updated 05/15/2012 AT 9:30 AM ET
•originally published 05/14/2012 AT 9:55 PM ET
With the competition down its fierce final days, and perfect 10s flying in the ballroom, the pressure at Dancing with the Stars finally took its toll on one leading contender.
A seemingly minor misstep at the end of a solid-scoring routine left Katherine Jenkins in tears Monday night in one of the most dramatic moments of the season.
At the end of a glorious salsa – their second routine – Jenkins seemed to stumble, a mistake that barely troubled judges, who awarded a trio of nines to the singer and dancing pro Mark Ballas.