Ralph Macchio is in the lead on 'Dancing With The Stars'.

The 'Karate Kid' actor and his partner Karina Smirnoff finished the first show with a total of 24 points, putting him ahead of other contestants Kirstie Alley, Petra Nemkova and Kendra Wilkinson.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told the former child star that he had "great showmanship" but needed to watch his "weird" hand.

Kirstie, who came second with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, gained a 23-points total after she was awarded an 8 and revealed she wants a 9 next time.

The 'Fat Actress' star said: "I did work hard, and I'm going to work harder now. I've had a taste of an eight, I want a nine."

Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward was also highly acclaimed for his Cha Cha cha with partner Kym Johnson, with the audience on their feet for his dance.

The lowest score of the night went to talk show host Wendy Williams, who scored just 14.

Commenting on her dance, head judge Len Goodman said: "You need to unleash the beast. I thought, 'Here we go, loud and proud - you got your dumplings boiling over.' But it was quiet. It was timid."