Celebrity injured while 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES The dancing fate of actor Cristian de la Fuente was in question Monday night after something happened on the dance floor that sent him to the hospital.

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De la Fuente had to stop dancing during his second number, the samba. His left arm was somehow injured and it prevented him from continuing. Shortly after receiving triple sevens for what he did complete, de la Fuente was taken away by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. After the show, his partner, a shaken Cheryl Burke, reacted to what happened.

"I mean, I know that I heard his arm crack and I don't know -- I thought in the beginning it was my dress," said Burke. "But afterwards, he told me something popped and I was like, 'Oh my god, I know exactly what it is now.' But I do believe it's a little bit more than a muscle cramp because he's not the type of guy just to like wuss out or give up. You know, he really is a strong man."

Cheryl told me she hopes voters are supporting them so Cristian gets a second chance.

His publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said Crisitan is having medical tests done Tuesday and he'll be seeing a specialist.

We hope to learn his fate some time Tuesday, probably during the results show.

Whatever happens Cristian and Cheryl are at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard.

So, who's on top?

A near-perfect quickstep, and then an impressive paso doble gave Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska 55 out of 60, enough for first place.

"We got good scores from the judges tonight," said Taylor. "I had a good time dancing tonight. It felt like we did pretty good but we still need votes."

One point behind, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas landed in second place, dancing the Viennese waltz and the cha cha.

"I love the cha cha," said Yamaguchi. "I knew we had a great routine so I just wanted to go out there and have a blast."

Also having a blast with their "triple nine" tango and their rumba, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani.

"We're in third place," said Dovolani.

"We're in third place!" said Winokur. "I literally looked over at my friends and they were laughing. They're like, 'You're in third place!' I was like, 'Tony, we're in third!'"

Tied for fourth, Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called their tango their best dance yet.

"Yeah, it was great," said Elizabeth. "I mean, they were great comments and we were really happy and we were just having fun."

Tied with them, Mario and his partner, Karina Smirnoff.

"I feel like I've been very versatile in the dances," said Mario. "It's two totally different types of dances -- foxtrot and the mambo -- and I feel like I carried it across pretty good."

Before someone goes home Tuesday night, Def Leppard will perform during the results show.

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