Singer Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas Waltzed away with 29 out of 30 points, scoring the season's first 10s from two of the judges. Jenkins danced for her late father.
"It was a really emotional week," she said. "It affected everyone all week. It's just nice to see people have the opportunity to tell their stories."
Telenovela star William Levy and his partner, Cheryl Burke, managed one 10 score, landing in second place for a sexy Salsa with a risky move involving Levy hooking his knee around Burke's neck.
"We can't take it easy," said Levy, who paid tribute to his family and his Cuban roots. "We had some difficult moves in the beginning... we take it easy, it's not fun then."
TV host Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough Rumbaed their way to triple nines for a solid third place. Menounos paid a nice tribute to her immigrant parents, who were janitors in Boston.
In fourth place also performing a Rumba were football star Donald Driver and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. Driver lost his best friend to cancer in 2010 and he dedicated his dance to him.
"His body, his brain, his strength, I'm using everything I can to make him look the best that he can and he's testing me," Murgatroyd said about Driver. "It's great. He's working me every single day."
With 25 out of 30 points, Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower tied for fifth with Jaleel White and his partner, Kym Johnson.
Finally, there was a tie among the five other stars: Jack Wagner, Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw, Sherri Shepherd and Melissa Gilbert. They all scored triple eights - and it's only week three.
The dancing wasn't the only recent source of attention. An Internet story from the weekend involving an alleged argument between White and Johnson during rehearsal had people talking. The two stars said it was all blown out of proportion.
"The tabloids enjoy having fun with this show and I've never had that be a part of my life or my career, so I'm just asking people to roll with it," White said. "We're fine. It's just, again, you see the tightness of the scores. It's tense back there."
"It's a stressful competition," Johnson added. "Everyone has tough weeks, not so tough weeks, maybe it was more of a tough week, but we're fine. We're great friends."