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Marathon bombing victim vows to dance again; Raisman advances on 'Dancing'

Posted by Katie McLeod  April 30, 2013 10:46 PM

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"Dancing With the Stars" honored Boston Marathon bombing victim Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dance teacher at Boston’s Arthur Murray Studios who lost her foot in the attack. Host Tom Bergeron announced "DWTS" will follow Haslet-Davis's progress and said it plans to have her on the show to dance when she's ready. During the interview, Haslet-Davis expressed her excitement about being contacted by the show, explaining how difficult her recovery has been, but said she will dance again. She and her husband were out walking at the marathon when one of the bombs exploded just a few feet away from them. Haslet-Davis's husband had recently returned from Afghanistan. She spoke with the show from Boston where she's working toward learning to walk with a prosthetic leg. “The future is in front of me," she said.

As for this season's contestants, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman made it through to the next round, but one funny man wasn't so lucky. Comedian Andy Dick and partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated during week 7. Raisman, who performed her colorful salsa routine again with partner Mark Ballas during the results show, earned 29 points out of 30 Monday night in the individual performance round. The pair tied with country singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough, who wowed the judges with their samba.

Dick, on the other hand, pulled off another crowd-pleasing number with his light-hearted rumba, but the judges weren't too impressed, again citing his technical flaws. He earned a total of 17 points. This week, Dick's popularity with the audience couldn't save him.

"General Hospital" star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, who also danced a rumba Monday night but earned 25 points, joined Dick in the bottom two before they learned they were ultimately safe for one more week.

Should Raisman take home the "Dancing" trophy? Who are you rooting for? The remaining contestants will be back to compete on Monday, May 6, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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