updated 11/07/2011 AT 9:35 PM ET
•originally published 11/07/2011 AT 10:15 PM ET
On a night of strong performances, one duo stood tall above the rest on Dancing with the Stars Monday, receiving the best scores the judges could hand out and standing ovations in the ballroom.
The stellar display overshadowed what would have been impressive dances by the competition – except for one pair who are at risk of elimination. Read on to find out who’s impressing and who’s at risk.
Ten-hut! Iraq war vet J.R. Martinez and pro partner Karina Smirnoff could not be stopped, getting the season’s first perfect scores of 30 points – twice!
Their first scores of 10 from each of the three judges came in the first round for their waltz, bringing the audience to its feet.
“It was like a musical Valentine card,” gushed Bruno Tonioli. “You dance with your heart on your sleeve. It was divine.”