Dancing With the Stars Recap: Hines Ward, Chris Jericho Lead Wide Open Field

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Almost halfway through Dancing With the Stars' 12th season, a clear favorite has yet to emerge. Monday's scoring was so tight, it's anybody's Mirror Ball to win.

It's America Week this week, and athletes who represent two of our nation's favorite pastimes (okay, maybe that's a stretch) delivered powerful performances.

The theme of "songs that salute our country" saw a red, white and blue dance floor and NFL star Hines Ward showing his American pride with this Rumba ...

Hines and Kym Johnson's dance to "God Bless the U.S.A." earned all nines for a total of 27, good for sole possession of first, albeit by a single point.

Right behind him? WWE star Chris Jericho, who wore a military-style uniform (as did Hines) and also chose an iconic song, albeit from centuries earlier.

Chris performed a "strong yet delicate" Viennese waltz to "America the Beautiful," which ended with fireworks shooting from the stage - and a 26.

Check out Chris' performance and the DWTS scoreboard after the jump:

Romeo and Chelsie Kane foxtrotted and sambaed, respectively to scores of 26 along with Chris, while the bottom four were bunched together as well.

Early favorite Ralph Macchio found himself in a tie for last, and Kirstie Alley didn't do much better, despite not suffering any wardrobe malfunctions.

Here's a look at Monday night's Dancing With the Stars scores ...

  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson (Rumba): 27
  • Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke (Viennese Waltz): 26
  • Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas (Samba): 26
  • Romeo and Chelsie Hightower (Foxtrot): 26
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot): 23
  • Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin (Quickstep): 22
  • Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel (Foxtrot): 22
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff (Samba): 22

Who do you think is safe in this logjam? Who's at risk of going home tonight?

The first three eliminations went according to form. This week, we don't even know what that form would look like. Tell us what you think below.

Oh, and vote on who you think will WIN Season 12 in our poll here:

 

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Chris Jericho to win!

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Hines wasn't all that, Monday night..nor was Chris Jericho. Romeo, he was!!

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Hines Ward and Kym Johnson - DWTS Week 5 - I love her dress.

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that woman butchered "america the beautiful" she should be shot. in the throat.

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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