By Adam S. Levy,
Radar Staff Writer
No one had earned 60 out of 60 points on this season’s edition of Dancing with the Stars — until now.
Soldier-turned-soap star J.R. Martinez, with pro partner Karina Smirnoff, did just that on Monday night as each of the remaining contestants had to dance to two songs — one of which they would not know until 20 minutes before showtime.
The 28-year-old Georgia native — who suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body after driving over an Iraq landmine when he was 19 — delivered a masterpiece of a waltz set to “What the World Needs Now Is Love.“
Bruno Tonioli told the All My Children star — who garnered a standing ovation from the crowd after the dance — “You dance with your heart on your sleeve — [the dance was] divine.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba chipped in with high praise as well, telling the inspirational personality, “There’s nobody coming close to you tonight.”
“Now you’ve got the X-factor and the feel-good factor mixed together,” judge Len Goodman said, “you come out here with the most fantastic jive.”
Monday night’s other scores were: Ricki Lake and Derek Hough getting 52 out of 60; Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy getting 52/60; Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke getting 51/60; and Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus getting the night’s lowest score with 44 out of 60.
“It’s midnight, and it’s time to go home,” Goodman told Grace.
Who’s the next to go home? Find out when Dancing with the Stars returns on ABC at 9/8c Tuesday.