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Cristian returns to 'Dancing' triumphantly

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image abc"><span>ABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">Karina Smirnoff, Mario on May 6, 2008. (Kelsey McNeal)</span></div>
May 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
One week after an arm injury almost knocked him out the competition, Cristian de la Fuente is now numero uno. Cristian and his partner, Cheryl Burke, are at the top of the judges' leaderboard.After the tango, Judge Bruno Tonioli called Cristian de la Fuente "the man with the golden arm."

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And after a near perfect mambo, I told Cristian, "Bruno says you have more energy than a volcano."

"Well, all the volcanoes in Chile are not active so I hope it's a volcano somewhere else," said Cristian.

Cristian and Cheryl scored 57 out of 60 for their two dances for the comeback of the season.

"It's been the most challenging week of all my five seasons working on this show but, you know, he did amazing," said Cheryl.

Two points behind, Kristi Yamaguchi and her partner Mark Ballas received 29 for their quickstep, 26 for their samba. But I give them 30 for attitude.

"I love the samba," said Kristi. "I think we danced it as well as we could have so I'm happy about that even though maybe it wasn't up to par with the judges."

Mario and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, are in the middle of the pack with a combined score of 53 out of 60. They danced the Viennese waltz first, and came back with the jive for round two.

"Oh, there's absolutely more pressure," said Mario. "Don't let this smile fool you."

Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska scored high with their tango, but low with their samba, putting them in the "bottom two" with the judges. If that doesn't change when America's vote is added in...

"If it happens, it happens. You can't control it at this point," said Jason. "We did our best that we could tonight and if it happens, I'm sorry, but it's not her fault. It's mine. But we'll see."

And barely below them in last place, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani. They did the foxtrot and the mambo, and they're ready to do more to stay in this competition.

"Go to abc.com and please vote for us!" pleaded Marissa. "Will work for votes! And we'll like, we do a kissing booth and they kiss Tony for votes."

"She's pimping me out, how do you like that?" asked Tony.

The results show, Tuesday night at 9, is also the 100th episode.

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