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'Winner, winner,' or 'chicken dinner'?

November 12, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The final four couples are already worried about dancing in next week's semifinals. This week, we say goodbye to the Olympic champ who took an opportunity and "ran" with it.Maurice Greene, dubbed "the world's fastest man," had a good run on "Dancing With the Stars." He and his partner, Cheryl Burke, were eliminated in the eighth week of competition, just before the semifinals.

"[I'll miss] coming out here dancing on Monday nights. I'm going to miss that," said Maurice.

"And seeing everybody," said Cheryl. "I'm going to miss Warren and Cody and Brooke and Lance -- everyone."

"It's sad, actually, that you're not going to be, you know, back there with them and get to talk and joke around," said Maurice. "But, you know, it's a competition."

That it is. And it's about to get tougher.

"We really wanted to make the semifinals this week and we did it, but now we're super nervous about these minute-and-a-half routines," said Lacey Schwimmer. "We have two of them and we're used to doing minute routines on this show, so it's kind of intense this week."

"It's very energy-packed," said Lance Bass. "It's going to be hard."

"This is where it becomes really tough, you know, physically and mentally, because now I'm like, for me, I'm thinking, 'How am I going to choreograph two more routines a minute and a half long?'," said Derek Hough. "I'm all out, almost. And she's barely standing up."

"Yeah, it's going to be a crazy time, but so happy to be here," said Brooke Burke. "We gotta do it!"

Cody Linley returns next week without Edyta Sliwinska now that his original partner, Julianne Hough, is once again OK to dance.

"Look, when you win it, I'll feel like I was a little part of it and I will be so proud of you, you can't imagine," said Edyta Sliwinska.

"I'm so sad to say goodbye to Edyta but on the other hand, extremely excited to get back with Julianne and to do our thing," said Cody. "We've got some unfinished business to handle."

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson had to skip the press Tuesday night. They'll all be back for more dancing on Monday.


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