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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Evan Lysacek "Surprised" To Get First Perfect Score On Dancing With The Stars

May 4 2010, Published 10:05 a.m. ET

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Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya's Argentine tango enchanted the judges to give them this season's first perfect 30 score on Monday night's edition of Dancing with the Stars, and's Tina Malave caught up with the Olympic hero and his pro partner following the triumphant showing.

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"I was surprised, mostly, because we weren't driven by scores this week," Lysacek told exclusively about his reaction to the 30-point dance. "We were driven by our performance and our own character."

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Trebunskaya said she was "surprised and dumbstruck" by the duo's flawless set.

Hot on the Olympian's tail in the competition remains Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger -- who judge Carrie Ann Inaba Monday dubbed, "by far, the best dancer we've ever had on this show" -- en route to getting 27 out of 30 points for her individual efforts on the night.

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Scherzinger and her pro partner, Derek Hough, joked with us about the growing pains the Don't Cha singer endures in practice before we see the finished product shine on the ballroom floor.

Dancing With The Stars returns at 8/7c Tuesday on ABC.

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