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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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