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'Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars': 2 couples tie for first place

Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani perform the Samba on 'Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars' on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (Adam Taylor)
October 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Top to bottom, the "Dancing With The stars'" judges' leader board on Monday was only separated by 4 1/2 points, and there were tie scores everywhere, including at the top.

See a full dance-by-dance recap of this week's 'Dancing With The Stars: All Stars'

Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani Sambaed their way to triple nines. While Kelly Monaco and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, tied them for first place with their powerful Paso Doble.

"Practice was tough. We got kicked, we got swatted," Rycroft said. "When it comes together like this on a Monday night, you go, 'That's why you do it.'"

Monaco agreed.

"It's a different energy when you go out there knowing what you're doing and you're focused and can put 110 percent into something specific," she said. "It makes a difference. It shows."

Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough came in third place. The judges called their Quickstep one of, if not the best dance ever on "Dancing With The Stars," marked down only for breaking the rules.

"I felt like when Len (Goodman) said the challenge last week, push the boundaries, let's see something you haven't seen before, I think he kind of gave us a little bit of a space," Hough said.

After them, there was a four-way tie for fourth place: Gilles Marini with partner Peta Murgatroyd, Apolo Anton Ohno with partner Karina Smirnoff, Helio Castroneves with partner Chelsie Hightower, and Sabrina Bryan with partner Louis van Amstel.

Bryan almost had a wardrobe malfunction.

"My strap was off, so my ta-tas were really trying to break loose and I was holding it in," she said.

In eighth place were Emmitt Smith and his partner, Cheryl Burke.

"You could hear the crowd in the audience booing when we got our scores," Smith said.

Tied for ninth were Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya with Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovsky.

See a full dance-by-dance recap of this week's 'Dancing With The Stars: All Stars'

Despite being told it was one of her best performances, Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas came in last place.

"We had a rough week," Palin said. "We got through it and I'm glad that it's over with."

Two teams get the axe during Tuesday night's results show.

See photos of all the action in Week 2 of 'Dancing With The Stars: All Stars'


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