‘Dancing With The Stars’: Ricki Lake Reclaims The Top

Rob Kardashian also impresses the judges.

The talk-show queen has regained her crown!

Ricki Lake turned in a stellar performance during Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Lake impressed with her samba, and she and her partner Derek Hough brought the audience — and the picky judges — to their feet during the semifinals telecast of the show.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Lake earned a perfect score during the first round from the judges; hard-to-please head judge Len Goodman even cheered her on, saying, “Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!” She later came back to dance the tango, which earned her another pair of perfect 10s and a nine from Carrie Ann Inaba.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
After coming off last week’s impressive dances — he earned back-to-back perfect 30s — the war hero failed to impress the judges this week. He hurt himself earlier at dance rehearsals — he had a twisted ankle — and his paso doble earned a mere 23 points. His second dance was the tango; the judges gave him 27/30 for it.

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
The reality-TV star took on the samba for his first-round dance, and the judges liked what they saw. “Rob, it was amazing,” Inaba told him. He earned 28 out of 30 for that dance. For his second-round dance, he danced the tango, which earned him 27 points.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
The Olympian failed to channel her sexy the way the judges have been chiding her to do all season long. Her first-round performance was the paso doble, and the judges gave her a paltry 21/30, saying it was too aggressive. Her second dance was a tango, and they said she improved, but not by much. She earned 24/30.

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