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Next up on the “Dancing with the Stars” stage are Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy dancing a jazz routine inspired by Michael Jackson ONE to “The Way You Make Me Feel.”

Channeling their inner Michael Jackson, Carrie Ann Inaba says Laurie killed the performance and perfectly defined every movement. Julianne Hough, seemingly speechless at first, says that while Michael Jackson may be the King of Pop, she’s the Queen of the Ballroom. Bruno Tonioli shares similar sentiments. They score a 30, the first perfect score of the season.

Watch Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Perfect-Score, Michael Jackson-Inspired Jazz Routine

The glitz and glamor of Cirque du Soleil takes over the ballroom tonight in a special performance episode. Couples will perform dances inspired by various Cirque du Soleil shows, including The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, PARAMOUR, “O,” Mystère, KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities, Zumanity, KÀ, and La Nouba. Troupe members and professional Cirque du Soleil performers, aerialists and acrobats will accompany the artistically-infused dances. Two couples will be sent home in tomorrow night’s results show, which will also include performances from DNCE, the male pros and a special number from Derek Hough.

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According to ABC, “Laurie Hernandez burst onto the Senior Elite gymnastics scene in 2016, just in time for the Rio Olympic Games where she won Silver in the individual balance beam and secured Gold in the team All-Around. Her goal had always been to make an Olympic team, and her dream came true!” Her dream to appear on “Dancing with the Stars” also just so happened to come true this year.

Now in its 23rd season, “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home each week.

This season’s star-studded line-up includes Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, actress Marilu Henner with Derek Hough, model Amber Rose with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte with Cheryl Burke, rapper Vanilla Ice with Witney Carson, former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, actress Maureen McCormick with Artem Chigvintsev, R&B singer-songwriter Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Allison Holker, reality TV star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber, country singer Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess. Actor Jake T. Austin and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry were eliminated in the first two weeks of competition.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs Monday and Tuesday nights starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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