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It was an emotional semifinals night on Dancing with the Stars as two couples scored a perfect 30 and one took a tiny misstep that could very well cost them the competition!
With the final just one week away -- and the remaining contestants all believable contenders for the mirror ball trophy -- the pressure was on to perform. Once again, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough were on the mark, particularly with their effortless and super-sexy Argentine tango, which earned them a trio of 10s. "Titillating, enticing ... absolutely fabulous," judge Bruno Tonioli gushed. For their second dance, Maria and Derek scored a 29, making them the front-runners going into the results show.
Cuban heartthrob William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke also received a perfect score for their second routine of the night (their tango earlier in the night received a 28), a sizzling samba even head judge Len Goodman loved. "I've never looked at a man's bum for so long in my life." he joked.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, however, had a tiny stumble at the end of an otherwise flawless samba routine. Their error didn't trouble the judges too much, but it took its toll on the Welsh singer. They received a 27.
"That was just fantastic," Carrie Ann Inaba said. "I'm sorry at the end. But I just love seeing you push your boundaries."
A tearful Jenkins apologized to her partner for her odd misstep. "I'm sorry, Mark," she told her partner.
Always consistent NFL player Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd delivered another pair of fine performances, scoring a 28 for their first-round tango and a 29 (including two 10s!) for their second-round samba.
"I just thought that was A-plus," Inaba told them.
With only three points separating the night's dancers, anything could happen Tuesday night leading up to finals week!
The leaderboard after semifinals night:
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: (30+29) 59
William Levy & Cheryl Burke: (28 + 30) 58
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd: (28+29) 57
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas: (29+27) 56
Watch Maria and Derek's perfect tango!