Standing By His Woman: Though you wouldn't know it, pro dancer Cheryl Burke is "nervous every week," the two-time Dancing champ told us. "You just never know what's going to happen. "Look at Shandi and Paulina – they're great dancers and they're gone." Before Tuesday's results show (where Burke and partner Ian Ziering were safe), Burke found some comfort in the arms of her boyfriend, actor Matthew Lawrence. The dancer came into the ballroom looking for her man just minutes after Lawrence left his assigned seat to hit the bathroom. When the pair finally connected outside the door to the soundstage, Lawrence wrapped his arm around his lady as they both laughed and headed outside for some fresh air. Awww …
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As for the judges' consistent criticism about Fatone's protruding posterior, during next week's paso doble, "I'll just tuck it in," Fatone told us. But there's a lot less to worry about back there – Fatone has lost three more pounds and has slimmed down to 216 lbs.
Red Alert: Pro dancer Tony Dovolani is used to being in the spotlight – just not under a red one, which indicates a DWTS couple is in danger of being eliminated. "Tony has never been in the red light before so this is my gift to you, Tony!" quipped partner Leeza Gibbons, who took command of the ballroom on Monday night with a tango that earned high scores from the judges – but still managed to land them in the bottom two. "That's the disappointing part of this," says Dovolani. "We were on such a high yesterday from doing such a great performance. I think people thought we were safe so they decided not to vote as much. Hopefully this wakes them up."
To help jolt viewers to dial in next week, Gibbons joked that instead of a temporary tattoo like she flashed this week, "We can just put the phone number in sequins on the dress!" One costume detail is for sure, said Dovolani: "We're never wearing red again."
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Dress to Impress: Talk about not wasting any time! "I am going upstairs right now to design my next outfit" for the paso doble, Laila Ali told us right after Tuesday night's show. "I always design my outfit. I thought I was going to get the waltz so I designed a dress for that. Then I found out I have to go do another one!" One thing she can't change? The music, which is given to the couple at the end of each results show along with their assigned dance. "Do you think we'd be picking 70s music?!" said Ali's partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But "that's the fun part of the show. We have no idea what's coming."
Additional reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER
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