Ricki Lake: The Impeccable DWTS Quickstep

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Ricki Lake is not messing around.

The Dancing With the Stars standout says J.R. Martinez is the one to beat, but if Lake's quickstep last night was any indication, the Mirror Ball could be hers to lose.

She's gunning for that piece, too.

"I am more than a competitive person," the 43-year-old talk show host said in rehearsals for Monday's dance with Derek Hough. "When I sign up, I want to win."

The's fast-paced choreography to "Luck Be a Lady" from Guys and Dolls (it was Broadway week) earned well-deserved raves from the judges. Watch her below:

"Impeccable style, outstanding choreography," Bruno Tonioli gushed to Lake, who's become a celebrity weight loss poster child with a 20-pounds-lighter frame.

Added Carrie Ann Inaba: "It's beautiful to see poetry in motion. It was everything a Dancing With the Stars number should be." Do you agree? Can you not?

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I have been watching DWTS since its inception. I really enjoyed the show over all the years. However, now I am getting a little annoyed with it. Max was very disrespectful to Len. After all Len is a judge, not Max and the comment about is show. Also I think JR is a much better dancer than Ricki.

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I have always loved dancing with the stars. However, after tonight me and my three friends watched it together and we are all so disgusted with the fact that Nancy Grace is still on the show and David Arquette was sent home. There is somthing wrong with the judges. Are they completly blind. She cannot even move her feet and is never in complete step and should have gone home the 3rd show. I hope dancing with the stars goes off the air. There are a lot of people that think the same thing. We think the show is fixed.
Either that or like I said the judges are completely blind or they really don't know anything about dancing. By the way I don't believe that she should not be able to ask her viewers to call in and vote for her. The other contestants are not able to do that.
NANCY GRACE CANNOT DANCE!!!

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Ricki is doing great! Who would have imagined she would be this graceful & talented? It SHOULD BE Ricki & J.R. down to the wire! I'd be happy with either of them winning. IMO, the two dancers who have improved most drastically are Rob & even Nancy G. is starting to let loose & be more fluid.