Brooke Burke and her partner, Derek Hough, once again jumped to the top of the leaderboard on Monday night’s competition round of “Dancing With the Stars,” but the on-screen couple may not be safe for long.
Despite a foot injury sustained during practice, the model and her partner danced the jitterbug to a near perfect score of 29 out of 30.
“Whatever dance you do Brooke, you come out and you are consistently on top,” judge Len Goodman raved.
“That was an unbelievably stylish rendition of ‘American Graffiti,’” judge Bruno Tonioli stated.
“Can I nit-pick?” judge Carrie Ann Inaba teased. “I can’t! That was amazing.”
But though they were the first couple to net two 10s in one round (from Carrie Ann and Bruno), 18-year-old former “Hannah Montana” star Cody Linley and his partner, Julianne Hough, took on the same dance and also left the judges wide-eyed.
“That was a firebug,” Bruno laughed. “I’m telling you, the frenetic energy was incredible.”
“That was the perfect dance for your personality,” Carrie Ann added. “I think you are just now, giving somebody else a run for the money.”
The two left with the second highest score of the night, a 28 out of 30 after receiving a 10 from Carrie Ann and 9s from both Len and Bruno.
And it was Olympian Maurice Greene and his partner Cheryl Burke, who took the third spot on the leaderboard, netting a 27 out of 30 for their sexy Salsa.
“I knew it was in you,” Carrie Ann screamed as she hugged Maurice following his dance. “That’s the way to do it.
Though she didn’t make the top three, Cloris Leachman had a personal best scoring 21 out of 30, after she and partner Corky Balas thrilled the judges with their salsa.
“I love you Cloris because you’re the first person on the show older than me,” Len laughed. “You came out, you were hotter than a chili pepper. Corky, as always you did a great job… Well done!”
The leaderboard following Monday’s competition was:
Brooke Burke and Derek Hough 29/30
Cody Linley and Julianne Hough 28/30
Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke 27/30
Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson 25/30
Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani 22/30
Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo 22/30
Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer 21/30
Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas 21/30