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'Dancing' couples show their creative side

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
April 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Another couple will be sent home Tuesday on "Dancing With the Stars." Each of the pairs had to incorporate a story in their performances Monday night. "I'm always covered in bruises -- that's living," said actress Pamela Anderson.

Anderson performed a very physical Paso Doble for round three of "Dancing With the Stars." It left her in the middle of the pack on the judge's scoreboard.

"Evan is a gold medal figure skater. Nicole's a professional dancer and I'm just a blonde on the beach," said Anderson.

Figure skater Evan Lysacek and his partner Anna Trebunskaya topped the judges' scoreboard Monday night. He did it with two broken toe.

"We missed a day. We only had like four days to train and there were a lot of obstacles," said Trebunskaya.

Erin Andrews danced her way to second place. The ESPN sportscaster even did parts of her Waltz blindfolded. She hopes now that a bit of madness during March is finished, more of her fans will be able to watch her dance.

"The game is over. There's no more college basketball. It's all about Erin Andrews and Maks -- so vote," said Andrews.

For the "story telling" segment of the competition, several couples used props to help get their messages across, while others took a more subtle route.

"Honey they had bells and whistles, tombs, mops and buckets," said Niecy Nash. "I said, 'Louis, I guess our skin color is a prop.'"

Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke went for the "bling" in their quest for props.

Ochocinco wore what he called the "Paso Doble" watch. He also bought his professional dancer a ring.

"It's a thank you for the time I've put in with her the last seven weeks. I'm dealing with her nine hours a day every day, so it's like a marriage. I deal with the nagging so it's like a marriage," said Ochocinco. "Beyonce said 'put a ring on it,' so I did."

"It blinded me. I don't even need the mirror ball trophy anymore. I've got it on my ring finger," said Burke.

The quest for the mirror ball trophy continues with another elimination on Tuesday night. You can watch all of the excitement starting at 8 p.m. on ABC7.