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'Dancing With The Stars': Tears and tens for Kym Johnson and Hines Ward

Kym Johnson and Hines Ward perform on 'Dancing With The Stars' on Monday, May 16, 2011. (Adam Taylor)

May 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Each team on "Dancing With The Stars" Monday did one ballroom dance and one Latin dance, plus a winner-take-all Cha-Cha.

(Get a dance-by-dance recap of all the action in week nine of 'Dancing With The Stars.')

Even though one team managed two perfect scores, another team came out on top.

Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas started strong with 28 out of 30 points for their Argentine Tango. They returned with the first perfect scores of the season, triple 10s for the Rumba, and then they scored 15 extra points in the winner-take-all round, planting them first place.

"You do have that fear that if this doesn't pay off, what else can? What else are we going to do?" Kane said. "We can't rehearse anymore and it was just really nice to have them say, 'You did it. You pulled it off.'"

While Hines Ward and his partner, Kym Johnson, lost out on the winner-take-all round, they somehow managed a perfect score for their Argentine Tango and then came back with another 10-10-10 for their Salsa.

They were able to achieve this even after a fall in rehearsal Friday that sent Johnson to the hospital with a serious neck injury.

"I didn't even care about the score tonight. I was just in the moment of dancing with Kym again because that could have easily been taken away," Ward said. "I don't think I could have lived with that consciously. I was glad to be dancing with her."

In third place was Kirstie Alley with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who tallied triple nines for their Viennese Waltz and the same for their Paso Doble.

At age 60, if she makes it into the finals, she'll be the oldest star to do so. But Alley believes age is just a number.

"My body, physically, in this competition has done as well or better -- I would put it against anybody's," she said.

Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff ended the evening in last place, six points behind Alley.

"We have so much more to offer and some great promises for next week that we have promised the fans," Macchio said. "Hopefully they'll vote us through."

(Get a dance-by-dance recap of all the action in week nine of 'Dancing With The Stars.')

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