Maria Menounos Nabs Season's First Perfect Score On 'Dancing With The Stars' Classics Night
Seven weeks into Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars, the remaining contestants — favorites Katherine Jenkins and William Levy, as well as Maria Menounos, Roshon Fegan, Jaleel White, Melissa Gilbert, and Donald Driver — got their dancing shoes on for Classics Night after virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell opened the show.
The seven duos were split into two teams — the Tango team with Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas, Menounos and Derek Hough, White and Kym Johnson, and Fegan and Chelsie Hightower. This left Levy and his dancing double Cheryl Burke to head up the Paso Doble team, along with Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Driver and Peta Murgatroyd.
While Jenkins got a relatively high score of 27/30, judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli weren't overly effusive in their praise. "You could have taken it further to get my juices open," said Tonioli, while Inaba agreed that the duo "could have generated a little more passion, more heat."
Levy was also the big man on the dance floor with his score of 27/30, though Levy is still suffering from his ankle injury of a few weeks ago. Levy's Viennese waltz with Burke was admirable, the judges agreed. "You bring the romance to life," said Inaba. Goodman said that he wasn't "exactly transported to Vienna, but it was close. I was in Austria."
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Driver also held his own with a 27/30 on his own Viennese Waltz. The hard-to-please Goodman actually complimented Driver's technique and footwork, using the word "terrific."
The real success of the evening was Menounos and Hough's Paso, which had Inaba exclaiming that the couple was "on fire" and giving them a perfect score of 10 — along with Goodman and Tonioli. That's right, that means that Extra journalist Menounos scored the first 30/30 of the season.
Fegan, White, and Gilbert performed more lackluster performances, with scores of 25, 24, and an doomed 21, respectively.
Watch to see who gets eliminated on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.
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