In a season plagued by injuries, it looked like none of the contestants would make it through to the Dancing With the Stars finale. But this year’s leading pair, Brooke Burke and partner Derek Hough, seem determined to not let the bandages and X-rays get to them, as they earned the first perfect 30 score of the season on Monday night’s DWTS.
But despite Brooke and Derek’s Monday night magic, injuries continue to be a recurring theme this season as Maurice Greene danced through a stiff knee, Lance Bass managed to impress the judges even with nagging toe problems, and Cody Linley danced with a new partner after losing Julianne Hough to appendix surgery.
Sprinter Maurice got a strong 25 for his cha cha with partner Cheryl Burke even though “I hyperextended my knee,” he told OK!.
Cheryl revealed, “The doctor wants him to get an MRI.” To which Maurice shrugged, “I don’t know if I want to do it. With everything that went on, we came out here and performed.”
Meanwhile, Lance and partner Lacey Schwimmer sizzled in their rumba and tied Maurice and Cheryl’s 25 score. Lance and Lacey danced in their bare feet — which helped the boy bander’s aching toes! “It’s two now on my right foot. One toe is broken — the other one, I don’t know what is happening. I’m getting an MRI tomorrow,” Lance confided.
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Lacey, who was captured ranting at Lance during rehearsal, said, “It’s so hard what we’re doing. We’re going to break sometime during this competition and we just did. We made up two seconds later.” Lance said, “I never want to upset her. It was good to know her frustrations. That’s how you learn and grow and make it to the finals.”
After Cody’s partner Julianne Hough had to have surgery to remove her appendix last week, Edyta Sliwinska stepped in to dance to a score of 22 on the Viennese Waltz with the Hannah Montana star.
Cody called Edyta an “amazing teacher,” but also admitted, “It was a really tough week to be asked to do two dances with a completely new partner when I’ve been working with Julianne every day for the past three months.”
Warren Sapp and pro Kym Johnson had an off night, getting the lowest score, a 21, for their foxtrot. “We bombed a little,” Kym admitted to OK! The football star, who suffered shoe discomfort, said, “It wasn’t my best dance but I’m not going to make excuses.”
Susan Lucci and partner Tony Dovolani performed a polished paso doble (earning a score of 24) even though cameras caught them arguing during rehearsal and the All My Children star crying.
“It wasn’t really a tiff,” said Susan. “I was frustrated with myself because I have this great teacher and there’s so little time and I wasn’t sure I could do it.”
All the competitors loved doing the group dance, which had Team Susan’s cha cha vying against Team Warren’s paso doble. Susan praised her teammates, who got a score of 20, but said their preparation could have been better: “I just wish I’d had more time.” Warren thought his team’s paso, which earned a huge score of 29, was “a blast.” Brooke, one of his team members, said, “It was nice for me to work with the female pros.”
With the election taking place tomorrow, DWTS’ usual Tuesday result show will be put off until Wednesday.
“We’re going to practice, then go vote,” Cheryl smiled.
By Carole Glines