macchio rehearse 'Dancing with the Stars': Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff waltz their way up the leader boardOn Monday’s (April 11) “Dancing with the Stars,” Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff turned in yet another well-executed performance. Dancing the waltz to Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the couple earned the highest score of the night (until Hines Ward and Kym Johnson tied up the score with their subsequent performance): 25 out of 30 possible points.

And the dancing was sublime. Along with the music, performed by an in-house orchestra.

“Achingly romantic,” judge Bruno Tonioli breathlessly exclaimed, “Brilliant storytelling through dance.”

“You’ve been in the wilderness for two weeks,” added Len Goodman. “You’re back.”

“Normally I would say that’s very melodramatic at the beginning,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba, describing the over-emoted and (cough cough) melodramatic opening in which Macchio “acted” out his pain at the loss of his Juliet.

What did you think? Should Macchio and Smirnoff have waltzed back into the lead with Monday’s performance?

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson