Dancing with the Stars Recap: Thrice the Perfection!

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A week after Melissa Rycroft made a triumphant, perfect return from a rib injury, the final four tandems on Dancing with the Stars proved they each belonged in the semifinals.

Well, except for Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower.

Here's a rundown of each couple's routines and scores:

Rycroft and Tony Dovolani followed up last week's flawless Samba with a pair of solid, albeit unspectacular, routines.

First up, a safe Quickstep. Len Goodman referred to it as a "delight," but Bruno lamented the last of exhilaration for a semifinal dance.
Score: 28.

After reviewing Melissa's Bachelor break-up (again!), it was on to the Cha Cha for this duo. Lame music selection with the Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me," but Bruno rescued the routine by mentioning its "full-on thrust." Well, okay then.
Score: 27. 

Perfect Couple

Gilles Marini and Cheyl Burke were up next, and they Waltzed to a perfect 30. Goodman told the pair he was "giving [them] a sitting-down standing ovation." That's high, oxymoronic praise!
Score: 30.

Marini then went all Lil Kim on viewers. Clad in purple, he shook his booty like it was on fire. Goodman said he wished he could give the star an 11 for this Salsa, while Bruno raved: "Lil' Kim is alive and well and she's hiding in your pants!"
Score: 30.

For her Argentine Tango, Shawn Johnson was referred to as Catherine Zeta-Shawn by Bruno, which proved to be a compliment. Thanks to a series of kicks, lifts and impressive angles, Johnson received her first perfect score of the season.
Score: 30.

Can't say we loved Shawn's polka-dots for the Jive. Or maybe it was Mark Ballas' annoying socks. Either way, something was off.
Score: 26.

Trouble for Ty Murray on his Waltz. He had to practically sprint, during the final 30 seconds, just to catch up with partner Chelsie Hightower. He almost missed supporting her legs during a turn. Ouch.
Score: 25.

Latin dances are definitely not Ty's strength, as proven by his Samba. Bruno commented on what was likely Murray's final dance by saying it was as if he was "dancing on a tightrope."
Score: 23.

Who do you think should go home this week?

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It's Melissa's to lose. ABC's guilty conscience has made her the frontrunner from week one. Could they remind us anymore that she was dumped on the Bachelor? Oh that is so February. Final 3 should be Melissa, Gilles, and Shawn. Only way Melissa loses is if she messes up in the same song 3-way competition next week. If she is in the final 2 her high tech, coordinated fan base assures the win.

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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