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More pain, more gain on 'Dancing'

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
October 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
More pain and more gain on "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night, plus a surprise wardrobe change at the very last moment, and a surprise at the top of the judges' leaderboard. As far as the judges' scores go, this was a tough night for three of the show's four athletes. And it was the best night yet for an actress who surprised the crowd with the best scores of the season.

Melissa Joan Hart and her partner Mark Ballas did the Charleston, scoring 28 out of 30 after only getting 19 points one week ago.

"You know, I think this dance just really suited me and we had a blast, which came across and maybe I'm just hitting my stride a little -- I hope, I hope, I hope," said Melissa.

Mya and her partner Dmitry Chaplin tied for first with their judge-approved raunchy Lambada. But Mya tipped her hat to Melissa.

"I was so impressed by their number, their opening number, and I was very intimidated," said Mya. "They had every element of what a performance should have. I thought they did great."

Third-place finishers Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough also had the Lambada. Derek suddenly decided not to have a shirt to go with that shake.

"Sixty seconds before I went out and danced, I was like, 'I'm losing it. Let's do it.' So, impulse thing," said Derek.

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  • Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo tied for fourth with their Bolero.

    "It's not easy for Natalie, but she's never complaining," said Alec. "She's not one of these -- if you look at her foot, I mean, it almost bled."

    "These are from the splits," said Natalie. "See what a bloody foot."

    Also tied for fourth, Donny Osmond, who danced the Charleston with partner Kym Johnson, and with a broken toe.

    "Who knew the Charleston was that difficult?" said Kym. "The energy is crazy, isn't it?"

    "Well, it was invented back in the '20s before they invented pain," said Donny.

    Kelly Osbourne and her partner Louis Van Amstel are next on the leaderboard with their Charleston, inspired by the movie "Cabaret."

    "We're only four weeks in, so I'm going to bring the whip and make you do things that you make me do," said Louis.

    "I dread to think what's coming my way," said Kelly.

    Continuing down the leaderboard: Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer in seventh place, followed by Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff, and Chuck Liddell and Aanna Trebunskaya.

    Tied for last with 16 points: Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova, and Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower.

    "And I felt ours was the most traditional Country Two-Step but -- ," said Chelsie.

    "It didn't go over so well with the judges," said Louie.

    One more couple goes home Tuesday night.

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