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March Madness - March 19

Are you ready for some more? Season 4 of "Dancing With The Stars." You know how we do.

The ballroom brawl everyone's a spectator at is back. We promised you more moves and you got 'em. I'm Pierre Kelly and you've come to the right place for a new season of over the top dancing fun. But it's all serious when the judges and the people watching see what the couples think inside the box. Let's look at our lineup card of pros and joes, er, I mean stars.

STARS
Heather Mills (charity campaigner)
Shandi Finnessey (host of "Lingo" and "Playmania")
Laila Ali (boxer)
Clyde Drexler (former Portland Trailblazer)
Joey Fatone (former N*SYNC member)
Billy Ray Cyrus (country music singer)
Leeza Gibbons (TV personality)
Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills, 90210")
Apolo Anton Ohno (speed skater)
Paulina Porizkova (model)
John Ratzenberger ("Cheers")

DANCE PROS
Cheryl Burke (only person to win 2 titles in a row; Ian's partner)
Kym Johnson (used to partner with Jerry Springer last season; Joey's Partner)
Alec Mazo (Used to partner with Kelly Monaco in season 1; Paulina 's partner)
Juilanna Hough (International Latin Youth champion; Apolo's partner)
Edyta Sliwinska (used to partner with Evander Holyfield and Joey Lawrence; John's partner)
Karina Smirnoff (used to partner with Mario Lopez last season; Billy Ray's partner)
Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Used to partner with Willa Ford & Tia Carrerre; Laila's partner)
Tony Dovolani (Used to partner with Stacy Keibler and Sara Evans; Leeza's partner)
Brian Fortuna (2005 Imperial Dancesport champion; Shandi's partner)\
Johnathan Roberts (used to partner with Trista Rehn; Heather's partner)
Elena Grinenko (used to partner with Tucker Carlson last season; Clyde's partner)

The stage is set, the tempo is upbeat and everything's on the table for all 11 couples as they tackle the foxtrot and the cha-cha. So what do you say? Let's get the season started!

Kicking off the 4th fabulous season is our dance pros doing "Ballroom Blitz" with the girls in green dresses and the guys in black. That'll be a warm-up, now let's get to the dancing.

Up first, Ian & Cheryl. They're the first out the gate doing a cha-cha to "Mony Mony" by Billy Idol. Throughout the routine, it was shaking including spins & a dip from the Cheryl we know 2 seasons ago. Now we get first glance this season at the judges. Carrie Ann said it was really good at the start, Len said Ian's a really good partner and Bruno said it was the cherry on the cake. Now the first look at the scores in a split second...

CARRIE ANN-7
LEN-7
BRUNO-7
Total Score: 21
That's a good way to start.

Taking 2nd is Paulina & Alec ready to foxtrot to "Too Darn Hot." Paulina goes down stairs with a heat gesture and did a leg hang with a dip to end it later on. Now let's cool down with the judges. Carrie Ann said it had a little bit of awkwardness, Len said it was too hard, and Bruno said it got class oozing from every corner. And here are the numbers:

CARRIE ANN-6
LEN-6
BRUNO-7
Total Score: 19
It'll be 2nd place for them.

Now up in 3rd position is Billy & Karina doing a cha-cha to "I Want My Mullet Back." Karina did a Latin solo and Billy Ray broke out one solo of his own. Both did a swerve move and spin hops before Karina did a split nearing the end. Was it really their money's worth on the judges? Carrie Ann said he needs to work on the musicality, Len said it was more like a hoedown and Bruno said it was like a crazy bear lost in the woods. We found the numbers and here they are....

CARRIE ANN-5
LEN-4
BRUNO-4
Total Score: 13
And they end up in the basement.

Ready to dance now is Leeza & Tony fox-trotting to "Strangers in The night" by Frank Sinatra. Leeza did a leg lift and a quick one later on before both slow dipped to the end. Now we go the judges. Carrie Ann said it brought character to life, Len said it was very good technically and Bruno said they've got to relax. Now let's get the scoreboard in gear...

CARRIE ANN-5
LEN-5
BRUNO-5
Total Score: 15
Still not a good score, but it's good for 3rd.

Here's Joey & Kym right now doing a cha-cha to "You Should be Dancing" by the Bee Gees. Joey did a swerve move and broke it down solo. Kym did spins and both did some arm pumping. Now we go to the judges. Carrie Ann said the competition began right now, Lens aid it was really good and Bruno said this is what it's all about. And this is what the scores are about...

CARRIE ANN-8
LEN-8
BRUNO-8
Total Score: 24
And they take the lead!

Now we're ready for Laila & Max doing a foxtrot to "How Sweet it Is" by Marvin Gaye. Laila slinks across the floor and by the end she goes up to the band area while Max's foot is on the stair. How did that go? Carrie Ann said it was effortless and seamless, Len said it floated like a butterfly, glided like a swan and Bruno said it's oozing sex appeal. Now the numbers:

CARRIE ANN-7
LEN-8
BRUNO-8
Total Score:23
And they snatch 2nd place.

Ready to go is John & Edyta doing a cha-cha to "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin. John did a guitar gesture at the start, and did his own dance. Edyta did a leg lift & dip to end it. Can this be a chain reaction with the judges? Carrie Ann said it was surprisingly good, Len said it was a good job and Bruno said it was poles together and apart in 90 seconds. Now the numbers in 7 seconds or less....

CARRIE ANN-6
LEN-5
BRUNO-6
Total Score: 17
And they go in 5th place.

We're all set for Shandi & Brian doing a foxtrot to "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & The News. Shandi did a leg lift, and a quick one later, followed by a spin & a dip to end it. Now the judges get our say. Carrie Ann said the upper body was fantastic, Len said it did come out & sell it, and Bruno said it was Barbie & Ken live in the living room. Please. Let's get with the numbers.

CARRIE ANN-6
LEN-6
BRUNO-7
Total Score: 19
And they tie for 5th place.

And up now is Clyde & Elena, and at 6'7, he's the tallest competitor on our show today. They'll cha-cha to "I was made to love her" by Stevie Wonder. Both did a can opener move and Clyde came out with his best...or worst moves. Did the judges see that? Carrie Ann said he was dancing a little small, Len said it was such a charming performance and Bruno said it's such a charming world. Oh, I get it, he's good, let's look at the scores....

CARRIE ANN-6
LEN-5
BRUNO-5
Total Score: 16
Not a bad score, but a little worse.

Heather & Johnathan are up , and may I remind you, Heather is the first contestant with an artificial leg and I mean that. Now they're ready to foxtrot to "Cheek To Cheek." Can they do it? Let's see. It's now working for Heather with a kick and a dip to end it. I told you she was good. Now the judges. Carrie Ann said watch the arms a bit more, Len said it was far more right than wrong and Bruno said it got more guts than Rambo. Now the numbers....

CARRIE ANN06
LEN-6
BRUNO-6
Total Score: 18
And they get 6th place.

Last up, Apolo & Julianne doing a cha-cha to "Let's Hear it for the Boy" by Deniece Williams. Julianna tugs Apolo's shirt lightly to start it off, and she did a split followed by a spin & a dip to end it. How did that go? Carrie Ann said the hip action was amazing, Len said Apolo's posture wasn't great, and Bruno said it was a joy to watch. Will it be a joy to see the numbers one last time?

CARRIE ANN-7
LEN-7
BRUNO-7
Total Score: 21
and they tie for 3rd place.

All 11 danced and it's no more. Here's our scorecard:

24 - Joey & Kym
23 - Laila & Maks
21 - Ian & Cheryl, Apolo & Julianne
19 - Paulina & Alec, Shandi & Brian
18 - Heather & Jonathan
17 - John & Edyta
16 - Clyde & Elena
15 - Leeza & Tony
13 - Billy Ray & Karina


Next week will be the week they'll nail the mambo and the quickstep, and to those couples scoring in the teens, it'll be time to step up or for one, it's step off, which I'm about to for now. We'll see you next week and until then....goodnight everyone.

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