09: Laurie Hernandez of the United States competes on the uneven bars during Day 2 of the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at Xfinity Arena on April 9, 2016 in Everett, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
July 10, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Laurie Hernandez, from Old Bridge, NJ, during the floor exercise in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 8, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Laurie Hernandez from Old Bridge, NJ during the balance beam in the women's gymnastics U.S. Olympic team trials at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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"I am absolutely delighted to see somebody with your talent in this room," said judge Bruno Tonioli. "You have everything at your disposal to being right up there with the best we've ever had."

Judge and two-time DWTS champion Julianne Hough agreed, saying, "You are the total package."

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