Waiting to Exhale: Chelsie Hightower and rodeo star Ty Murray scored great marks for their foxtrot and were labeled most-improved by the judges. But it was Murray's wife Jewel who watched in real awe as her husband glided across the dancefloor. During a commercial break, after Murray's performance, host Tom Bergeron looked over at the singer and said, "Not bad." With an exaggerated exhale, Jewel replied, "I know."
Sealed with a French Kiss: Dancing partners Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini stood a few feet apart ready to perform their samba when the SATC heartthrob suddenly remembered something. He ran across the dancefloor to give his partner a peck on the cheek. Given the pair earned 9s across the board, is this a new tradition in the making? Nah, says Marini. "Did you see how hot she is," the Frenchman asked. "I can get away with it at that moment so I went for it." But just so no one gets the wrong idea, least of all Burke's real partner, boyfriend Maxwell Zagorski, Marini gave him a shout-out: "Maxwell, I love you, bro!"
Smiling Through the Pain: It's no secret this season has been plagued with dancing injuries. Even the handful of stars who make dancing look effortless like Melissa Rycroft are quietly suffering. Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani may have scored all 9s for their foxtrot, but the former cheerleader's feet are taking a beating. Said Rycroft: "Do you know how hard it is to dance in high heels? I underestimated it." "I have a permanent band-aid back here," she said, showing off her right foot.
All Together Now: Not only did Lil' Kim and partner Derek Hough have control of their footwork, but they had the studio audience at their command. As a pre-taped segment of the pair's week-long rehearsals aired and the couple waited for their routine to start, Hough kept the audience entertained. The energetic dancer would point to a balcony and sections of the audience would immediately erupt with applause. But when it came to the couple's booty-shaking samba, the audience loudly cheered in unison. --Elaine Aradillas
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