"Dancing With the Stars" finally had its Nadia Comaneci moment last night. And just like that Olympic gymnast was the first female to be awarded a perfect score of 10, Maria Menounos earned the first perfect 30 on last night’s spectacular show. And boy did she earn it!
Sure, it’s not the first time a contestant has earned a perfect score, but Menounos was the first to earn a coveted 10 from critical judge Len Goodman this season.
Let’s break it down. Monday was Classical Night. Contestants performed an individual routine in addition to a team dance. Menounos and partner Derek Hugh performed the Paso Doble.
The orchestra started playing the stirring "Montagues and Capulets" by Prokofiev. Wearing a black military-looking jacket open to his bare chest, Derek Hough began dancing across the stage not with a rose for his lady, but a wooden stake. Hmmmm. Something’s different here!
Then Menounos, in a slinky red lace dress with a dramatic high collar, bared her teeth to reveal vampire fangs. She tossed away Hough’s stake. They began to dance with such perfection and passion that it seemed a shame when Menounos bit Hough on the neck and he toppled to the floor. She even dragged him from the stage! Now that’s how you end a Paso Doble people! Bite your partner and clear the dance floor of the body. Are you taking notes?
“That didn’t suck, my friend,” commented judge Carrie Ann Inaba, with the understatement of the evening. “You were so on fire! I gotta tell you, Katherine [Jenkins] has been in the lead for the girls but she better watch her back ‘cause you’re coming at her.”
“Sharp as a razor! Crisp as a Pringle. And more tension than my grandmother’s knicker elastic,” raved judge Len Goodman. Please buy your grandmother some new knickers, because that sounds painful.
“The queen of the damned is the queen of the night. Bite me right now!” exclaimed judge Bruno Tonioli, so excited he could barely get the words out. “The way you built the tension and the storytelling – the way you two play together – was absolutely spell-binding.”
No surprise that this earned the pair a perfect 30/30.
As for the others, no one could top that score.
The contestants then formed into two teams; Team Paso had Melissa Gilbert/Maksim Chmerkovskiy, William Levy/Cheryl Burke, and Donald Driver/Peta Murgatroyd and Team Tango had Katherine Jenkins/Mark Ballas, Roshon Fegan/Chelsie Hightower, Jaleel White/Kym Johnson, and Menounos /Hough.
Team Tango won, keeping Menounos in first pace. That left Jenkins second, Levy and Drive tied at third, followed by Fegan, White and Gilbert dead last.
Quite a night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Queen of the Night, Maria Menounos, must feel on top of the world today.