'Dancing with the Stars' By-the-Numbers: The First 30
'Dancing with the Stars' By-the-Numbers: The First 30
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
In week 6 of Dancing with the Stars season 17, Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkoskiy scored the first perfect 30 from the judges for their Cha-Cha-Cha. But does getting the first 30 of the season mean victory in their future?

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For now, Elizabeth and Val are on top of the season. They have the highest total scores from all six weeks, though they're only ahead of Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff by one point and ahead of Amber Riley and Derek Hough by three points. Elizabeth and Val are also the only couple left who have never received a 7 or lower from the judges, only 8s, 9s and 10s. Amber stumbled in Len Goodman's eyes in week 5 and Corbin's Game of Thrones Waltz brought a 7 as well.

However, getting the first perfect 30 is easily Elizabeth and Val's top accomplishment, as there have only been 10 other couples in the history of the show to do this in the first six weeks of the competition.

Here are some other fun facts about couples who've scored the first perfect 30 from the first 16 seasons.

-There have been 20 couples during the first 16 seasons to score the first perfect 30. Seasons 3, 12 and 15 included multiple couples earning perfect scores in the same week.

-Sixteen of the couples to score the first 30 of the season went on to appear in the finale, giving an impressive 80 percent success rate.

-Eight of the couples then went on to win their seasons. Five finished in second place and three finished in third.

-Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Mark Ballas have all been the first pros to score a 30 three different times. Cheryl Burke and now Val Chmerkovskiy are the only other pros to do it twice. This is Val's second season in a row to do this.

-Stars Sabrina Bryan and Apolo Anton Ohno both scored the first 30 twice. They did it in their original seasons, and both scored a 30 in the same week during the All-Stars season. Despite this, Sabrina was still eliminated in 7th and 8th place in her two seasons.

-Female stars have a slight advantage, as 13 of the 21 first 30s went to them while only eight went to the male stars.

-Four of the first 30s, or 20 perfect, went to Winter Olympians (Apolo Anton Ohno twice, Kristi Yamaguchi and Evan Lysacek once).

Here's the breakdown of who scores the first 30 in each season, along with where they finished.

Season 17: Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkoskivy

Season 16: Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy (2nd)

Season 15: Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff (5th), Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel (8th)

Season 14: Maria Menounos and Derek Hough (4th)

Season 13: J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff (1st)

Season 12: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson (1st), Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas (3rd)

Season 11: Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough (1st)

Season 10: Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya (2nd)

Season 9: Mya and Dmitry Chaplin (2nd)

Season 8: Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke (2nd)

Season 7: Brooke Burke and Derek Hough (1st)

Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas (1st)

Season 5: Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas (7th)

Season 4: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough (1st)

Season 3: Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke (1st), Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff (2nd), Joey Lawrence and Edyta Sliwinska (3rd)

Season 2: Stacy Keibler and Tony Dovolani (3rd)

Season 1: Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo (1st)


What do you think? Will Elizabeth Berkley join the list of eight past winners who were the first to get a perfect 30? Or will become one of those dancers with the best scores who doesn't win Dancing with the Stars?


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