Underdog Rob Kardashian Emerges As Front-Runner In Tuesday’s DWTS Finals

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Nov. 22 2011, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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By Adam S. Levy,

Radar Staff Writer

Rob Kardashian posted his best score-to-date on Monday's next-to-last edition of Dancing with the Stars, streaking to the finish line with 57 out of 60 possible points for his waltz and a flawless, 30-point freestyle routine –his first perfect score of the season.

The 24-year-old reality TV personality, paired up with pro dancer Cheryl Burke, said he "couldn't have asked for a better ending of the season" with the triumphant outing.

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Head judge Len Goodman told Rob his “family should be proud" of his efforts this season. Judge Carrie Anne Inaba told him following his perfect freestyle: "To get a 10, you have to blow us away -- consider me blown away!”

Afterwards, Rob said, “We got our first perfect score, we're in first place and we did it with the most crucial dance, which is the freestyle.”

Rob’s family -- including sister Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jenner, both clad in tuxedos -- cheered him from the crowd Monday, a fitting cap to a season which has seen famous faces such as Cher and Courtney Cox cheering on their loved ones (Chaz Bono and David Arquette, respectively) from the studio audience.

Following the show, Kim tweeted that her younger brother “did amazing tonight!

“I'm so proud of him!” the socialite wrote.

The son of late O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian and Jenner heads into Tuesday's finale as the favorite to best actress Ricki Lake and Iraq vet-turned-actor J.R. Martinez -- both of whom scored 54 out of 60 possible points Monday.

The inspirational Martinez, 28, said "it would be an amazing thing" to win the show's famous mirrorball trophy with partner Karina Smirnoff, adding, “I think we have a great shot at it.”

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Lady Antebellum will perform on Tuesday's finale, which will consist of the three remaining contestants performing a dance of their choice, an elimination, and a final dance before the winner is named.

We'll find out who's the season champion when Dancing with the Stars returns with a live finale, beginning Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.

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