With figure skating superstar (and OK! blogger) Kristi Yamaguchi looking like a shoo-in to make next week’s finals on Dancing with the Stars, the remaining three celebrity contestants wait for tonight’s results show, hoping to get just one more chance on the hit ABC reality show.
On Monday’s performance show, Kristi took the lead with a combined 57 out of 60 in her two dances, the jive and tango. Meanwhile, actor Cristian de la Fuente earned a cumulative 56 for his Viennese waltz and samba; football player Jason Taylor got 55 for the foxtrot and paso doble; and Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur brought up the rear, receiving only 52 total points for her quickstep and rumba.
OK! caught up with the contestants backstage on Monday to get a sense of how they’re all handling the tension of finding out who will make it to the finals. "I have no idea what will happen," Cristian’s dance pro partner Cheryl Burke confessed. "I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it.” Meanwhile, Cristian himself told OK! “We’re just praying that people vote.”
As luck would have it, the celebrities had to pick their dances out of a hat this week, and Cristian drew the samba, the very dance in which he hurt himself two weeks ago, rupturing a tendon in his left bicep. Last week, he amazed America by doing the mambo with the injured arm behind his back. This week, he used his left arm more in the samba and earned raves from the judges.
“I can still move it. It’s hard but not impossible,” the Chilean soap star said about his arm. However, Cheryl revealed, “I think he’s in pain but he won’t say anything.”
Cristian said of the show, “I’ve lost weight. I’ve lost one arm. Hopefully I won’t keep losing things!”
Meanwhile, Miami Dolphins star Jason got some confidence from having his friend, fellow football player and former DWTS champ Emmitt Smith in the audience Monday night.
“He helped me out before the season even started, telling me about what to expect, “ Jason said. “He’s been great throughout the competition. I’ve been talking to him every other week.”
Jason’s partner Edyta Sliwinska said, “We wish the scores were a little bit higher, but it’s all right. It’s really up to the audience now.”
Marissa couldn’t have been happier with her black flapper style dress for the rumba, but admitted it got caught in partner Tony Dovolani’s beaded pants!
“This is my favorite dress so far. We were so connected. I’ve truly never felt sexier, even when my fishnet thigh got caught in his beading and we couldn’t get disconnected. When I wrapped my thigh around him, my fishnet got stuck and he literally looked at me and I’m like, ‘I’m stuck!’ I was confused—my leg was still there, and why?’ I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t coming down.”
Of judge Bruno Tonioli’s complaint that something was missing in her quickstep, Marissa shrugged, “Tony leaped. I didn’t. One step wrong but I stayed ‘on’ so I don’t care.”
Tune in Tuesday night to find out which of these stars is going through to the finals — and which one is heading home.