The number 10 paddles got a workout Monday night on "Dancing with the Stars," as the judges doled out a slew of perfect scores on this week's dancing competition. But if that wasn't a big enough twist, there was also the show's first-ever trio dances. That meant the return of popular pro dancers like Karina Smirnoff and Tristan MacManus-- and a closer look at several members of the "DWTS" dance troupe.
So who scored at the top of the leaderboard this week? You may be surprised!
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd -- TangoDid we have a winner at the very first dance? After this aggressive tango, Judge Len Goodman said "Ding, dong, Donald, a first round knockout!" But the 10 paddles weren't coming out yet (bummer to be the first couple to dance!) Score: 27 out of 30
Trio Dance with Karina Smirnoff-- JiveYes, a jive with three people is strange, but that's the assignment. Of course Bruno Tonioli had to get an innuendo in there with: "It's so hard keeping in sync in a threesome, I tell you." Carrie Ann Inaba loved the three-way and gave the Green Bay Packer his first ever 10. Score: 28 out of 30. Leaderboard Total: 55 out of 60
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough -- Viennese WaltzMaria Menounos and Derek Hough had a rough time in rehearsals (Derek later said he was a "little bit of a jerk"), but their bittersweet ballroom sessions paid off. Their waltz was heavenly, according to Bruno. Menounos got all emotional during the judges' critique, saying, "I loved this dance, I loved the music, and I love dancing with [Derek]." Carrie Ann pointed out that something magical is happening between them-something besides the dance. But Len put a damper on this love fest by complaining that there wasn't enough dancing in hold. Score: 28 out of 30
Trio Dance with Henry Byalikov -- SambaTalk about a trio of abs! This threesome brought Bollywood to the ballroom, and the judges agreed it was a good number, creatively. Carrie Ann called it "a feast for my Asian senses." But the slip-ups could not be overlooked and Len grumbled, "If I was judging a Bollywood number it would be a 10, but I'm judging a samba." Score: 25 out of 30. Ouch. Leaderboard Total: 53 out of 60.
Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy -- Foxtrot"Little House on the Prairie" star Melissa Gilbert and her partner Maks Chmerkovskiy took on a foxtrot to Rod Stewart's "Maggie May," but not before another tumultuous rehearsal session that had Maks spewing profanities and threatening to punch something. But when it came to show time, Carrie Ann praised the star: "Your shoulders were down!" And she added: "That was your best dance ever!" But Len couldn't overlook a few mess ups. Score: 24 out of 30.
Trio Dance with Val Chmerkovskiy-- SambaMelissa should have gotten a 10 just for dancing with two Chmerkovskiys! She didn't get the double digit score paddle, but she did get a trio of 9s, her highest score ever! And Bruno even called her Miss Rita Hayworth. Score: 27 out of 30. Leaderboard Total: 51 out of 60.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas -- Viennese WaltzKatherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas dazzled with an elegant waltz, but the judges didn't completely agree on how it played out. Carrie Ann even said Katherine was off balance. The couple ended up with their first 8-which is a low score for them-- and surprisingly it was from Carrie Ann! Score: 26 out of 30.
Trio Dance With Tristan MacManus-- Cha ChaKatherine got a little tripped up with this dance, when her pants got caught on the bottom of her shoe. She didn't miss a beat until she found the perfect time to kick it off, and the judges didn't even ding her for it! Score: 29 out of 30. Leaderboard Total: 55 out of 60.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower -- FoxtrotThe Disney star had the night of his life! After being saddled with the dance duel last week, Roshon Fegan brought in reinforcements: his grandmas! Their support must have really helped him because this kid danced better than he has in weeks. Bruno liked the '50s style routine and quipped that Fegan was like "a young Mickey Rooney." But Len gave Fegan the compliment of the night. After calling the couple "two little dancing munchkins" he added, "Good job, Dawg!" Score: 29 out of 30 (that's two 10s!)
Trio Dance With Sasha Farber -- Paso DobleThere was a lot going on with this dance -- and a definite bromance brewing-- but Len said it best of the guys, who were dressed as two matadors: "You were like two skinny fries chasing the ketchup." Score: 27 out of 30. Leaderboard Total: 56 out of 60, which was the highest score of the night. Until…..
William Levy and Cheryl Burke-- Foxtrot
William Levy and Cheryl Burke did a foxtrot to the "Stray Cat Strut." One word to describe it: Meow. Actually, Carrie Ann gave it three meows. And Bruno told the Latin actor, "You heartbreaker! you couldn't be more debonair and suave if you tried. I hate you even more!" (Hate is such a strong word, Bruno!) Score: 30 out of 30.
Trio Dance With Tony Dovolani -- Paso DobleHola, Zorro! Yes, just when you thought William Levy couldn't get any more smoldering, he pulls a Zorro mask out of his bag of tricks. The crowd-- and the judges-- went nuts. Score: 27 out of 30. Leaderboard Total: 57 out of 60.
Tonight: After all that hard work, it's double elimination time.
You can catch the "Dancing With the Stars" Season 14 results on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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