‘DWTS’ Maria & Derek Earn All 10s: Perfect Scores Throughout the Seasons

dancing with the starsNabbing 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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