Despite an injured ankle for Bethany Mota, Derek Hough and his partner got a perfect score in week 3 of “Dancing With the Stars” for their jazz routine to “Singing In The Rain.”

Getting four tens is virtually unheard of this early in the competition. Zap2it caught up with Mota after the show where she was still trying to grasp the couple’s successful night. “I was not expecting that at all. It’s still blowing my mind right now,” she gushes.

The Youtube sensation revealed even though there could be a lot of pressure on her now they’ve scored so highly early on she is “relieved” that she didn’t “drop the umbrella” in her challenging routine paying tribute to Gene Kelly with Hough.

Hough recently had to play double duty as he will appear on an upcoming episode of  “Nashville.” Creator Callie Khouri and star Connie Britton were spotted in the ballroom Sept. 29 to not only support Hough, but to film Rayna Jaymes’ “Dancing With the Stars” debut. 

Although Hough is sworn to secrecy about his role as Noah West, an actor involved in the Patsy Cline biopic Juliette Barnes is gunning for. He was able to tease the storyline for Zap2it and a handful of other journalists after Monday’s (Sept. 29) “DWTS” taping saying West is involved in some “drama” having to do with a “triangle” which basically means a love triangle to us. Hough says the only definite is Hayden Panettiere’s character “falls into (his) arms in a dramatic way.” Whether is Juliette Barnes or possibly Juliette as Cline is unknown.

Hough had nothing but positive things to say about his short experience on the show and working with pregnant Panettiere, saying, “The whole cast and crew was really welcoming. Everyone was so nice, kind and sweet. Hayden was so incredible to work with. I get really protective over pregnant women, but she’s still rockin’. She’s just amazing.”

Catch Hough when he rides into “Nashville” on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Posted by:Sarah Huggins