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Johnson Tangos to Perfect Score on 'Dancing'
(150 votes, average 4.89 out of 5)

After scoring a perfect 10 from all three judges for their first of two dances, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas finished second for the evening in ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" semi-finals on Monday.

Johnson and Ballas earned their first perfect total (30 points) of the season for their first dance, the Argentine tango. All three judges praised Johnson's dramatic flair and precision.

"You are our youngest competitor ever, so sometimes I worry if you're going to be able to deliver the emotional content," judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "But I'm silly, because you delivered. The lifts were incredible. You're so connected to your movement. The focus is incredible. Precision is your middle name."

Agreeing with Inaba, judge Len Goodman said the 17-year-old Johnson danced with a maturity he was not expecting. "It was honestly, without a doubt for me, your best performance," Goodman said.

Bruno Tonioli, the third judge, dubbed Johnson "Catherine Zeta Shawn" in reference to actress Catherine Zeta Jones's role in the musical film "Chicago." "It was like watching the murderous tango in Chicago - 'He had it coming,'" said Tonioli, using a line from the musical. "You've got it coming big-time, honey. That was good."

For their second dance, the jive, Johnson and Ballas received 26 points. All three judges commended the couple's entertaining performance, but Goodman and Tonioli said the dance could have included more actual jive elements. "I felt you lost a little steam toward the end, but it was still a really wonderful performance," Inaba said.

Johnson and Ballas scored 56 out of 60 points for the evening, to finish second behind actor Gilles Marini and partner Cheryl Burke, who scored perfect 30s for both dances. Third were "The Bachelor" contestant Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani with 55 points, followed by rodeo champion Ty Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower with 48 points.

Audiences could phone in votes until 30 minutes after the end of the show, and could vote online until noon Eastern time Tuesday. The couple with the lowest combination of judges’ scores and audience votes will be eliminated in Tuesday's results show.

During rehearsals, Johnson said anything less than a perfect pair of dances Monday would cost her a place in the finals. She was more confident after the jive performance, despite the less-than-perfect scores she and Ballas received.

"We have been working so hard," Johnson said. "I have had the time of my life here, and I didn't even think I'd make it to Week 2 let alone Week 10, the semi-finals. I'd love to make it to the finals, just to prove that I can do anything, and anything's possible."

UPDATE: Johnson and Ballas advanced to next week's finals during Tuesday's results show. Rodeo champion Ty Murray and partner Chelsie Hightower were eliminated.

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