Three’s a crowd?
Hardly for one competitor, who snagged the season’s first perfect 30-point score on Dancing with the Stars on Monday.
The trio of 10s came appropriately enough on threesome night, when the stars each teamed up with two pros for the second round of dances.
The trio dances added complexity and sass – and at one point had one judge melting down in an angry clash with his colleagues.
It was teen TV star Zendaya’s night, as she sparkled in a sprightly salsa with regular partner Val Chmerkovskiy joined by Gleb Savchenko that had judges showering them the top score possible.
“It was a star turn – sizzling and dazzling and amazing,” said judge Bruno Tonioli.
Following an impressive 28-point foxtrot, she finished atop the leader board with 58.
For a few moments it looked like Kellie Pickler‘s brooding paso doble with Derek Hough and Tristan MacManus would match Zendaya’s strong effort.
Carrie Ann Inaba and Tonioli lavished 10s, but Len Goodman heaped only scorn – and a 7 – as he argued with the others in a finger-pointing display. Normally the most reserved of the judges, Goodman at one point seemed to make a crude reference to part of Tonioli’s anatomy.
When it was over, Tom Bergeron quipped, “Someone hose them down.”
Pickler finished the night in the middle of the pack with 55.
In other performances:
• Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman followed her impressive outing last week, when she got a pair of 10s, with a fiery tango capped by a nifty threesome jive, for a total of 56 points.
• NFL player Jacoby Jones scorched the ballroom with a threesome paso doble with Karina Smirnoff and Cheryl Burke, though the judges said his power and enthusiasm was undone by problems with his technique. He finished with 52 points.
• Soap star Ingo Rademacher, who nearly got eliminated last week, continued to struggle, a better-than-average foxtrot followed by a creaky jive for a total of 48 points.
• Bachelor Sean Lowe also risks elimination Tuesday with a pair of foot-fumbling dances – “It was a big ugly,” said Goodman in his one understatement of the night – leaving Lowe at the bottom with 42 points.