Dancing with the Stars Summary: The Waltz, the Paso Doble, the Nearly Perfect Score

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One point.

Just one measly point.

That's all that separated Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini from their second consecutive perfect score on last night's Dancing with the Stars.

Despite being told by Carrie Ann Inaba that their Paso Doble "almost brought tears" to her eyes, and despite Bruno Tonioli's raves that it "was more than a dance, [it] was a battle for supremacy," the couple was denied another 30 because Len Goodman referred to the routine as "hectic."

No matter. Burke and Marini still sit atop this week's leaderboard. Here's a look at last night's scores:

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: 29
  • Lil' Kim and Derek Hough: 26
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 26
  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 25
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough: 23
  • David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower: 21
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska: 20
  • Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer: 18
Steve-O, Lacey Schwimmer on Stage
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Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer have had fun this season, while Derek Hough and Lil Kim are all business. Read more about each couple's most recent performance via this Dancing with the Stars recap.


Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente