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Johnson Rumbas to Third-Place Tie on 'Dancing'
(95 votes, average 4.74 out of 5)

After earning a standing ovation for their rumba, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas shared a third-place tie on ABC'S "Dancing with the Stars" Monday.

Johnson and Ballas scored 26 out of 30 points from the three judges, tying them with actor Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke for third place among the eight couples who remain in the competition. Marini and Burke danced the jive.

Rapper Lil' Kim and partner Derek Hough had the evening's highest score (28) for their jive, followed by "The Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani (27), who danced the rumba.

All three judges praised Johnson's and Ballas's flowing, romantic interpretation of the rumba.

"Shawn, that was so beautifully pure, it was almost angelic," judge Bruno Tonioli told Johnson. "The innocent side of romance (was) unfolding in front of me, and yet again, sometimes I can see the hint of the devil!"

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she sensed the romantic nature of the rumba was difficult for 17-year-old Johnson because "it calls upon you to dig into something that is new to you." Inaba credited Ballas for helping demonstrate a romantic quality in the second half of the couple's dance.

"I think you got it just right, and I enjoyed the whole performance," said the third judge, Len Goodman.

UPDATE: Johnson and Ballas survived Tuesday's results show, during which reality star Steve-O and partner Lacey Schwimmer were eliminated.

External Link: Dancing with the Stars

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