With only one more elimination to go before it gets down to the final four couples on Dancing With the Stars, Brooke Burke and Warren Sapp continued to lead the pack on Monday night’s performance show, where the high-stepping celebs each had to briefly break away from their pro partners and dance a solo on live TV!

Brooke and her partner Derek Hough got the highest score of the night — a cumulative 55 — for their mambo and tango, while Warren and his pro, Kym Johnson, were a close second, earning a total of 54 for their tango and jive.

“The mambo was super fun and I loved the intensity of the tango,” Brooke told OK! backstage. “It was a lot of pressure this week — the hardest week I’ve had all season. I’m never comfortable thinking that we’re going to go all the way. We have to work really hard.”

Although they are the clear frontrunners, Derek also admitted he’s taking nothing for granted: “You’re thinking to yourself, have we peaked too soon? We have to make sure we keep upping our game each week. There’s only been one occasion where the best dancer has won and that was last year [with Kristi Yamaguchi]. Other than that, it’s always been the best personality that has won.”

Brooke and Derek are hearing the heavy footsteps of future football Hall-of-Famer Warren behind them.

“I’m one behind Brooke,” Warren exclaimed to OK! after the show. “I loved my solo. Kym let me have a lot more freedom than probably anybody else she’s ever danced with.”

As previously reported by OK!, Kym was forced to work past an injury to her right shoulder. “It’s fine now," she explained. "I tweaked it a little bit and it felt really funny last night and this morning it felt really bad.”

But Kym was able to guide Warren through two charming dances. Warren said he she lets him know he’s done a good job: “When I can see the look on her face, she’s got that ‘yeah.’ Her eyes light up.”

Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer nabbed third place with a combined score of 50 for their foxtrot and samba. Lance confided to OK! that performing two dances was “so stressful. To be able to change both those dances in your brain within an hour, it’s hard. But we got some really good scores and great comments.”

The former boy-bander said his solo moment during the samba made him feel “very vulnerable. But I felt comfortable doing it.”

The only thing bugging Lance a bit was judge Len Goodman’s negative attitude toward his dancing, which has been going on all season. “We’re trying to figure it out,” he sighed. “Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Toniolo] have been awesome.”

Meanwhile, Maurice Greene and partner Cheryl Burke and Cody Linley and pro Edyta Sliwinska look to be in jeopardy for tomorrow’s elimination night, as the couples are tied for fourth with a cumulative score of 48.

Maurice, who performed the quickstep and paso doble, stayed positive, telling OK! backstage, “We did a pretty good job. When we finished the paso doble, I was like, we rocked that one. It was a lot of fun.” But he laughed about Tuesday’s show, “the grim reaper is going to be in this building tomorrow.”

“There was nothing more we could have done,” Cheryl shrugged. “He nailed every step. We got the scores we got and we’re happy with them.”

Cody told OK! he was also pleased with his two dances, the foxtrot and the mambo. Of his sexy solo moment, which surprised and delighted the audience, the 18-year-old Hannah Montana actor said, “I felt so excited and confident and comfortable out there. If you would have made me do that at the beginning of the competition, there’s no way! But Julianne and Edyta have shaped me and made me grow as a person.”

Cody said if fans vote him through tomorrow, Julianne Hough will be back as his partner because she’s recovered from her appendix surgery.

By Carole Glines

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