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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Nicole Scherzinger One Point From Perfection On Dancing With The Stars

May 11 2010, Published 9:45 a.m. ET

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Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger danced a 50s-style paso doble for a perfect 30/30 score, and received 29/30 points for her fox trot, earning an overall 59 out of 60 possible points on Monday night's edition of Dancing With the Stars.

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We caught up with Scherzinger and her pro partner Derek Hough following their triumphant set, and asked them what made the night -- which featured dances inspired by different decades -- click for them as it did.

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"Well, the 50s was a rock n' roll era, so I could definitely, as a musician, relate to that, and stylistically, it was just so cool," Scherzinger told's Tina Malave. "It was a really intense week for us, we had a lot of fun, but it was still intense, and I care so much about everything, all of our performances, that's just how I was feeling ... I'm just taking it all in."

Scherzinger -- who judge Carrie Ann Inaba last week said was "by far, the best dancer we've ever had on this show" -- left Inaba nearly speechless with her poise and grace on the ballroom floor Monday. Even the notoriously hard-to-please Len Goodman told Scherzinger, "there was nothing I could see to criticize."


Trailing Scherzinger on the scoreboard Monday were Evan Lysacek (who received a perfect score last week) and Erin Andrews with 53 points a piece; Chad Ochocinco with 45 points and Niecy Nash with 43.

We'll see who made the cut when Dancing With the Stars returns at 8/7c Tuesday on ABC.



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