Maria Menounos Earns First Perfect Score on Dancing With the Stars

Entertainment Apr. 30, 2012 AT 10:10PM
Maria Menounos starring in "Dancing with the Stars" Maria Menounos starring in "Dancing with the Stars" Credit: ABC/BOB D'AMICO

Maria Menounos crushed the competition Monday on Dancing With the Stars earning the first perfect score of the season with her vampire-themed performance.

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Monday was classical night and contestants performed both an individual routine as well as a team dance. But Menounos and her partner Derek Hough's perfect Paso Doble put them out of reach from their competition.

The Extra host dressed as a sexy vampire wearing fangs and lacy red dress. Menounos said the heated performance demonstrated the nature of her relationship with Hough. "He loves me but sometimes he wants to kill me," Menounos, 33, explained during rehearsal shedding some tears.

Hough, 26, admitted, "I definitely get frustrated with Maria sometimes." But they used that dynamic to give a very strong performance that even ended with Menounos biting Hough's neck.

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"That didn't suck," judge Carrie Ann Inaba joked after their performance. "You were so on fire. Katherine [Jenkins] has been in the lead for the girls but she better watch her back."

Judge Len Goodman said their performance was as "crisp as a Pringle." He added, "I loved it. Fantastic."

"Queen of the night," judge Bruno Tonioli said. "Seriously, the structure of this dance...was absolutely spellbinding." 

After the performance, Menounos said, "This has been the most amazing experience of my life...I love this man so much. That's all anybody needs to know. I love him so much."

And the judges revealed Menounos' tears were worth it and awarded her a perfect 30/30!

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The contestants then formed into two teams to compete in the team dance. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, William Levy and Cheryl Burke and Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were in Team Paso. Jenkins and Mark Ballas, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, Jaleel White and Kym Johnson and Menounos and Hough were in Team Tango.

Although the audience disagreed, Team Tango won with 27/30 points and Team Paso earned 26/30. With the added points, Menounos stayed in first place with 57/60, Jenkins was in second with 54/60, and Levy and Drive tied for third with 53/60. Fegan fell shortly behind earning 52/60. White was second to last with 51/60 and Gilbert was last with 47/60.

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