Nabbing a perfect score on Dancing With the Stars is no easy feat. A couple not only has to be flawless on a technical level, but on an entertainment level as well. And those of you who consistently watch the show know that earning praise from Len is almost as rare as finding a 20 dollar bill on the side of the road (possible, but not probable). So when Maria Menounos and Derek Hough crushed it during Classical Night on DWTS, earning the first perfect score of the season with their vampire-themed performance, it was definitely time to celebrate.
In fact, it got us thinking about all the other first-time perfect scores throughout the past 14 seasons. So as a way to honor the ghosts of 10s past, we're counting down past perfect scores and see how they match up to last night's class(ical) act.
If you look closely enough you'll see a distinct pattern: seven out of the thirteen couples who earned the first perfect score actually went on to win the competition entirely. That's more than a 50 percent success rate.
Could Maria and Derek's perfect score be a prediction of their impending win?
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: Season 14
The Extra host danced an intense Paso Doble dressed as a sexy vampire whose impeccable footwork was just as sharp as her fangs. As Carrie Ann made sure to mention, "That didn't suck."
Next: Karina's Trophy Boy.
JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: Season 13 (Winner)
During the eighth week in the competition Martinez wow both the judges and the crowd when he earned two perfect scores in the same night with his elegant Waltz and energy-packed Instant Jive. Forget the Moves Like Jagger — we want the Moves Like JR!
Next: From the Field to the Dance Floor.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: Season 12 (Winner)
Less than a week after Johnson was rushed to the hospital with a severe neck injury, the couple took to the dance floor and performed a remarkable Argentine Tango. Sure, you can choose to chalk it up to a sympathy vote if you want, but there's no denying the pure talent in this video. They deserved every point they earned.
Next: Dirty Dancing At Its Best.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: Season 11 (Winner)
After being provided with the musical selection only 30 minutes before having to perform it, the couple pulled out a sultry, sexy Rumba that left the judges only wanting more. Derek didn't even need to take his shirt off — these two earned those 10s based purely on their dance abilities (though we'd never say no to a shirtless Derek).
Next: Ice, Ice, Baby!
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Season 10
They may have the two most difficult names to say in the competition, but they made outstanding dance partners throughout the entire competition — particularly during Week 8 when they nabbed a perfect score for their passionate Argentine Tango. And though they didn't actually win the Mirrorball trophy, you can tell they gave Nicole Scherzinger and Derek a run for their money.
Next: The '70s Sizzler (and a mustache).
Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: Season 9
During the eighth week in the competition, Mya and Dmitry pulled out all the stops with their '70s Samba and earned a whopping 30/30 from the judges. And while there's no doubt these two have some serious dance skills, I think Dmitry's mustache deserves at least some of the credit here.
Next: Cheryl's Favorite Frenchman.
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: Season 8
After only four weeks into the competition, Gilles and Cheryl received the first 30/30 of the season for their Argentine Tango, tying him with Sabrina Bryan in Season 5 for the earliest perfect score to ever be awarded. And knowing just how strict the judges usually are, that's quite the accomplishment.
Next: From Contestant To Co-host.
Brooke Burke and Derek Hough: Season 7 (Winner)
For those of you who didn't know, Brooke isn't just the co-host of the show, she's also a former competitor (and winner) of DWTS. Her flawless Foxtrot left the judges no choice but to give her the perfect score we all know she deserved. If you can't tell, they were a little excited about it.
Next: Mark's Gliding Gal.
Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas: Season 6 (Winner)
The Olympic figure skater proved that she doesn't only move well on ice when her lively Jive in week 6 earned her and Ballas the first perfect score of the season. The couple proceeded to remain on top of the leaderboard for the duration of the competition and eventually won the oh so-coveted Mirrorball Trophy.
Next: Look Who Hit a Bullseye.
Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas: Season 5
Sabrina and Mark earned a well deserved 30/30 for their Paso Doble in Week 4, which marked the earliest any couple had ever received a perfect score.. well, until Gilles and Cheryl tied them three seasons later. And you've got to hand it to them — it was a really great performance.
Next: Skating To Victory.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough: Season 4 (Winner)
During the fifth week of the competition, the Olympic Gold Medalist proved that he deserved another gold medal in dancing after performing a sexy samba with his dance-partner-turned-movie-star Julianne Hough. Did anyone else forget how cute this guy is?
Next: Livin' La Vida Lopez.
Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff: Season 3
The couple danced an impressive Tango during the ninth week of the competition, proving that they most definitely deserved to stay on the show. And though Emmitt Smith took home the trophy, they actually came in a tie for their final scores, proving the competition that year was tighter than Mario's dance pants.
Next: George Clooney's No. 1 Girl.
Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani: Season 2
The WWE diva managed to wrestle her way to the top of the leaderboard with a sultry Samba in week 5. Forget the wrestling mat — this girl belongs on the dance floor. I'm sure Mr. Clooney would most certainly agree.
Next: The Freestyle Gurus.
Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo: Season 1 (Winner)
And last, but certainly not least, we have Kelly and Alec who earned 10s from all three judges after their Freestyle performance in week 6. This made them the first couple ever to receive a perfect score in the entire history of DWTS. Yeah, I'd go ahead and put that on a resume. (Sidenote: Bruno is in a tux! I forgot just how formal this show used to be).
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Thank goodness for literal titles. Otherwise I might be at a loss to ascertain just what exactly Eat Pray Love is about. Had I been without those three guiding verbs I might have suspected it to be about a forlorn earth-bound angel played by Julia Roberts who travels the world eliciting pearls of wisdom from charming impoverished locals in an effort to earn back her wings. It’s certainly the impression conveyed by the film’s director Ryan Murphy who takes great care to ensure that his ethereal star is never without her amber halo as she floats about in a soft-focus glow. Here’s Julia bathed in golden light and slurping up a pile of spaghetti in Italy. Here’s Julia bathed in golden light and meditating at an ashram in India. Here’s Julia bathed in golden light and charming a toothless medicine man in Bali.
In actuality Roberts plays not a fallen seraph but the very human Elizabeth Gilbert upon whose bestselling memoir the film is based. A successful writer Liz is plagued by nagging doubts about her life’s direction which culminate in a terrifying middle-of-the-night realization that she is in fact desperately unhappy and in need of drastic change. Being a proactive gal she takes immediate action dumping her aimless doofus of a husband (Billy Crudup) and taking up with vapid young actor (James Franco). But his chiseled features and new-age aphorisms fail to relieve her existential languor and so she opts for more drastic measures pulling up stakes entirely and embarking on a year-long sojourn abroad in which she eats prays and loves in that precise order in a quest for self-discovery.
It’s a common cliche to say that a certain city or country is a character in a film shot on location but in the case of Eat Pray Love the settings of Italy India and Bali are not only characters they’re the most interesting characters of the entire ensemble. Which says less about the talents of the film’s cinematographer Robert Richardson than it does about the failings of its director and co-writer Murphy. The lone face that manages to stand out among the lackluster crowd is the always sublime Richard Jenkins who plays an unctuous Texan encountered by Roberts’ meandering malcontent during the "pray" portion of her journey. A sort of Hindu Dr. Phil he plies Liz with plain-spoken spiritual advice that helps to finally wrest her from her malaise.
And what exactly is Liz so sad about? Certainly her old life doesn’t appear all that worth mourning a sentiment inadvertently reinforced by flashbacks to difficult moments in her life which frankly appear more awkward than painful. As far as I could tell her principal emotional burdens are: 1) guilt over her entirely reasonable decision to divorce her doofus husband and 2) regret over her other entirely reasonable decision to ditch the vapid actor who never seemed more than just a brisk rebound fling.
If there’s more to Liz than just a pleasant mildly interesting girl faced a few tricky but eminently solvable issues Murphy isn’t able to convey it. (He does however succeed in finding a dozen different ways to photograph a bowl of spaghetti which I suppose is a kind of accomplishment.) Liz’s journey in Eat Pray Love never feels like more than just a lovely vacation the kind of thing usually commemorated in a Facebook photo album to be perused for a few minutes or so certainly not in a massively expensive (an exact budget number is suspiciously difficult to find) enormously tedious two-hour travelogue.
It's graduation day for Scotty (Scott Mechlowicz) but the celebration comes to an abrupt end when his girlfriend Fiona (Kristin Kreuk) dumps him by blatantly announcing she has been unfaithful to him--over and over again. At a graduation party that night Fiona makes her point by jumping on stage during rockers Lustra's performance of "Scotty Doesn't Know " which goes something like this: "Scotty doesn't know that Fiona and me do it in my van every Sunday..." Dumbfounded Scotty gets drunk and goes home to confide in his Berlin-based computer pen pal Mieke (Jessica Boerhs) who suggests coming to America for a "rendezvous." Scott rudely rebuffs him (and that's putting it mildly) not aware that Mieke is not a guy but actually a really hot high school girl. He tries to make amends but Mieke won't read his e-mails so his pal Cooper (Jacob Pitts) convinces him to go to Berlin and meet her face-to-face. Short on cash they take a cheap courier flight to London where they meet up with twin pals Jenny (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Jamie (Travis Wester) before hopscotching to Amsterdam Bratislava Rome Vatican City and finally Berlin. Of course the chase is always better than the kill and Eurotrip is no different: Whether Scotty gets Mieke is beside the point; the amusement is all in the journey there. Who knew for example that you could spend the night in a five star hotel and partake in a night of clubbing in Eastern Europe on $1.87 U.S.-and still have 27 cents left over when it's all over?
Newcomer Mechlowicz is perfectly cast as the lead here playing a character that is simple-minded daring sympathetic and charming. But it's Mechlowicz's personal spin--his bewildered expressions--that really nails the role for him whether he is witnessing the twins accidentally making out on the dance floor in a drunken stupor or waking up to find a strange passenger cozying up to him on a train. As his buddy Cooper Pitts (K-19: The Widowmaker) plays the wisecracker of the bunch and although he doesn't go over the top with the crassness there is a little too much David Spade influence in his delivery (and the similar haircuts don't help the matter either). Like the rest of the cast Wester is careful not to typecast his character Jamie a meticulous planner who can't travel without Frommer's by loosening him up slightly. Jamie for example knows when it's time do drop the book and experiment even if it means nude sunbathing. Trachtenberg (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) also infuses her twin character Jenny with the perfect blend of sexuality and innocence. The result is a cast of mishmash characters that are just so darn likeable. Look for a surprise cameo from Matt Damon as well as small but hilarious performances from Vinnie Jones as Mad Maynard a Manchester United soccer hooligan; Lucy Lawless as S&M mistress Madame Vandersexxx; and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen credited as "the creepy Italian guy."
Jeff Schaffer makes his directorial debut here from a screenplay co-written with his longtime partners scribes Alec Berg and David Mandel. And ads touting it as a comedy "from producers of Road Trip and Old School " may be exactly what Eurotrip a comedy starring relative unknowns needs to draw the coveted teen crowd. After all Ivan Reitman the producer responsible for catapulting low budget comedies into box-office gold territory has secured quite a following--and fans won't be let down with this latest offering. Unlike its predecessors Eurotrip isn't afraid to be crass and while the characters are sweet the storyline is anything but. In this Euro-centric tale writing trio Schaffer Berg and Mandel proudly embrace every stereotype imaginable but do so at the expense of the inexperienced foursome which makes the material funny rather than offensive. Nude beaches the young Americans discover aren't necessarily packed with hot gorgeous women and Amsterdam's sex industry isn't exactly the stuff young male fantasies are made of. With one hilarious gag after another as well as funky map graphics with dotted lines that transport viewers from city to city the film maintains its fast-moving pace throughout. Surprisingly the film was shot entirely on location in the Czech Republic with Prague doubling as London Paris Berlin Amsterdam Rome Vatican City Bratislava--and even Hudson Ohio with landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower the Coliseum and Big Ben added using CGI. Accompanied by an awesome soundtrack featuring Lutsra's "Scotty Doesn't Know " Chapeaumelon's "My Generation" and The Salads "Get Loose " this film succeeds on all levels.