Country singer Kellie Pickler reached a new peak on last night's episode of Dancing With The Stars, receiving her first perfect tens from the judges.
Week 6 was "Stevie Wonder Week" on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, on which the music legend himself performed live on the show, joined by Country star Hunter Hayes. All of the eight remaining couples danced to Stevie Wonder hits - first in individual routines, then as members of dance teams.
For her first routine, Kellie Picker and partner Derek Hough danced a quickstep to Wonder's classic hit "Part Time Lover" a routine which head judge Len Goodman praised as "the best dance I've seen on Season 16." Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli each awarded Pickler a perfect ten, while Carrie Ann Inaba gave her a nine, bringing her total to a near-perfect 29 out of 30. Inaba criticized Pickler for a "some space in your hold," but Goodman and Tonioli disagreed, claiming that a slight loss of body contact is inevitable in a quickstep routine of such speed and intensity.
After her individual routines, Pickler performed a Team Samba routine along with fellow celebrity competitors Sean Lowe, Andy Dick, and Aly Raisman. The Team Samba routine received 25 out of 30 judges' points, giving Pickler a total of 54 out of 60 points for the night, and placing her at the top of the judges leader board for the third time this season.
Tune into tonight's results show at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/ 8:00 Central to see who goes home in this week's elimination. Watch next Monday night's show at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/ 7:00 Central to see if Pickler can capture her first perfect thirty.