D.J. Tanner vs. Winnie Cooper: Who won the retro TV rivalry on 'Dancing With the Stars'?

Monday night marked an all-new season of "Dancing With the Stars," but not everything was new — such as the rivalry between a couple of familiar faces from television's past.

Candace Cameron Bure is best known to '80s and '90s TV fans as D.J. Tanner from "Full House." Danica McKeller made her mark during the same time period as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years." Now the two are competitors in reality TV's ballroom bash, and they're fighting for top retro TV honors.

Image: Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy Craig Sjodin / ABC
Danica McKellar and pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy compete on "Dancing With the Stars."

Danica was the first to hit the floor on the season 18 premiere, dancing an energetic foxtrot with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The routine impressed the judges — especially Bruno Tonioli, who landed a smooch from the star at the end of her number.

"I love a good kisser," he told her just before he and his fellow panelists gave her a matching set of 8s for her effort.

As for Candace, she was raring to one-up her small-screen pal.

"Of course I'm sizing up my competition," she said during rehearsals. "(Danica's) the one I'm kind of looking at."

Image: Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas. Craig Sjodin / ABC
Candace Cameron Bure and her "Dancing With the Stars" pro partner Mark Ballas.

But when she started her contemporary number alongside pro Mark Ballas, she kept her focus on the moves, which she performed with unexpected precision for a night-one dance.

"Where did that come from?!" Carrie Ann Inaba asked. "You are such an incredible dancer."

So incredible that she beat Danica by one point, at least where the judges were concerned. (Viewers will have their say when their votes are counted next week.)

But it's only fair that Candace should win this round. As the ladies revealed during the show, it was Danica who won their last rivalry — the one for the heart of "Growing Pains" star Jeremy Miller, circa 1988.

"I dated Jeremy Miller in '88," Danica said.

"That's right," Candace recalled. "I remember the phone call I got from Jeremy Miller saying, 'We're breaking up because I have a new girlfriend and her name is Danica!'"

But that was a long time ago.

"If he's smart," Candace said, Jeremy will vote for both of them on "Dancing." 

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    'Dancing With the Stars' season 18 cast

    The show goes retro this season with contestants including Danica McKellar, Billy Dee Williams and Candace Cameron Bure.

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    Sean Avery played professional hockey for teams including the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. He retired from the sport in 2012. His partner is Karina Smirnoff.
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    Candace Cameron Bure starred as DJ Tanner on sitcom "Full House." She's paired with pro Mark Ballas.
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    Drew Carey is an actor and host of "The Price Is Right." He's partnered with Cheryl Burke.
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    Olympic ice dancing pair Charlie White and Meryl Davis won gold at the Sochi Games. Charlie's partner is Sharna Burgess, and Meryl's is Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
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    NeNe Leakes is a TV personality who has starred on "Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Apprentice," "Glee," "The New Normal" and more. She's partnered with Tony Dovolani.
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    James Maslow stars on Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush," and is also in a boy band of the same name. He's partnered with Peta Murgatroyd.
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    Danica McKellar played Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years." She's partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
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    Diana Nyad -

    Diana Nyad, 64, successfully swam from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage in 2013. She's partnered with Henry Byalikov.
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    Amy Purdy -

    Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboard Team and co-founder of Adaptive Action Sports, has two prosthetic legs. Her pro partner is Derek Hough.
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    Cody Simpson -

    Cody Simpson is a 17-year-old pop singer from Australia. His partner is Whitney Carson.
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    Actor Billy Dee Williams played Lando Calrissian in the "Star Wars" movies and has also voiced the same character for other "Star Wars" projects. He's partnered with Emma Slater.
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See where the rivalry goes from here. "Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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