Quick-footed celebrities Lance Bass, Brooke Burke and Warren Sapp are putting on their dancing shoes for tonight's final competition on "Dancing with the Stars!" Now, the three finalists are dishing to "Extra" about prepping for the end -- and playfully trash-talking each other!
Who will bring home the mirror ball trophy?
The final four became the final three -- when actor Cody Linley and partner Julianne Hough were sent home last night on "Dancing with the Stars." Cody landed in last place with the judges for the third week in a row and his fan support from "Hannah Montana" was not enough to keep him on the show.
The 18-year-old Linley was emotional after the elimination, "Words can't even explain the true amazing, growing, learning journey that I've had on this show. I can't show my appreciation any more to Julianne. I can't say thank you. I love her so much. This opportunity has been so amazing."
TV host/model Brooke Burke, former NFL star Warren Sapp, and former boybander Lance Bass will compete for the show's coveted mirror ball trophy during the finals next week. On Monday night, contestants will perform two routines and the championship will be awarded on Tuesday night.
The "Dancing with the Stars" semifinals kicked off last night and the tables have turned! "Dancing's" superstar Brooke Burke received her lowest score of the the season after a missing a few steps.
Judge Len Goodman said the couple's jive was "a disaster." Brooke was on the verge of tears and received a 21 out of 30. The couple came back with a salsa routine and scored a 49 out of 60 in total.
*NSyncer Lance Bass took the lead with partner Lacey Schwimmer and their first perfect 10 of the season. L and L wore sailor attire for a jitterbug. Early in the dance, Lacey's shoe came off and Lance kicked off his shoe as well. Judge Carrie Ana Inaba said "magic happened on the dance floor" and the couple received a 29 and a near perfect 57 out of 60 for the night.
Former pro football star Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson had a hard time keeping up with the other competitors. The couple's sequins shined much brighter than their mambo and jitterbug routines. They tied with Brooke and partner Derek Hough, receiving 49 points in total.
"Hannah Montana's" Cody Linley was happy to have his old partner Julianne Hough return to the dance floor. (Linley had been partnered with pro Edyta Śliwińska while Hough recuperated from appendix surgery.) The couple received the lowest score of the evening for their salsa, a 24 out of 30 and a total of 46/60.
Spotted in the audience -- dancing legend Mitzi Gaynor. Tonight, "Dancing with the Stars" welcomes performances fromAretha Franklin, Leona Lewis and John Legend. Pro Julianne Hough will also belt some country twang. Find out who will be the final three couples to compete next week -- tonight on ABC!
Olympic track star Maurice Greene got the boot last night on "Dancing with the Stars." Maurice's catch phrase, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner," will live on in "Dancing" lore as he leaves the floor.
Greene and partner Cheryl Burke were tied for last place with "Hannah Montana" star Cody Linley and Edyta Sliwinska. The Disney star's fan base filled phone lines to keep him on the show. TV host/model Brooke Burke is currently the show's leader -- and the only female celeb left! *NSYNC stud Lance Bass will have to step up his game to stay in the competition, and former NFL player Warren Sapp is getting closer to the lead.
Dr. Drew Pinksy made an appearance on the show last night to offer some couples' therapy, and an especially weepy Cody required a box of Kleenex. The sexy salt n' peppered doc gave his advice to contestants before next week's highly anticipated semi-finals.
Last night's "Dancing with the Stars" brought a new addition to the competition -- 15-second solos! This was a way for some stars to been seen... and for others to receive lower scores.
First place still belongs to the only female star left in the competition -- Brooke Burke, who delivered an amazing tango. Hip-shaking is what this star does best, but judge Len Goodman wants to see more, "I'm going to start treating you like a professional." Brooke scored 55 points during Monday night's show.
Then it was comeback time for former footballer Warren Sapp. The retired defensive tackle didn't let his big feet get in the way during his solo. He received a perfect 10 during his ballroom routine for a total score of 54 out of 60. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was thrilled, "Someone brought his sparkle game back on the floor!"
Former boybander Lance Bass and partner Lacey Schwimmer left their usual upbeat playfulness at home, but were still able to keep the judges happy. The duo received 50 points at the end of the night.
Track star Maurice Greene received plenty of praise from the judges for his paso doble, but that wasn't enough. Maurice scored an average 48 points tying with "Hannah Montana's" Cody Linley, who clearly misses his regular partner Julianne Hough. Replacement partner Edyta Sliwinska has a different way of choreographing routines, and the two don't share the same chemistry he has with Hough.
One more star has to pack their bags before semi-finals start up next week. Find out who gets the boot tonight on ABC.
She has won an Emmy, but daytime diva Susan Lucci will not be winning the mirrored ball on "Dancing with the Stars."
Lucci and partner Tony Dovolani received the lowest number of viewer votes for their performance of the paso doble on Monday night's show. The judges scored the routine a weak 24 out of 30.
In a "DWTS" first, competitors were split into two groups during Monday's performances show. Lucci lead Team Cha-Cha with "Hannah Montana" cutie Cody Linley and former boy-bander Lance Bass. Judge Carrie Ann called the performance "brutal," and the team scored a lousy 20. Former Oakland Raider Warren Sapp received a rockin' 29 points with Team Paso Doble, which included babe Brooke Burke and Olympian Maurice Greene.
The team routine scores, combined with the partner dancing scores and viewer votes sent Lucci packing. Susan will return to her day job in Pine Valley as Erica Kane on "All My Children."
"Dancing" queen Brooke Burke continued her reign over the dance floor last night by earning the first perfect score of the "Dancing with the Stars" season with a jazzy foxtrot.
Burke and partner Derek Hough earned rave reviews from the judges -- and the fair-haired Hough paid the model a rarely heard compliment during rehearsals, telling Brooke, "There are moments in there when I feel like I'm dancing with a professional." Judge Bruno Tonioli called the quick-footed number "a gobsmacking, beautiful performance from start to finish."
Lance Bass and Maurice Greene also earned high marks from the judges. "Hannah Montana" star Cody Linley, whose partner Julianne Hough is out of the competition this week, teamed up with Edyta Sliwinska -- but faltered during the Viennese waltz. Actress Susan Lucci and NFL star Warren Sapp also garnered low scores.
No one will be going home tonight, due to the presidential election coverage, but "DWTS" resumes Wednesday night, when one more dancer will be asked to leave the floor.