Dancing With the Stars may be the last place where it's not so bad to have someone screaming "nine-nine-nine!" at you.

The 9s were music to the finalists' ears Monday, a night where the judges were rather stingy with their 10s—and, in one surprising case, Len Goodman was even stingy with his 8s!

But here's a hint as to who scored the first perfect 30...

Khloé Kardashian Odom and Kourtney Kardashian were jumping up and down, clapping and squealing like loons. So guess who got the 30?!

Sure enough, Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke were the first to burst through the 27 ceiling tonight, earning a perfect 30 (their first of the competition) on their retro, Charleston-utilizing freestyle.

"This competition is often won or lost in the freestyle round and to get a 10 you have to blow us away. Consider me blown!" raved Carrie Ann Inaba, Rob's most avid supporter at the judges' table throughout the season.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff were hot on their heels, though, with their '80s hip-hop/samba mash-up that, like a scene from Step Up, made you want to get up and dance with them.

But, though they got a 30, their first dance, a cha-cha, was deemed "not very good" by Len and netted them only 24 points.

With Ricki Lake and Derek Hough getting nothing but 9s tonight, that means Rob finished in first place on the leaderboard for the first time. And what a time!

Watching proudly along with the rest of the family, Kim Kardashian was in the house for the first time since announcing the end of her marriage a few weeks ago.

"Did u guys see that!!!!!!" she tweeted afterward. "All 10's in the freestyle!!!! OMG I swear the whole fam is in tears!!!!! Let's go baby! Team CherBert!"

Here's how the leaderboard stacked up:

Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: (27, 30) 57
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: (24, 30) 54
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: (27, 27) 54

A new Dancing With the Stars champ will be crowned tomorrow following performances by all of this season's contestants—including another dance from the finalists that will count toward their final scores—and music from Lady Antebellum.

This would be the third win for Cheryl and the fourth for Derek, while Karina is still seeking her first DWTS title.

Who do you think deserves the mirror-ball trophy this year?

GALLERY: Dancing With the Stars: Season 13

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
- -