Laurie Hernandez notched her third and fourth perfect scores of the “Dancing with the Stars” season on Monday night, advancing to the final five.
Hernandez, a 16-year-old Olympic champion gymnast, and partner Val Chmerkovskiy earned four perfect 10s from judges for their Argentine tango.
Later, Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy teamed with Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko for a dance and again earned a score of 40.
Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy previously earned perfect scores on Oct. 3 and Oct. 31.
For comparison, Olympic ice dance champion Meryl Davis, one of the best contestants in the show’s history, had received one perfect score before the final five. Shawn Johnson, the only gymnast to previously win, had zero perfect scores before the final five.
Hernandez can break Johnson’s record as the youngest ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner in 23 seasons if she takes the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Earlier Monday, Hernandez and other “Dancing with the Stars” cast members took part in the Mannequin Challenge.Follow @nzaccardi