The show kicked off at 7pm on ABC, from Los Angeles, Calif.
With swift moves and confidence Martínez swayed Smirnoff to and fro putting the former Army veteran and his partner in the lead as one of the top contenders striving to win the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
"[You were] right on top tonight, Tonioli said. "I can't wait to see the Latin, because you did very, very well in the waltz.”
“You're able to bring emotional quality to your dance,” added Inaba. “"I was absolutely touched by your performance.”
Other notable contestants include Chaz Bono, formerly known as Chastity Bono—the first transsexual contestant of the show.
Bono impressed the judges, especially Goodman with his “good footwork” and “right attitude.”
Cher’s son and dance partner earned a solid 17 points for strutting their stuff with a good attitude
“I had no idea you were so cuddly and cute,” Tonioli wailed. “I think people have been waiting all night to see you, Chaz,” Inaba said. “You did not disappoint!"