Adam Taylor/ABC
October 17, 2011 10:20 PM

It was ’80s night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, but did any of this season’s contestants score a much-coveted perfect score: 30?

Not quite – but J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff came quite close, dancing their way to 28 points (and the top of the leader board) thanks to a sultry samba.

“You are like a shattering sex machine,” Bruno Tonioli, who awarded the couple a perfect 10, told Martinez. “You’re like a volcano!”

Last week’s top-scorer, Ricki Lake, fell down a few notches this week, earning a total of 24 points for her foxtrot. “It didn’t jell,” Tonioli told her. And Len Goodman scolded, “Your footwork was a little hit and miss. Having said that, it wasn’t your best dance, but it wasn’t your worst.”

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The night’s other high scorers included David Arquette, with 25 points, and Rob Kardashian, who also received a 25. He and Cheryl Burke danced a rumba to Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” “You were sexy as heck,” Carrie Ann Inaba told Kardashian after the dance, “even in a bright green shirt.”

Nancy Grace was pleasantly surprised by her score, even if she looked a bit worried immediately after her performance. In total, she earned 22 points for her rumba – and even nabbed 8 points from Bruno, who said, “I think it was your best performance.”

Said Grace: “I’m so happy to get one 8, I don’t even know what to do. I need to go lie down!”

Chaz Bono also rebounded this week with 21 points for his samba.

Other notable moments from Monday’s show:

• Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s tango to “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi earned 24 points from the judges. “I like the aggression and attack you put into it,” Len Goodman said, after awarding the couple an 8.

• Unfortunately, Carson Kressly had another disappointing week. While the judges praised his personality, his jive wasn’t exactly their favorite dance of the night. Kressly scored 19, as Inaba told him: “I just didn’t see much technique anywhere. And I’m really trying.”

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