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Top scorer Raisman moves on to next 'Dancing' round

Posted by Katie McLeod  April 9, 2013 10:13 PM

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Aly Raisman is safe yet again this week on "Dancing With the Stars." The Olympic gold medalist from Needham scored the highest total Monday night with partner Mark Ballas. The duo danced a contemporary number to the song "Titanium," earning them a score of 27 points. During the results show Tuesday night, Raisman and Ballas gave an encore performance of the routine that showcased Raisman's strength and spirit, leading the judges Monday to remark on her display of emotion as well as her technical abilities.

Other top scorers who remained safe this week: Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy; Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough; and Ingo Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson.

Before revealing the bottom contestants, country singer Brad Paisley took the stage and Jennifer Lopez and Andrea Bocelli performed a duet, "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" -- a song from Bocelli's new album, "Passione." Derek Hough did a featured dance with Brilynn Rakes, 17, who is legally blind with a passion and talent for dance. The moving piece left Hough nearly speechless afterward when he was asked by host Tom Bergeron about dancing with Rakes. Hough managed to say he lives for these kinds of moments, a touching time during the performance-packed show.

So which contestants didn't move on?

The bottom three pairs included Andy Dick and partner Sharna Burgess; Victor Ortiz and partner Lindsay Arnold; and Lisa Vanderpump and partner Gleb Savchenko.

In the end, it was between Vanderpump and Ortiz before Vanderpump was ultimately sent home. The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star fainted during a rehearsal before Monday night's performance, but made the decision to go ahead with her dance shortly before she was scheduled to go on. Her efforts may not have saved her, but she thanked her cast-mates and Gleb before taking the dance floor for the final time. At least she can spend more time with Giggy (her beloved dog, for those of you who don't know).

Raisman and fellow contestants will be back to dance again Monday, April 15, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

What do you think? Should Vanderpump have made it another week? Or was she the right contestant to be eliminated? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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