Tuesday’s Dancing: What You Didn’t See
The Ballroom Sprint Is Over: Maurice Greene's run on the parquet ended Tuesday, but the Olympic sprinter handled his DWTS ouster with the same grace and million-dollar-watt smile that carried him through to the brink of the semifinals. "You have to remember this is a competition, and you just have to take it as it comes, and tonight just wasn't my night," a still-smiling Greene told PEOPLE. The Olympic gold medalist's departure left nary a dry eye in the house. "This is the first time that I actually saw crying backstage," Lance Bass said. "Everyone was tearing up, Warren, Maurice, Cheryl. At this point, we're a family and we've all become really close, and when you see a member of your family leaving, it's just sad." Saddest of all was Greene's daughter 9-year-old daughter Ryan. "That's my daughter," a misty-eyed Greene said, "I really thought that she looked more upset than I did, so I had to comfort her a little bit, let her know that Dad was going to be alright." The Cry-Fest Continues: Greene's exit wasn't the only teary moment of the night. In their taped segment with Dr. Drew Pinsky, partners Julianne Hough and Cody Linley both broke down in a rare show of emotion. "I had so much bottled up," Linley later admitted. "The stress, the pressure and all of these feelings about Julianne that I hadn't expressed. My worries for her about her surgery...." The crying jag had a profound effect on the partners in that it brought them closer together. "I think that it was a bonding experience, and that we're connected on a deeper level than we were before," said the Hannah Montana star. But then reality settled in: the repercussions of sobbing on national TV. "I've got four brothers and no sisters," Linley said. "So after it happened and I looked up to the four cameras and I was crying, I was like, 'Crap! This is all going to be on TV!'" Linley attempted a preemptive strike by texting his brother and admitting, "Yeah, I cried today at work, and they caught it on camera.'" Linley continued, "At first, he was like, 'It's okay, don't worry about it.', but five minutes later, he sent me a text that said, 'Was it a little cry, or was it a cry that had a squeal to it?'"
Julianne Jumps Back In: Two weeks after surgery to remove her appendix, Julianne Hough was back on the dancefloor last night performing an unbelievable Macy's Stars of Dance segment that featured flips and dancing while carrying brother Derek on her shoulders. "It made my jaw drop," co-host Samantha Harris said. "The fact that Julianne just had this surgery two weeks ago and she was throwing her body around like that, flipping around, it baffles me. But then I remember that she's 20-years-old." Added Bass, "To get your appendix out, and then have a guy jump off a piano and onto your shoulders? What the hell, my stitches would have burst wide open!"
Ballroom Bias: In Len Goodman taped judges' segment, he openly admitted to starting the season being "anti" Lance and Lacey. "Maybe I did something to him in a past life," Bass said. "Or maybe he was a Backstreet Boys fan, probably the president of their fan club, I don't know. I'm just glad that we have two of the judges on our side." His partner Lacey Schwimmer, however, is set on winning over the British curmudgeon. "I think we have to pucker up and put an apple on the judges' desk next week." Schwimmer said after Tuesday's show. "Better yet, maybe some of my mom's home-baked cookies. They are the best things, ever!"
Dr. Drew or Dr. Clueless?: Dr. Drew Pinsky's couples' therapy sessions provided resolution to some duos, but left one pair downright confused. "I actually think that he thought that Lance and I had a romantic connection," Schwimmer said with a bemused smile. "He was like, 'You guys are so intertwined as a couple, maybe you guys should reevaluate your relationship.'" Bass, who came out to PEOPLE in July 2006, could barely stifle a laugh, adding of Pinsky, "I don't think that he got the memo that I was gay. Maybe he didn't look at our file as closely as he should have." --Reagan Alexander
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