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One 'Dancing' couple down, three remain

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image abc"><span>ABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">Marissa Jaret Winokur, Tony Dovolani on May 13, 2008. (Kelsey McNeal)</span></div>
May 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
She has a Tony Award. So what the heck, she won't get that mirror ball trophy. Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur danced her way all the way to the final four. But Tuesday night, the curtain came down.As a team, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani became this season's "Little Engine That Could." With America's support, they stayed on track and made it almost all the way to the finale.

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"We worked really hard and we had a really, really awesome time and I feel like we ended up on top," said Marissa. "We made it to the final four!"

"This season has meant so much to me. She's incredible," said Tony. "I've never seen anybody go through what she went through and come out with such a great attitude. So, for us, it was a win from week one."

"I think I represent the real woman," said Marissa. "So I think people like seeing real women do real things. And this is an extraordinary thing so I think people like a real woman doing an extraordinary thing."

One face was in the audience for Marissa every week.

"I'm so proud of what she did here," said television star Adrian Zmed. "It just feels so good, you know? She proved something to this world."

And now it's time for the remaining three couples to prove they deserve to take home that coveted mirror ball trophy.

"We have to really be creative when it comes to the freestyle because he only has one arm to lift me," said Cheryl Burke.

"We probably have to take off the carpet in my living room, put this floor and just be there all day," said Cristian de la Fuente.

"Why don't we just move in here?" asked Cheryl.

"We're happy to be here but we're not satisfied, so we have another week to go and it's going to be tough to dance head-to-head with Kristi and Cristian," said Jason Taylor.

"I'm kind of ready," said Kristi Yamaguchi. "I want to get going on this thing."

"She's the gladiator and I'm her shield and we're going out. We're ready!" said Mark Ballas. "Girl power, baby!"

A woman has not won "Dancing With the Stars" since Kelly Monaco in season one.

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