updated 05/21/2012 AT 9:30 PM ET
•originally published 05/21/2012 AT 9:40 PM ET
Only one will win the mirror-ball trophy after Tuesday night’s results show. See how they fared Monday night.
The ballroom was afire – judges gave out four perfect 30-point scores and two 29-point scores for the evening’s six dances.
The team to beat: opera singer Jenkins and pro partner Mark Ballas.
They first landed a 30 for a paso doble that Bruno Tonioli called “lush, lustrous art,” then got another 30 for their 20’s-themed freestyle that left Carrie Ann Inaba breathless.
“That was a dance of a champion,” she said. “You are a champion.”
Close behind, as usual, was actor Levy and partner Cheryl Burke, who performed a 30-point cha cha that Len Goodman proclaimed “as good as I’ve ever seen in 14 seasons.”
They just missed with their 29-point freestyle – Tonioli and Inaba gave them 10s, but Goodman knocked off a point, calling the hip-shaking routine “predictable.”
Also in the running are football star Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd, whose tango missed a perfect score only because of the nine from the ever-critical Goodman, who said the dance was “a tad careful.”
But they stormed back with a dance that could put them in front: a dazzling Western-themed freestyle with stunning lifts and turns. The judges gave it 30 perfect points and unrestrained praise. “This is by far my favorite dance tonight,” said Inaba.