'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Mya ties

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LOS ANGELES The judges' scores for Monday night's "Dancing" routines were very close. But when the dancing was all done, only three teams received individual scores higher than 6s and 7s.

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff quickstepped their way to triple 9s and a tie for first place.

"There's some fierce competition now, you know?" said Aaron. "Everybody's really stepping up and you know what? I'm just really honored to be here."

Also in first, Mya and her partner, Dmitry Chaplin, who jived their way to the top.

"There are so many factors that you have to worry about," said Mya. "The technique, the basics, executing those and then pleasing the audience at the same time, so I'm happy we were able to do all three tonight."

Right behind, in third place, Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson. Kym's sexy costume was actually lengthened after their dress rehearsal.

When asked why she dressed so "conservatively" Monday night, Kym replied, "I know, I just decided I'd go a little conservative."

"I think that's why we got the 9," said Donny.

Natalie Coughlin and partner Alec Mazo got a combined 21 out of 30 to tie for fourth place with Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Mark Dacascos and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, who had to skip the press line due to a little injury.

"She strained her hip flexor, so she's resting and icing so that we can come back next week, hopefully, providing we're here next week, give a powerful performance," said Mark.

One behind them, with 20, is Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough and Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova, up seven points from last week's last-place finish.

"We're looking for a steady climb," said Michael. "That's all we're all looking for. What are we looking for? What are we looking for? We're looking for a steady climb and then when we get there at the top, we're planning on staying."

One point behind, with 19, a four-way tie among Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel, Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower, Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas, and Chuck Liddell and partner Anna Trebunskaya, who learned Chuck does have his limits.

"We wanted to rhinestone this thing [Chuck's head], kind of like they did with me and he said, 'No,'" said Anna. "And that was like a very, very stern, short 'No.'"

"It's one of those things. We can go so far," said Chuck. "I'm trying. I'm pushing it. But rhinestones? I just don't see the point of rhinestones on my head."

Tied for last place with a score of 18, Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke, plus Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani. They all know they need your help.

"Please vote a lot," said Kathy. "You can vote over and over."

One couple gets the boot Tuesday night.

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