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Johnson Flips to Fourth-Place Tie on 'Dancing'
(95 votes, average 4.91 out of 5)

Performing a few gymnastics moves in their Lindy Hop performance, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas tied for the judges' fourth-highest total score on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday.


Johnson and Ballas perform the Lindy Hop

"The Lindy Hop is my dance," Johnson said during rehearsals. "Flips and tricks are right up my alley, and I think that will be my secret weapon to get ahead in this competition."

Dancing last among the 11 couples, Johnson and Ballas performed an athletic, fast-paced routine that included a few front and back flips. They scored 25 out of 30 points, tying them with rodeo champion Ty Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower for the evening's fourth-highest total.

Actor Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke, who performed the Argentine tango, were the top couple with 30 points.

Johnson, the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medalist and all-around silver medalist, admitted she was anxious during Monday's dance. "I was shaking," she said. "I got this nervous at the Olympics."

All three judges commented favorably on Johnson and Ballas's routine, but two of them said the performance could have benefited from more dancing.

"You've really given us a spectacular feast of tricks and gymnastics," judge Bruno Tonioli said. "You were really flying around like I can't believe, and obviously you're good at it. But remember, you're a good dancer, as well, so sometimes do more dancing....but I did enjoy it."

Another judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, said she did not think the Lindy Hop was the couple's forte, but praised Johnson's precision and charisma. "You're such a polished performer," Inaba said. "When I watch you, I'm completely taken in."

Ballas, who spent time working out with Johnson on gymnastics equipment to prepare for the routine, said Johnson's gymnastics talent was a natural feature to highlight in their dance.

"When we got in the gym, I got to see her do some amazing stuff," Ballas said. "I was inspired and thought I'd throw her a few things in the routine. I'm excited how we did tonight. She did great and I'm proud of her."

Two couples will be eliminated in Tuesday evening's results show.

Johnson said she was not concerned with the prospect of elimination that she and the other couples face on Tuesday.

"Anything can happen," Johnson said. "I had a great time tonight. I did my best, and that's all that matters."

UPDATE: Johnson and Ballas survived Tuesday's results show, during which two couples were eliminated: reality star Holly Madison and partner Dmitry Chaplin; and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and partner Karina Smirnoff.

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