Dancing With the Stars Recap: Ricki Lake is (Nearly) Perfect; Cher Cheers on Chaz

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An episode centered around movie themes was obviously going to mean a few eye-rollers - DWTS is not a serious competition, Carrie Ann reminded us.

Nevertheless, Ricki Lake's tango was sublimely top-notch, set to the Psycho theme that ending with her partner, Derek Hough, stabbing her in silhouette.

It was really good, despite how hokey we made it sound. We can't do it justice and the 10's she got from Carrie Ann and Bruno are proof positive of that!

Len? He held out, giving them a 9 for a 29 overall.

Ricki Lake, Derek Hough Pic

Last week's leader, J.R. Martinez, was smooth doing the fox-trot, earning 26 points for outright second place in spite of dressing up in hot pink Monday night.

For The Pink Panther theme, obviously. Gotta love DWTS.

Hope Solo, who has been a bit a dull this fall (save for her nude ESPN magazine cover), impressed the judges for the first time and scored a strong 24 total.

Ditto Rob Kardashian, who continued to improve with a Superman-themed paso doble and cemented his place as - dare we say it - one of the favorites now?

After those four, it was a logjam on the leaderboard.

David Arquette's paso doble earned mixed results, with Len (who looked like he was still steamed from Kristin's elimination last week) in the negative camp.

Chynna Phillips was so lackluster that she was truly remorseful, apologizing to fans and partner Tony Dovolani for being off her game. Will voters save her?

A living legend, Cher, was in the audience as promised to watch son Chaz Bono paso doble to the Rocky theme. He did mom proud with his best dance yet.

Even Len couldn't help but heap praise on the controversial star and and Carrie Ann was moved to tears. As was mom, but that's a little more expected.

Nancy Grace stumbled at the TAIL end of her paso doble, but she didn't let one rip this time that we're aware of, so we'll consider it a modest success.

  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
  • Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke

Carson Kressley brought up the rear with 20 points, but will he be given the heave-ho tonight? Clearly several other celebs could beat him to the punch.

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

  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
  • Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
  • Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
  • Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20

Who do you think has danced his or her last? Do you agree with the pairs on top and on the bottom? Who's going home on tonight's results show?

Comment below, and vote for who you think will win!

 

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what will she tell her 7 year old? What's to tell her 7 year old? He's a contestant like ryoevene else. I think it's crazy how people can be so hateful in this day and age. I agree 100% with what you wrote quoting Jack Layton. I still can't beleive there is so much hatred out there; I thought we were living in a world where people have changed and have accepted things. It makes me angry to think that people still think that way. I will be cheering for Chaz as well, cause he's a person like ryoevene else and will be having fun like any other past contestant on Dancing with the Stars. I look forward to this season's show. I enjoy it every year!cheers, Natalie

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I AGREE WITH SHELLEY. CHAZ IS DOING HIS BEST BUT SAD TO SAY, I THINK HE WILL BE GOUNG HOME SOON.

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WHEN CHAZZITY DANCES, ALL YOU SEE IS A GIANT STOMACH.

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You all are discusting, Chaz is a person just like all of us, and he is doing the best he can as any of them. At least he get out there and trys and has fun. and I personally enjoy him, and enjoy watching someone try something out of their comfort zone and have fun and enjoy being with people and meeting new people. Yes he does need to loose some weight, and for his sake I hope he realizes it so he can live happy and healthy but I have noticed he has rythum, and he could dance a lot better if he were to loose some weight. and i dont believe his mom had anything to do with it, I am sure DWTS went to him and he made his own decision. I wish him well in his life, its hard enough for any of us but as Ellen says, Be good and kind to everyone. good thing to live by.

Carol-worth

I really like ALL the contestants this season. Every dance is a complete surprise! Last night's numbers were all good! ~0;-D

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Once and for all, get rid of that sumo wrestler Chaz. It is disgusting. I can't believe Carrie Ann was moved to tears by Chaz's dancing. Rather it should have been for the way "It" insulted the profession of dancing. Each week, "It" get fatter, and if "It" stays on over one more week, someone is going to stick a pin in it's stomach and it will explode. I vote for J.R. Martinez.

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aNY DANCER NEEDS TO BE FLEXIBLE AND MOVE AROUND WITH GRACE....AND CHAZ DOESN'T HAVE EITHER......HE/SHE IS THERE BECAUSE CHER PUSHED ALL THE RIGHT BOTTOMS......THAT'S ALL.!

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I agree with Lisa, loose weight, you will die young if you dont.

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Not impressed with Chaz. I don't care what gender he is but take care of yourself and lose weight. It's disgusting watching his stomach bounce around.... Man or woman, geez, cover up!!!

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i liked Riki Lake and her partner they were fantastic.im not all impressed by chaz.

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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