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- It's the Fourth of July in April as "Dancing with the Stars" decides to honor America with performances set to songs that pay tribute to America. With no clear leader in sight, it's anybody's game.
Ralph & Karina: After scoring his best results yet, Ralph says he's focused because there's no clear front runner. The couple, a New Yorker and Russian, draw the song "Sweet Home Alabama," and have to dance a samba. Head judge Len Goodman says that Ralph is "there" some weeks, then at other times it's "not working." He finally tells Ralph he's "not consistent" and lacked hip action and rhythm. Bruno Tonioli says Ralph needed to "emit fire down below," and stands up and swivels his hips. He finally says, "Sex! Give me sex, man." Carrie Ann Inaba says that, considering the crazy concoction of the song and the dance and the theme, they did a good job. Scores: 8, 7, 7. Total: 22
Chris & Cheryl: Chris' paso doble split the judges last week, but left Chris wanting to get more than a 7 from Len. Cheryl says the way to achieve that is to stay traditional. They get the Viennese waltz and have to dance it to "America the Beautiful," which Chris says is a good bit of pressure. Bruno calls it "big yet graceful, strong yet delicate of touch, elegant with a sweet sense of romance." Carrie Ann says she feels the judges have underestimated him. She says Chris is a contender. Len tells Chris that when he deserves an 8, he'll give him one. He says it was a little flat-footed. He reiterates, "You'll get an 8 when you deserve an 8." Scores: 9, 8, 9. Total: 26
Petra & Dmitry: Petra is surprised she's still there halfway through the competition. They have to dance to Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas," and she admits she didn't know Elvis when she was a child in the Czech Republic. They dance the quickstep. Carrie Ann tells Petra she took "a bit of a step back" because of some stumbles in the choreography. Len says it's a fast dance and she coped well with the speed of the music. He says she just has to work on little things to make it better. Bruno disagrees with the two of them, calling her "the golden goddess of speed." He acknowledges "a couple of foot faults, but the quality was very good." Scores: 7, 7, 8. Total: 22
Romeo & Chelsie: A week after wowing the judges with an intense paso doble he's fired up to win the whole thing. He's looking to bring some swagger to the foxtrot on "New York, New York." He wants to prove he's serious. Len says the parts had control and parts had flair. He says there are still some pieces he's not happy with, but they're headed in the right direction. Bruno enjoyed the cheekiness of the foxtrot while still maintaining the integrity of the dance. Carrie Ann praises Romeo for changing his approach to the ballroom dance. Scores: 9, 8, 9. Total: 26
Hines & Kym: The couple that leads the pack in total judges' points is ready to dance the rumba to "Proud to Be an American." Kym says they're going to make it more romantic than sexy. Bruno calls Hines "an officer and a gentleman" (referring to his costume Navy whites). Carrie Ann says Hines is making it look easy and has the best hip action she's seen in a long time. Len says he likes that Hines' dancing has a naturalness about it, and then says that it was HInes' best dance so far. Scores: 9, 9, 9. Total: 27
Kirstie & Maks: After losing her shoe a week ago, Kirstie wants it to be clear she's serious about the competition. She's taken the liberty of bringing in a dance doctor: It's John Travolta. He wants to know what's going on between them romantically and when they say nothing, he says that's the problem. They dance the foxtrot to "American Woman." Carrie Ann says the different take on the foxtrot suited her and says it was her "best dance ever." Len says it had attitude and had basic steps, which he likes, but the overall feel wasn't his "cup of tea." Bruno says the Cold War is definitely over after watching the American woman and the Russian gigolo. Scores: 8, 7, 8. Total: 23
Kendra & Louis: After losing her confidence last week in an overall disappointing performance, Kendra is still upset about Carrie Ann's comment about her being "afraid of elegance." Louis tries to help her understand what Carrie Ann meant, and that it wasn't a personal attack. She decides to leave the past behind her and bounce back with the foxtrot to "Yankee Doodle." This also just happens to be the 1,000th competitive dance in the show's history. Len calls it "much better than last week," and adds it was fun and entertaining. Bruno says it was sweeter than apple pie and in better character, but says he's still seeing her thinking about her steps too much. Carrie Ann says it was Kendra's best dance and the most confident she's seen her perform. Scores: 8, 7, 7. Total: 22
Chelsea & Mark: After landing at the top of the leader board last week, Chelsea wants to stay there. She's going to dance to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." and says she's willing to bend and break every rule this week, but Mark wants to play it straight. Over the roaring crowd, Bruno shouts that Chelsea combined the positive energy of America with the sizzle and party vibe of Brazil. Carrie Ann says the couple matches its performances so well. Len says, "Yum, yum, what a bum!" He's talking about their rears. He loves it and tells them, "Well done." Scores: 9, 8, 9. Total: 26
Hines & Kym: 27
Chris & Cheryl: 26
Romeo & Chelsie: 26
Chelsea & Mark: 26
Kristie & Maks: 23
Ralph & Karina: 22
Petra & Dmitry: 22
Kendra & Louis: 22