"Dancing with the Stars" pro dancer Mark Ballas and his partner Bristol Palin may have already been eliminated from this season's all-stars competition, but that didn't stop the 26-year-old pro from nabbing a coveted perfect score this week!
Ballas stepped in for his injured "brother" Derek Hough for this week's fusion dance, ultimately teaming up with his former partner Shawn Johnson for a tango/paso combo that had the judges mesmerized. Len Goodman even quipped: "That was a firecracker -- the tango was the fizz, and then the paso doble was the explosion!"
The result was perfect tens from all three judges, but Hough isn't at all jealous that his girl got her first perfect score of the season with her former partner and not him.
After the show, Hough told reporters, "I was happy because it was part of the process but for me, all season long I felt really strongly about our performances regardless of the scores and this week we dedicated to doing choreography that was clean, that was more traditional and that flowed from one routine to the next and I think that paid off tonight and they got three tens."
The other scores of the night:
Apolo Ohno and partner Karina Smirnoff -- Cha Cha/Paso Doble Fusion, 27 points
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke -- Rumba/Samba Fusion, 27.5 points
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy -- Cha Cha/Foxtrot Fusion, 27 points
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd -- Argentine tango/Samba Fusion, 28.5 points
Swing Dance Chance
Also on tap for last night? A four-minute swing dance marathon that had the remaining seven couples dropping like flies and earning bonus points in the process. Melissa Rycroft and pro dancer Tony Dovolani won that one, adding a whopping 10 points to their 29-point cha cha/tango fusion dance score. Seriously, Tony never looked happier!
It was four minutes of super fast dancing had the couples pulling off their best moves as they tried to dodge elimination and nab the 10-point booty. Kirstie and Maks were the first couple to go.
Maks told E Online, " I'm very happy, it's just been a very emotional week. [Kirstie] can't do wrong by me."
"I'm in the tired club this week. This week was crazy," Kirstie added.
Swing Dance Marathon Elimination Order and Scores
2. Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd -- 5 points added
3. Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff -- 6 points added
4. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke -- 7 points added
5. Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas -- 8 points added
6. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 9 points added
7. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani -- 10 points added
With no elimination this week due to the presidential election, next week it will be a double booting, so it's important to vote -- for the next president and the next mirror ball champion!
The next episode of "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" airs on 11/12 at 8 PM ET on ABC.
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