Four weeks in and Dancing With the Stars already handed out the first perfect score. The recipients? Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy. The duo danced jazz to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and got 10s all around from the judges.

"I'm just glad that our elements stood out and she was able to command the performance," Val told E! News. "It turned out awesome. I wasn't expecting a perfect score."

The Dancing duo hadn't even gotten a nine yet. "It was crazy," Laurie told us. "When I was competing it was that crowd-pleaser type of mentality whereas this is more for myself, my partner, just focusing on the dance. I was able to enjoy it the exact same," she said about her gymnastics past.

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Dancing With the Stars is sending two couples home on Tuesday, Oct. 4, but Val said he feels "good going into tomorrow."

"In general when you have a performance s fulfilling as tonight, if we go, we go. But…as long as we don't have any regrets. Every week I want her to walk away fulfilled," he said.

And now the pressure of the perfect score is on, Laurie said,  "just because it's so early in the season we got a perfect score. Now we have to match that and go even higher and keep that expectation going."

Who goes home? Find out on Tuesday, Oct. 4 on ABC.

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