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    Posted: 14 May 2013 at 09:58

Perfect ten! Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff score big on Dancing With The Stars despite pro dancer's injury threatening their performance

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 07:22, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 07:50, 14 May 2013

It was the night Dancing With The Stars turned into dancing with perfection.

As the latest season entered the semi finals, four of the five remaining dance teams had performances getting perfect tens from all three judges.

Only General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher failed to land himself a perfect score, but he was the first to admit he was amazed to even be in the competition still - and thrilled to get his first nines of the season.


A night for celebration: Monday's Dancing With The Stars semi finals saw four of the five remaining dance teams, including Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, earn perfect scores

But the amazing night of perfection makes it even harder for viewers to pick between Jacoby Jones, Alexander Raisman, country singer Kellie Pickler and Disney star Zendaya Coleman.

Likely to win the popular vote is American football star Jacoby because his perfect score - and his first 10 - came after his pro dance partner Karina Smirnoff had been hospitalised after a fall in rehearsals.

Karina had landed on to the footballer's back during a lift, injuring her jaw.


Comeback kids: American football star Jacoby landed a perfect score - and his first 10 - after his partner Karina had been hospitalised after a fall


Very painful: The dance pro was unable to move after landing on to the footballer's back, injuring her jaw during rehearsals

'When she got hurt everything went out the window, the competition I didn't care about no more - I just wanted her health to be right,' Jacoby said later, his voice cracking with emotion from the accident that luckily she bounced back from.

But the pain came with some serious gain as their tango left the judges in awe.

Bruno Tonioli summed their dance: 'Oh you two animals - the sexual tension was unbearable! It was so slick and so clean, you were like a prowling predator. Best performance ever from you.'


You're hot: Carrie Ann could barely contain her excitement for the footballer's sexy moves


Winning despite the pain: In what became a common sight during the night all three judges (L-R) Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli gave tens


So proud: Jacoby's mother Emily London Jones ran into the aisle waving her own 10 score card

Jacoby's mother Emily London Jones added to the entertainment, first by crying 'happy tears' of joy - and then by running into the aisle waving her own 10 score card.

The first perfect score of the night came with the very first performance, Kellie's tango with Derek Hough.

Their dance started with a dramatic image of them shown only in shadow behind a giant red screen - and ended with a series of spectacular spins.


Red hot: The first perfect score of the night came from Kellie Picker and Derek Hough's tango that started with a dramatic silhouette image of them in black and red


Saucy: The pair got so close and sexy Kellie got lipstick on Derek's nose and he explained saying 'We got really passionate'

'Welcome to the world of the sublime!' judge Bruno told them. 'It really was. It was like watching two people becoming one - it was perfection. '

Carrie Ann Inaba said it was 'absurd that you can obtain that level of perfection' in mere weeks.

They were most worried about Len Goodman, who had stung them with harsh criticism and a seven the previous week.


Blown away: The judges said the pair had reached 'absurd' levels of perfection


Close but no cigar: For their second dance, a flamenco Derek danced shirtless with braces and a cowboy hat but they did not get a perfect score

But Len insisted that 'what's happened in the past is of no consequence, the competition start tonight. And I tell you that was a mix of pride and joy - pride in the technique, joy in the performance. Close the door, call me Mary - that was fantastic.'

For their second dance, a flamenco - which Derek danced shirtless with braces and a cowboy hat - Len gave another 10. However the other two judges them nines.

Next to land 10s across the board, was Olympic gymnast Aly and partner Mark Ballas with a romantic rumba, which had Carrie Ann gushing: 'You were all woman out there!'


Perfectly poised: Also landing tens was gymnast Aly Raisman and partner Mark Ballas with a romantic rumba


'Queen of the jungle' : The pair also performed a difficult Afro jazz routine

She added: 'I cannot believe the maturity of your performances now - the drama, the beauty, the lines, the sensuality all of it. '

For her next dance, an Afro jazz number for which they wore tribal-inspired costumes, Bruno called her 'Queen of the jungle' and gave her a 10, as did Carrie Ann who called it 'ridiculous' and added: 'You were guys were perfect - it was just fantastic.'

But Len again the perfect score, giving a 9 saying he would like to have seen them 'more connected'.


No checkered flag: As the only couple to previously get a perfect score, the expectation that Disney star Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy would continue the trend but their racing themed dance which landed them two eights and a nine


On your marks: The pair started their dance in Go Carts

As the only couple to previously get a perfect score, the expectation that Disney star Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy would continue the trend - but initially they seemed destined to fail spectacularly with their racing themed dance which landed them two eights and a nine.

'That was kind of a mess,' Carrie Ann told them to loud boos from the audience, adding that they were 'out of sync' and 'missed a few steps'.

But Zendaya and Val got to make up for it by the end of the night with a stunning hip hop performance that had the judges enthralled.


Nice recovery: Zendaya and Val got their perfect score thanks to a stunning hip hop performance that had the judges enthralled

It was all the more spectacular because the tables were completely turned - with Zendaya having danced hip hop from a young age but Val having no experience at all.

Len praised its 'cheekiness' and 'fun' and called it 'fantastic', while Carrie Ann told her: 'I'm just waiting for your album to come out and I'm going to be your biggest number one fan.'

While he may be shocked they are still in the competition - and failed to match up to the other dancers - soap star Ingo gave it his all in his and partner Kym Johnson's second dance, the Charleston.


Excited losers: General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher failed to land himself a perfect score, but he was the first to admit he was amazed to even be in the competition still - and thrilled to get his first nines of the season


Roaring Twenties: Going all Great Gatsby to do a Charleston the star and partner Kim Johnson got all nines

Going all Great Gatsby the couple got all nines - Ingo's highest scores of the season.

'It was like that champagne - bubbly and full of fizz,' Len told him. 'And the semi final - good time to do your best dance.'

As well as the dances, viewers also got to see insights into the semi finalists backgrounds.

The most moving story was former Idol star Kellie who endured severe hardship growing up in Albemarle, North Carolina.

Abandoned by her mother when she was very young, Kellie's husband Kyle Jacobs said: 'She had a father who suffered severe alcohol and drug addiction and was incarcerated a good amount of her life growing up. So she grew up pretty much with her grandparents.


Growing strong: The viewers also got to see insights into the semi finalists backgrounds including the moving tale of former Idol star Kellie, seen here as a baby, who endured severe hardship growing up in Albemarle, North Carolina


She's a battler: Kellie's husband Kyle Jacobs revealed she had been abandoned by her mother when she was very young and her father was in and out of prison

'Kellie's been through a lot in her life. But that little five foot nothing little girl has conquered mountains - and I think this is just another mountain. I think she might make it to the top,' he said.

But grandfather Clyde Pickler Snr insisted: 'For the situation she was in, she's never let it get her down.'

Father Clyde 'Bo' Pickler was in prison when she was on American Idol. 'That's when I got the letter. ''Dad you're not going to believe this,''' he recalled.

He then welled up as he said: 'I remember her telling me when I was at my bottom, "Daddy it's going to get better, it's going to be OK". The love and the bond between us has never wavered. I mean there's been hard times - but she's always shown my unconditional, undefiled love.'


His rock: Her father Clyde 'Bo' Pickler broke down talking about the dancer's support

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