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'Class act' contestant fails to graduate

November 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
At "Dancing With the Stars" Wednesday night, one celebrity headed out of town. Another headed for more practice. And one headed home. "A class act." "A lovely lady." "A positive spirit." Those are just a few of the many kind comments said about Susan Lucci by her fellow "Dancing With the Stars" competitors. Susan is the show's latest casualty.

Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani graced the dance floor for seven weeks. Susan says it's been an incredible time in her life leaving her comfort zone for a new adventure.

"It is a fantasy experience on the one hand," said Susan. "And on the other hand, it is an amazing race car that just takes you for a ride. And I'm so glad I got on that ride."

Susan's partner says she always has a kind word for everybody, and he had a few for her.

"She always came ready to work," said Tony. "She gave me the utmost respect as a teacher and she gave me 150 percent on the dance floor. She most certainly has gotten the trophy, even though it's not a mirror trophy."

Five couples are now competing for that trophy. And there's no rest for the weary.

"We're going straight into rehearsal tonight because we have two dances to do," said Lance Bass. "We even started yesterday just in case we survived. We're trying to be ahead of the game."

"The Quickstep is fast. He's a runner," said Cheryl Burke about Maurice Greene. "We're running around the floor. He better be good in that dance. That's what he does for a living."

"Not anymore," said Maurice.

The show's other remaining athlete, Warren Sapp, has had to leave town for a job.

"He comes back Friday afternoon, so I don't start with him till Friday afternoon, which is really stressful," said Warren's partner, Kym Johnson.

Cody Linley's temporary partner has one goal in mind for her guy.

"He is doing so well and I hope he will get through another week to get to dance with Julianne again," said Edyta Sliwinska.

On the "injured but still dancing" list is frontrunner Brooke Burke, whose feet won't miss a beat.

"The problem is there's no time for them to heal," said Brooke's partner, Derek Hough. "You know, the only way for her to heal her feet is if she took like two weeks off. That's not going to happen. So it's always going to be a problem all the way to the end, but not enough of a problem to stop her."

The five remaining couples all get two dances next week.


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