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Johnson Sambas and Mambos to Third-Place Tie on 'Dancing'
(135 votes, average 4.73 out of 5)

Based on scores they received for their solo samba and group mambo performances, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas tied for the third-highest total of the evening on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Monday.

Johnson and Ballas scored 27 out of a possible 30 points for their samba, which judge Carrie Ann Inaba awarded a perfect score of 10.

"What I'm looking for is great technique, solid performance, nailing every step, not making mistakes," said Inaba, who also awarded Johnson and Ballas a perfect 10 last week. "That's what I saw tonight."

Judge Len Goodman gave Johnson and Ballas their lowest score, 8 points. "I don't think you'll ever dance bad, but...good isn't good enough," Goodman said. "It was OK, but it wasn't your best."

Bruno Tonioli, the third judge, praised Johnson's poise and precision. He awarded the couple 9 points.

"You're always an effortless, carefree dancer," Tonioli told Johnson. "Everything you do is always well placed and beautifully done. You're not a wild child, you're not Lady Gaga yet, but you've got time to grow into it. For me, you did a good samba."

In the team dance later in the show, Johnson and Ballas joined two other couples to form "Team Mambo," which scored 25 out of 30. "Team Tango," which consisted of the other three couples, scored 28 points.

Based on the combined scores of their solo and team dances, Johnson and Ballas tied rodeo star Ty Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower for the evening’s third-highest total, 52 points. Rapper Lil' Kim and partner Derek Hough were first (56), followed by actor Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke (55).

Viewers had until 30 minutes after the show to phone in votes, and have until noon Eastern time Monday to vote online. Based on the judges' scores and viewers' votes, one of the remaining six couples will be eliminated during Tuesday's results show.

Johnson said she enjoyed the process of learning and performing the team mambo dance.

"I had a great time," Johnson said. "I'm used to working with a team, so when I got to work with all the other girls... It was a lot of fun."

UPDATE: Johnson and Ballas survived Tuesday's results show, during which country singer Chuck Wicks and partner Julianne Hough were eliminated.

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