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Is it hot in here?

Or is it Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke?!?

The Dancing with the Stars tandem scored the first perfect 30 of season eight last night, as TV screens across the nation almost caught fire during their intense Argentine Tango. Relive the routine below...

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke Tango

While Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani almost kept pace with their Lindy Hop, the night belonged to Marini and Burke.

Click on the pics below to watch the sexy pair in motion:

  • A Perfect Dance
  • 30 Out of 30!
  • Hot Dancers
  • Quite an Embrace
  • Universal Applause

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On last night's Dancing with the Stars...

... Shawn Johnson showed why she's stalker-worthy with an impressive routine in the face of adversity;

... Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani earned the season's highest score, for a few minutes at least;

... Steve Wozniak made us laugh and cringe;

... Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke were absolutely perfect.

A Perfect Dance

Here's a rundown of this week's scores, from best to worst:

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: 30
  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 29
  • Lil Kim and Derek Hough: 27
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 25
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower: 25
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough: 22
  • David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson: 22
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska: 19
  • Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin: 16
  • Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer: 15
  • Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff: 12

Who put on your favorite performance? Who should go home tonight?

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Don't ever let anyone tell you Playboy Bunnies aren't tough.

Despite pain that caused her to interrupt tango rehearsals yesterday in order to visit the doctor, Holly Madison will compete Monday night on Dancing with the Stars.

"While she is not suffering from a broken rib, she does continue to feel a great deal of discomfort and was prescribed pain medication," Madison's rep told Us Weekly. "She is committed to the show and her partner, Dmitry and will rest when she can. She fully hopes and, at this time, expects to dance on Monday."

Hold Me Tight
  • Dmitry and Holly Photo
  • Holly and Dmitry
  • Madison and Chaplin

Click on the pics above to enlarge images of Holly Madison on Dancing with the Stars.

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On her reality show, Denise Richards attempts to claim that her life is complicated.

But the outcome for this terrible actress and exploitive mother was very simple on Dancing with the Stars: she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated last night.

The pair got the boot after performing a samba dance-off against fellow contestants Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin.

Booted Dancers

“I had fun! When else am I going to get to dress up like this, work with someone like Maks and be able to do a family show that my daughters can watch together,” Richards said after the results were announced.

Naturally, she couldn't do an interview without mentioning daughters Lola and Sam.

“They love watching us. We TiVo the show and we watch it together, but every time I have to go to rehearsal they go ‘too much dancing.’ It’s hard to find balance. I think they will be relieved it’s over."

For sure. It leaves more time for the family to "accidentally" be photographed all around town.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy has said it's "very unfair" that she's on the show.

Holly Madison has labeled her the "biggest competition."

Still, in the face of such obstacles, Melissa Rycroft is doing more than just persevering on Dancing with the Stars; she's dominating! The former Bachelor contestant earned 27 points for her Foxtrot last night.

Foxtrotters

"Everyone's main goal is to have fun, have a good time, make friends - and if there is a competition, it's a friendly competition," Rycroft told Us Weekly yesterday, regarding comments such as the pair cited above. "There's nobody slashing other people's costumes backstage!"

That's a relief.

As for her post-Dancing plans, Rycroft says she'll return to Texas.

"I'm going back to Dallas. I don't know what I'll do, but I'm going home, for sure!"

  • Melissa Rycroft Dancing Pic
  • Tony and Melissa
  • Melissa Rycroft Dancing

Click on the pics above for an array of images of Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars.

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Another week, another dominant performance by Melissa Rycroft.

Does anything think the former Bachelor suitor pleaded with Jason Mesnick to dump her, so she could take home this season's Dancing with the Stars trophy? Just kidding. For the most part.

Here's a rundown of the scores from week three, as a trio of celebrities led the way...

  • Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke: 27
  • Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 27
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 27
  • Lil Kim and Derek Hough: 25
  • David Hough and Lil Kym: 24
  • Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough: 23
  • Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower: 23
  • Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska: 20
  • Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin: 17
  • Denise Richards and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 16
  • Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer: 15
  • Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff: 10

Read a detailed recap of the show now; then, let us know your favorite from the evening.

Life and Dancing Partners

Julianne Hough and Holly Madison are just two of the talented beauties taking to the dance floor every week.

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Does Melissa Rycroft have an unfair advantage this season on Dancing with the Stars?

Not according to fellow competitor Holly Madison.

The Playboy Bunny - who is teamed with new professional Dmitry Chaplin - doesn't care that the former Bachelor suitor is an automatic fan favorite. But Madison does see Rycroft as her main competition.

"I think the biggest competition is Melissa from The Bachelor," Holly told Us Weekly over the weekend. "She is an amazing dancer and everybody loves her, including me... She is super sweet and an amazing dancer."

Lamest. Trash. Talk. Ever.

Holly and Dmitry

Click on the images above to cycle through more pics of Melissa Rycroft, Holly Madison and other DWTS cast members.

While Madison was the number-one girlfriend of Hugh Hefner for years, she said that achieving the same status on Dancing with the Stars isn't necessarily a goal.

"I just want to make it to third or second [place]," she said. "I want to do as many dances as I can and wear as many awesome costumes as I can. I'm having so much fun with it. I want to stick with it as long as possible."

You tell us: Who will advance farther on Dancing with the Stars?

 

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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani delivered a smokin' hot salsa on Monday evening's Dancing With the Stars. But after the show, The Bachelor beauty found herself, once again, on the hot seat over her dancing background.

"I'm not the only person that has ever come in here with dance experience," Melissa told Access Hollywood when asked if she has a leg up on her foes.

Dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy sparked the debate prior to Week 2 of the hit ABC show, telling TV Guide it was unfair that Rycroft was allowed to compete with her background in ballet and as a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

When given the opportunity to backtrack on that, Maksim stood strong in his stance: "Let me be that voice of everybody who thinks [it] but won't say it."

"I mean, I can't be expected to compete next to someone that's had a lot of dance training," Maksim's partner, Denise Richards, added.

Melissa Rycroft Dancing

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani heat up Dancing with the Stars.

After Monday night's show, where Melissa Rycroft turned in her second impressive performance in as many weeks, it seemed more members of the cast were ready to throw fuel on this smoldering Dancing with the Stars fire.

"I'm not going to say anything about it being unfair, but compared to everybody else, there is a huge difference in ability," Julianne Hough said.

Not everyone's a critic, though.

Melissa's dance partner this season, Tony Dovolani, took exception to the comments made by his good friend and competitor, Maksim.

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We recapped Monday's and Tuesday's episodes in detail, but People magazine has a report on what we didn't see on the most recent Dancing with the Stars.

Some anecdotes from behind the scenes:

Handsome Derek Hough

Her Personal Cheerleader

Melissa Rycroft's boyfriend, Ty Strickland, was spotted again in the audience Tuesday night. "His goal is to be here for all the shows," Rycroft said about her boyfriend, who commutes back and forth from Dallas to Los Angeles.

Although he didn't have to sweat it out Tuesday since Rycroft was far from the bottom of the scoreboard, he did cheer when it was announced the Dallas beauty would be officially be dancing again next week.

After the show, Rycroft beelined for her beau while dance partner Tony Dovolani greeted Strickland with a man hug. Good to see the two new men in her life get along.

Another Blast from the Past

After the cameras stopped rolling Tuesday night, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison walked onto the dance floor and greeted a surprised Rycroft with a huge hug.

"The last time I saw him, I was storming off stage." Rycroft said. "This is a much better atmosphere to be reunited with him."

Ty Strickland was there to cheer on girlfriend Melissa Rycroft, as usual, while an injured Jewel was seen on Dancing with the Stars supporting her significant other as well.

Fighting Through the Pain

At the top of the show when Mark Ballas performed with the other pro dancers to the sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - who performed live in the studio - Ballas was reportedly wincing in pain and rubbing his lower back.

But in a season that has already seen a slew of injuries, Ballas isn't the latest on the injured list. He assured us, "I just scratched it. I'm alright."

The Jewel in the Crown

Or something. There were plenty of ovations throughout the night, but Jewel received the longest one after she performed "Over the Rainbow" from her upcoming CD.

Her former dance partner Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower, whose partner is Jewel's husband Ty Murray, wowed the audience with a performance as she sang.

Keeping Them Entertained

Speaking of Chelsie Hightower, she was keeping everyone's spirits high with her youthful energy before the final two couples were announced in the dance-off.

During a commercial, the 19-year-old rehearsed a super-quick quick step with Ty Murray, then turned around and started high-fiving and low-fiving Steve Wozniak.

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This is one time Belinda Carlisle and partner Jonathan Roberts had hoped not to come in first: They became the first casualty of Dancing with the Stars' eighth season.

They landed in the bottom two alongside Steve Wozniak and his partner Karina Smirnoff, who were at the bottom of the leader board after two weeks of competition.

In a DWTS first, the two couples went toe-to-toe in a dance-off that the judges scored. The new scores were then combined with viewers’ votes - which account for 50 percent of the couples’ scores - from the first two weeks of dancing.

Their routine fell apart, and off they went.

Belinda Carlisle and Jonathan Roberts Pic

“I had a great time,” a disappointed Carlisle said in her farewell speech, adding, “I wish I could have done better for Jonathan, because he’s a great teacher.”

Oh well. Someone had to go first. This defied our official odds somewhat, but wasn't a huge shock. Next up for remaining couples: the fox trot or the samba.

Can an inept Steve Wozniak possibly last another week? Will Steve-O stay healthy? Can anyone stop Gilles Marini, Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft?

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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