Dancing with the Stars Delivers Season's First Perfect 30

04/30/2012 at 09:55 PM EDT

Dancing with the Stars Recap: First Perfect 30 of Season
Derek Hough and Maria Menounos
With the competition so fierce, it was bound to happen.

One couple scored a perfect 30 on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night for a paso doble that Bruno Tonioli called "spellbinding." Read on for more.

Maria Menounos wore fangs in the vampire-themed dance with pro partner Derek Hough to a standing ovation – and the season's first trio of 10s.

"Maria, the queen of the damned was the queen of the night," gushed Tonioli.



But close behind them on classical night were three pairs who each picked up 27 points, making this year's race for the mirror ball trophy one of the closest ever.



Katherine Jenkins continued to impress with a 27-point rumba with Mark Ballas that Len Goodman called "a classic."

They were tied with William Levy and Cheryl Burke, whose waltz won raves from Carrie Ann Inaba as "true dancing," and Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, with a waltz that Goodman called "terrific."

At the other end was Melissa Gilbert, who recovered from a head injury only to see her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy hobbled by a cyst to the ankle. Their clunky tango got the night's lowest score of 21.

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower got a 25 for their tango while Jaleel White and Kym Johson scored 24 points for their waltz.



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