Chaz Bono scored a personal best on Dancing With the Stars Monday night as his mother Cher cheered on from the audience.

Bono scored 21 points out a possible 30, after dancing a paso doble to the theme from Rocky. Lacey Schwimmer and Bono managed to earn enough points to tie with Chynna Phillips and Nancy Grace for the penultimate position in the rankings.

But all eyes were on Cher, who lived up to the hype by finally attending a taping of Dancing With the Stars. Cher also seemed to be near tears when the camera cut to her. She was joined in the ballroom audience by Bono’s stepmother, U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., and other family members.

In the true spirit of 'Rocky,' no matter how many knocks you take, you keep coming back, you keep fighting and you keep getting stronger, said Bruno Tonioli, a judge.

I'm trying to figure out why I'm crying. It's like, I watch you and somehow you get under my skin and you make me root for you, said Carrie Ann Inaba, another judge.

The top score, which included the first perfect “10s” of the season, went to Ricki Lake and Derek Hough for their sultry tango routine.