Mason’s Brant Daugherty earned his first perfect 10 Monday — from head judge Len Goodman — and ended the night with the second-highest score on “Dancing with the Stars.” But it was an imperfect night for the ABC show, which didn’t eliminate any dancer because of a “technical problem” last Monday, when incorrect phone numbers were shown during the live telecast to the Eastern and Central time zones.
“In fairness, we decided to discard all the viewer votes and not eliminate anyone,” explained co-host Tom Bergeron.
Daugherty’s tango with Peta Murgatroyd scored 9s with judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Anaba for a total of 28. The couple earned another 3 points during the group “switch up challenge” to a variety of music, so they finished the night with 31 points. Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Amber Riley topped the night with 32 points each.
Inaba called his Brant’s tango a “perfect-dancing Ken doll.” She said it was “incredible, technique-wise. Tonioli agreed: “Performance-wise, it was your best.
Daugherty said in taped comments before his tango that it was difficult “being vulnerable as yourself.” He also said leaving the competition on the sixth episode tonight — half way through the competition — “would really crush me. I want to do the best I can every single day. And I want to keep doing it next week.”
He will, along with everyone else. One couple will be eliminated next week based on a combination of judges’ scores this week, plus viewers votes tonight.
The rest of the ranking: Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (30), Leah Remini (28), Jack Osbourne and Corbin Bleu (27) and Bill Engall (24).
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