Laurie Hernandez Nails Epic Michael Jackson Routine on 'DWTS,' Earns Season's First Perfect Score

by Zach Seemayer 8:31 PM PDT, October 03, 2016
Playing Laurie Hernandez Nails Epic Michael Jackson Routine on 'DWTS,' Earns Season's First Perfect Score

Laurie Hernandez continues to dominate the Dancing With the Stars stage, earning the season's first perfect score on Monday with an amazing tribute to Michael Jackson.

It was Cirque du Soleil week on DWTS and the Olympic gold medalist and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, showed off her wild side with an absolutely flawless jazz routine set to the King of Pop's "The Way You Make Me Feel," which blew the judges way.

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Inspired by Cirque's best-selling show, Michael Jackson ONE, Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy did what so many before have failed to pull off: perfectly emulate Jackson's epic stage presence.

The 16-year-old Olympic gymnast rocked a hot pink mini-dress while her 30-year-old pro-partner did his best to keep up as Hernandez absolutely slayed.

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Judge Julianne Hough couldn’t contain her excitement over Hernandez's amazing routine, telling her that Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, "but you are the Queen of the Ballroom!"

Judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba were equally thrilled. Inaba praised the pair for their raw energy and perfect execution with "every move perfectly defined."

The pair were speaking with DWTS co-host Erin Andrews when the judges held up three '10' cards, giving the couple the first perfect score of season 23, and Hernandez could not contain her shock and excitement.

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ET's Nischelle Turner caught up with Hernandez backstage after the show, where she opened up about her acclaimed performance.

"I felt like I was in a real-life music video!" she exclaimed. The routine, which incorporated acrobatics and several moving set pieces, was one of the season's most memorable yet.

As for her perfect score, Hernandez explained why she was so incredibly stunned by all the love from the judges.

"I was so surprised, because we hadn't gotten a '9' yet, and so I was just, like, 'Wow, we might get our first '9's today!' And then they went '10,' '10,' '10,' and I was just like, 'Aaaahhh!!!'" she recalled.

The exciting, bombastic performance comes on the tail of Hernandez' trip to the White House with three other members of the "Final Five" just days ago.

Hernandez, along with fellow U.S. Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian, paid a visit to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, where they attended a ceremony with President Barack Obama, and took over the White House Instagram account to keep us updated on their presidential routine.

"It's a little nervewracking to meet the President of the United States, so we're getting into the zone the only way we know how," they captioned a pic of them stretching in a White House hallway.

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On last week's DWTS, Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy delivered a passionate, mature tango that earned them immunity in their face-off against Derek Hough and Marilu Henner, as well as the second-highest score of the night.

Hernandez spoke with ET after the show last Monday, where she opened up about how she found the confidence she needed to pull off the racy routine. Check out the video below to hear more.