If Olympic gymnast and dancerLaurie Hernandez wasn't a celebrity, she is now after nailing her Michael Jackson tribute on "Dancing With The Stars." The 16-year-old Latina wowed judges as she and partner Val Chmerkovskiy scored a perfect 10 and tons of love from"DWTS" judges. How did Hernandez get the inspiration for the spicy Cirque du Soleil week number? Her sassy secrets will make you shout "Caliente!"

Dark lady, laughing, dancing...

To perform "The Way You Make Me Feel" on "Dancing With The Stars", Laurie Hernandez sported a poofy pink 50s sock hop dress.

But for the tango, in a face-off dance with Marilu Henner and Derek Hough, Hernandez needed something a little bolder. She took to the floor in a plunging vampiric cabaret ensemble that Elvira and Cher would love. She was leery about the slinky dress but at the same time comforted. The dusky makeup and dark lipstick gave the right sass. After all, most of the performances on DWTS are costume dances taken from shows or folk dance. They are meant to be performed in character, not just danced.

Quesadillas, yum-yum

To achieve the correct vampy facial expressions, Hernandez used a surprising inspiration--quesadillas. She imagined herself sniffing the fragrant chili cheesy tortillas, and there was the come-hither look she needed. So you don't think Mexican food is something to get passionate about? You just haven't tried the right kinds. And don't judge, getting in character is no easy task.

You have to do whatever it takes sometimes. Quesadillas obviously worked for Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Anne Inaba who awarded Hernandez the highest scores of season 23.

King of Pop crowns queen of ballroom

Judge Julianne Hough couldn't help exclaiming after the Cirque du Soleil performance that Michael Jackson might be the King of Pop, but Hernandez was clearly the queen of the ballroom.

Laurie says she actually got her inspiration in part from Jackson, his intensity of dance, and his heart-pulsing music videos. Jackson was an actor as much as a dancer and that's why his performances are so memorable.

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