04/15/2013 AT 10:00 PM ET
“Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight,” host Tom Bergeron said at the start of Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. “My heart is with you.”
After opening the show with those somber words of support for those affected by the tragedy in Boston, Dancing’s hosts, judges, celebrities and professional dancers went ahead with the performance show, which featured Len Goodman’s side-by-side challenge.
They remaining couples had to perform routines simultaneously with another pair of professionals – a tough task for all the dancers. But one pair managed to pull off the first 10s of season 16.
Frontrunner Zendaya, 16, and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, gave the judges just what they wanted with a near flawless Argentine tango that landed them with 29 points out of 30.
“Every move you do has a story,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the Disney starlet, who was joined for the routine by Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Maksim, and another pro sitting out this season, Anna Trebunskaya. “It’s like watching stylized life happen and I love it.”
“It was like a lemon tart,” said Len, who gave them the only 9. “Sharp and tangy at the top. Crisp and tasty and the bottom.”
Fellow frontrunner, Kellie Pickler also wowed the judges with a foxtrot with partner Derek Hough. They earned 27 points.
“You’ve blossomed by working with another set of pros … That was fabulous,” Inaba said.
“That wasn’t a foxtrot, that was a hot trot,” Len said. “You put the ‘oo’ in smooth.”