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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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One point. That's all that separated Ricki Lake from perfection last night.

Taking over the top spot for the second straight week on Dancing With the Stars, Lake bested her nearest competitor, J.R. Martinez, by three whole points.

Say what you will about her Hairspray background, it takes quite a display to execute a near-flawless tango to the music from ... Psycho. Ricki did just that.

Clad in black along with partner Derek Hough, Lake showed some astounding body control, precise steps and the perfect level of emotion for the routine.

Watch her performance here and tell us if you think she'll win it all:

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Ricki Lake once again finds herself in first place on Dancing With the Stars.

The talk show personality and former Hairspray star earned the season's highest score yet for her rumba last night, posting three nines and a 27 in all.

That edged out J.R. Martinez and Chynna Phillips, who scored 26 apiece.

Lake said the dance symbolized finding love again (with fiance Christian Evans) after a divorce, and the judges rewarded her routine with Derek Hough.

Watch Ricki's week three Dancing With the Stars performance below ...

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Rob Kardashian may have been the night's most improved dancer, but Ricki Lake's flashy moves during the jive earned her the highest score of the night.

The Dancing With the Stars contender, who scored a 23 to lead the pack, is happy about that result - but even more pleased about her shrinking body.

Lake, who said she was inspired by former contestant Kirstie Alley's weight loss on DWTS last season, has already dropped 12 pounds and several sizes.

"I'm really getting in great shape," the talk show host said afterward. "I'll be wearing less and less clothing. The smaller I get, the less will be covered."

Watch Ricki deliver Monday night's best routine here:

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The headline above is, admittedly, a bit misleading.

Ricki Lake suffered a cut and a nasty bruise on her shin Thursday while rehearsing for the new season of Dancing with the Stars with partner Derek Hough.

She's not out of the competition by any means, but she did Tweet a photo of the wound, so ... here we are. Check out the season's first battle scar:

Ricki Lake Injury

Lake, who said upon being cast that she was terrified to participate in the ABC show, is considered one of the favorites going in ... or at least was.

Who knows if this will throw her off her game.

An ambulance was called, but Lake downplayed the situation, Tweeting: "Not sure how my bruise turned into a medic showing up? I'm fine!! :)"

Later, she Tweeted at former DWTS star Kirstie Alley, who was a hit last season: "I've got my work cut out for me. Channeling ya' mama. xo".

Who will win Dancing With the Stars, which begins September 19? Lake? Chaz Bono? Kristin Cavallari? Vote in our survey after the jump ...

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Chaz Bono's joining the Dancing With the Stars cast gave the show major publicity, but it wasn't just done as a stunt or a favor to the LGBT community.

Based on what we know of past seasons and those who have made long runs on the show, Chaz - if he can dance at all - could be among the favorites.

Below, THG breaks down the prospects for the man formerly known as Chastity Bono (with girlfriend Jennifer Ella, below) and the rest of the dancers ...

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Ella

Favorites: David Arquette, Chaz Bono, Ron Artest, Hope Solo, Ricki Lake

If anyone has the notoriety that they can utilize to gain interest and build fan support, it's Bono, who will be paired with a female professional dancer.

David Arquette is probably the show's second biggest "get," especially after his separation from wife Courteney Cox and subsequent bizarre behavior.

We don't know if either one can dance, admittedly. But assuming there's any kind of rhythm there, each could go on fairly sustained runs this fall.

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Ricki Lake is engaged! She and Christian Evans are getting married!

"It's out of the bag. Thrilled to share some happy news with you," Lake Tweeted, along with a picture of her and her boyfriend-turned-fiancé.

Earlier this summer, she told PEOPLE she was in no rush to walk down the aisle with Evans, whom she described as "everything to me."

Ricki Lake, Christian Evans

The two have been together since last summer.

Previously, the Hairspray star, talk show host and weight loss spokeswoman was married to artist Rob Sussman, whom she divorced in 2005.

She has two sons from her previous marriage – Milo, 14, and Owen, 10 – and says they gave the actress' new man their stamps of approval.

"I'm totally in love," she said. "I'm happier than I've ever been."

Congratulations to the happy couple.

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Ricki Lake felt "gratitude and blessings" nobody was hurt in a house fire that ruined her $20,000-a-month Malibu rental property last fall.

Unfortunately, there are still legal repercussions.

Lake is catching heat (sorry) from a lawsuit filed by her landlord alleging that the talk show host was responsible for the blaze, and that she negligently set the fire by improperly refilling oil into a portable space heater.

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"[Lake] caused the oil to spill which was ignited by the hot heating coils which [Lake] had not allowed to cool," says the plaintiff in the lawsuit.

"The flaming oil quickly caught hold and began to burn items inside the property. [Lake] failed or did not attempt to extinguish the fire."

The lawsuit was filed June 6 and seeks unspecified damages.

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Ricki Lake has battled weight problems for years.

Now, in an interview with Access Hollywood, the actress and former talk show host reveals a possible reason why: "I was a victim of childhood sexual abuse and I think it contributed. Who knows for sure?"

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"I've done many years in therapy and worked on all my issues. I didn't talk about it for, like, 15 or 20 years; I didn't admit that it had happened to me because I wanted to kind of bury things. It, in some way, made me who I am today."

You've gotta admire Lake for speaking out on such a difficult issue.

"I don't want to be a poster child for this at all but it's very weird thing for children when they're violated in that way. Food became a comfort to me; it was my kind of security blanket."

Ricki Lake hopes to help other women in her situation.

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We're sorry, Ricki Lake.

Our entertainment news spies have been focusing on the impressive weight gains of stars such as Kate Bosworth and Nicole Richie.

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And this whole time, you've been shedding more pounds than drinks in the hand of Britney Spears on a typical Tuesday night.

"I think I had [that muscle] under all that fat all those years. I think it was just there," Lake told People magazine at the Choose Your Cause Launch Party and Charity Benefit at Fred Segal Fun in Santa Monica.

Working out with a trainer three times a week has done wonders for this former talk show host...

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