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Dancing With the Stars Week Four: The Woman to Beat ...

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Dancing With the Stars kicked off its 13th season three weeks ago with J.R. Martinez, Chynna Phillips and Ricki Lake looking like they would become the three celebrities to beat this fall.

Last night reinforced this ... for two of the three.

Chynna fell short with a routine so lackluster she apologized for it openly - and may end up in jeopardy tonight if fans don't come to her aid. Her score put her near the bottom Monday.

As for Ricki and J.R., they formed a formidable 1-2 in that order, with Lake delivering without a doubt the best routine of the week and season, a tantalizing tango just shy of perfection.

With 29 points, she led by three over J.R., whose 26 was still good enough for second place by himself. The Iraq War vet and actor is showing he's more than just an inspirational story.

Chaz Bono, meanwhile, turned in his best performance of the season, buoyed by the support of his mom Cher in the audience. How did the rest if the night's scores shake out?

Ricki Lake, Dancing With the Stars

The scores for the fourth night of Dancing With the Stars performances were as follows:

  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26
  • Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24
  • David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21
  • Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
  • Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20

Who was your favorite Monday? Do you think anyone was treated unfairly by the judges? Who's your pick to make it all the way to the finals, and who do you predict will be on the way out tonight?

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Sue-ann

I hope J.R. wins. He is beautiful to watch, so graceful and expressive. I like Derek Hough, but I think the celebrities should be judged on how well they themselves do, not on how talented their partner is. Maks is a hunk and a half, but I voted for Kirstie last season, not for Maks. She was the competitor. I was inspired by Chaz last night. I know from personal experience how much it hurt to run up those stairs. He made me cry. Carson made me laugh. I don't care that their routine was not perfect -- they were lucky not to fall over those swords. It was funny, very, very funny. This is entertainment, not the Olympics. (Which are ALSO entertainment, by the way ...)

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I don't care for Ricki. Derek is the best and that is not fair to the other contestants. Ricki Lake will win this season. I don't think she is that great. I don't care to watch the show any more.

Delphincik

the main judge should be replaced, he wants something that these stars just learning to dance, he wants something that only professionals can!

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Dancing with the Stars is back up to par with Derek back. He is without a doubt, the best professional dancer on the program. Ricki Lake is proving to be a great partner. lOVE TO WATCH DEREK DANCE!!

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