Tuesday’s Dancing: What You Didn’t See
03/18/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Get Used to Seeing Him: Melissa Rycroft's boyfriend Tye 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 continues commuting back-and-forth from Dallas. Though he didn't have to sweat it out Tuesday night since Rycroft was far from the bottom of the scoreboard, he did cheer when it was announced the Dallas beauty would be dancing again next week. After the show, Rycroft beelined for her beau while dance partner Tony Dovolani greeted Strickland with a man hug.
Another Man from Her Past: After the cameras stopped rolling Tuesday night, Bachelor host Chris Harrison walked onto the dancefloor and greeted a surprised Rycroft with a huge hug. "The last time I saw him, I was storming off stage," Rycroft tells PEOPLE. "This is a much better atmosphere to be reunited with him."
Jump, Jive, Wail: 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 seen wincing in pain and rubbing his lower back midway through the performance. 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." Jewel of the Night: There were plenty of ovations throughout the night, but Jewel received the longest one after she performed "Over the Rainbow" from her upcoming "Lullaby" CD. Her former dance partner Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower, whose partner is Jewel's husband Ty Murray, wowed the audience with a performance while she sang. "That song had a lot of longing and a lot of passion, and I thought they brought it out well," she said.
Getting Footloose: Before the final two couples were announced in the dance-off, Chelsie Hightower was keeping everyone's spirits high with her youthful energy. During a commercial break, the 19-year-old rehearsed a super-quick quick step with partner Ty Murray. Then she turned around and started high-fiving and low-fiving Steve Wozniak. --Elaine Aradillas
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