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'DWTS' is over, and maybe J.R. Martinez. . .

In this image released by ABC, actor J.R.

In this image released by ABC, actor J.R. Martinez, right, and his partner Karina Smirnoff perform on the celebrity dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars." (Oct. 10, 2011) Credit: AP

should take a bow. If anyone out there is still paying attention to the less-than-stellar 13th season of "Dancing with the Stars," then you know that Monday night was a bit of history in "DWTS" land.

 Not only was J.R.Martinez's performance (s) unusual, but possibly a coup de grace, and if it was not a coup de grace,  then I don't know what the meaning of "coup de grace" is. (In fact, I really don't . . . it means "the blow that kills," but no one actually died last night on "DWTS" except maybe Nancy Grace -- ba dum--  but then, I digress.)

The three  judges effectively handed Martinez that gloriously tasteful mirror ball, by giving him and partner Karina Smirnoff a pair of perfect 30s for the first time in . . . stick with me here . . . I'll tell you in a minute . . . OK . . . ready for this? Good: This was the best week 8 score since all the way back in the second season of 2006, when Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke scored a pair of perfect tens in the eighth week.

The difference then: That was the finale, and of course they won. Perfect 30s are very rare indeed, but just about unheard of this early in the comp. 

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