updated 10/17/2011 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/17/2011 AT 10:20 PM ET
It was ’80s night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, but did any of this season’s contestants score a much-coveted perfect score: 30?
Not quite – but J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff came quite close, dancing their way to 28 points (and the top of the leader board) thanks to a sultry samba.
“You are like a shattering sex machine,” Bruno Tonioli, who awarded the couple a perfect 10, told Martinez. “You’re like a volcano!”
Last week’s top-scorer, Ricki Lake, fell down a few notches this week, earning a total of 24 points for her foxtrot. “It didn’t jell,” Tonioli told her. And Len Goodman scolded, “Your footwork was a little hit and miss. Having said that, it wasn’t your best dance, but it wasn’t your worst.”
The night’s other high scorers included David Arquette, with 25 points, and Rob Kardashian, who also received a 25. He and Cheryl Burke danced a rumba to Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” “You were sexy as heck,” Carrie Ann Inaba told Kardashian after the dance, “even in a bright green shirt.”
Nancy Grace was pleasantly surprised by her score, even if she looked a bit worried immediately after her performance. In total, she earned 22 points for her rumba – and even nabbed 8 points from Bruno, who said, “I think it was your best performance.”
Said Grace: “I’m so happy to get one 8, I don’t even know what to do. I need to go lie down!”
Chaz Bono also rebounded this week with 21 points for his samba.
Other notable moments from Monday’s show:
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s tango to “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi earned 24 points from the judges. “I like the aggression and attack you put into it,” Len Goodman said, after awarding the couple an 8.
Unfortunately, Carson Kressly had another disappointing week. While the judges praised his personality, his jive wasn’t exactly their favorite dance of the night. Kressly scored 19, as Inaba told him: “I just didn’t see much technique anywhere. And I’m really trying.”