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Celebs say 'Dancing' is an emotional ride

May 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Now that the celebrity competitors on "Dancing With the Stars" are near the end they say the experience has been an emotional ride. The "Dancing" semi-finalists had an emotional evening, and not just because of their dancing.

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews had to fight back the tears on the hit ABC show Monday night.

"I had my fingers in my ears," said Andrews. "As soon as I heard my dad in the package and my sister crying I was done."

"It turned around to look at her and she was crying backstage. I almost dropped a tear," said professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"It was too hard for me to watch it because my family is everything," said Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger. "I started to tear up and then I had to keep it together because we were dancing to Prince."

Family's also a priority for NFL star Chad Ochocinco. He hopes his story will inspire others.

"I know where I've come from and how I've gotten where I am, which is one of the reasons why I am the way that I am," said Ochocinco. "I'm always giving back. I'm always being generous, you know, because I remember the struggles I've been through."

Evan Lysacek's mom reminded him of something he's learned throughout his life.

"There's been times in my life where I've set a goal and then doubted if I would get there," said Lysacek. "My parents were the ones that said, 'You better figure out a way to get there. If you set that goal you do not stop until you get there.' I think it's a good lesson."

The final four is about to become the top three. We'll find out who goes on to the championship round Tuesday at 8 p.m.