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Pain, drain, and a perfect score

November 24, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
At the "Dancing With the Stars" finals, there was one perfect score Monday night, and two teams tied for second.Brooke Burke and Derek Hough are in the number one position with the judges, thanks, in part, to a perfect 30 for their freestyle. Exciting? Absolutely. So are they celebrating? Absolutely not.

But if they were ...

"It'd probably be this: Anybody got an ice pack for my back and for her groin?" asked Derek.

"I've got a pulled groin muscle, and can we get a few sleeping pills?" asked Brooke.

"Ibuprofens. That's how we'd celebrate -- with a lot of drugs," said Derek.

Brooke and Derek led the Samba scores with a 28. But they blew everyone away with a perfect 30 for their electrifying freestyle.

"We had no idea what was going to happen tonight because it was such an ambitious dance, full of dangerous stuff, and I don't know, getting that score on our freestyle when we took so many chances was the ultimate," said Brooke.

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer Sambaed to a 26, then got triple 9s for their hip-hop-inspired freestyle.

"It's anyone's trophy, I'm telling you that right now. It's crazy. You know, we had so much fun. I think we danced our butts off tonight. Everyone did. It was such a good night," said Lance. "If we win that trophy, I will be the most excited person in the world."

"Even if we don't, really, we made it to the finals," said Lacey.

"Yeah, we've had such a good time. But to have that trophy on our mantel would be really, really, really nice," said Lance.

Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson had the lowest Samba score at 25. But they came rolling back with their freestyle, scoring 28 and tying for second place with the judges.

"It's been a really draining week but it has been worth it for sure," said Kym.

"My coach has brought me all the way to the finals, y'all," exclaimed Warren. "Take us home! Take her home! Take her home and give her the trophy. You know she deserves it to be able to mold a big old something like me. Give her the trophy, y'all. Come on!"

Warren already feels somewhat victorious since this competition started with 13 couples.

"I took down 10. The last two, maybe not. But that's all right, though," said Warren.

"We've come a long way," said Kym.

They all dance one more time Tuesday night during the big two-hour finale at 9 p.m. on ABC7.


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