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'Dancing' pairs tackle 'story night' in wk 3

October 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Fancy footwork mixes with storytelling in week three on "Dancing With the Stars." The celebs and their professional partners must tell a story when they perform either the Foxtrot, the Waltz or the Samba."We have a Foxtrot and we have something very special, so hopefully it'll please the audience and the judges," said Karina Smirnoff, who's paired with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

"She's really trying to bring out all the stops here. We got a pretty trendy song. She's bringing out a pretty trendy outfit. And she's combining my personality [and] my looks with her moves, and hopefully we can bring it home with this one," said Sorrentino.

Kurt Warner and Bristol Palin will also be performing the Foxtrot.

Florence Henderson, Audrina Patridge, and Kyle Massey will tackle the Waltz.

"We have the Waltz, which is pretty slow -- not really his personality or mine -- but we're going to make it our own," said Lacey Schwimmer, Massey's partner.

The hip-shaking Samba will be performed by Brandy, Jennifer Grey, Margaret Cho and Rick Fox.

"We are going to give you a Samba of pride and celebration and it is a very, very exciting dance," said Cho.

The storyline of the comedienne's dance with partner Louis van Amstel is a personal one.

"It's really about me and how hard it was when people told me I was overweight, I really wanted to kill myself. And this song and this dance is moment that I thought, 'I am OK the way that I am,'" said Cho. "And so we want to reach out to all those kids out there. There [are] a lot of gay teens who have been committing suicide, [and] we don't want any more of that. We want people to have pride and celebrate who they are."

Van Amstel says his partner's never-ending energy invigorates him.

"She doesn't ever run out of energy. What is so special about Margaret is she never gives up, even when she should, she still doesn't. And to me, that's really an inspiration," said Van Amstel.

"Roots" actor Ben Vereen, actor Dave Annable from "Brothers & Sisters" and 'Dancing' alum Steve Wozniak will all be in the audience Monday night.

Last Week Michael Bolton got the boot after dancing what judge Bruno Tonioli called the worst jive in the show's history. The crooner earned a season-low of 12 points.

The top spot in week two again went to 50-year-old Grey.

The remaining 10 couples hit the dance floor at 8 p.m. PT on ABC7.