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Brooke Burke: Last woman dancing on “DWTS”

November 11, 2008

(Reporting and writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Five celebrities are left on “Dancing with the Stars,” but only one is a woman. Fortunately for her and for fans, hostess and model Brooke Burke knows how to do the jitterbug, the samba, the rumba and whatever else the show’s producers throw at her.
Chalk it up, perhaps, to Burke’s time waltzing around the globe as the host of the E! travel show “Wild On…” All that globe-trotting must have taught her a few dance steps. On Monday’s show, Burke, 37, topped the leader board with a judges’ score of 55 out of 60 for two dances. Last week, she and her professtional dance partner Derek Hough scored this season’s first perfect 30. So, it’s a fairly safe bet she won’t be traveling anywhere except across the ballroom floor anytime soon.
Meanwhile, retired professional football star Warren Sapp is pressing on in the competition. On Monday’s show he huffed and puffed about being 300 pounds and having to glide across the dance floor. But he finished second in Monday’s scoring, with 54 out of 60, and got the judges smiling with a routine that included his partner tapping a door-knock on his head.
And Julianne Hough, the popular dancing partner of “Hannah Montana” star Cody Linley, is due back on Tuesday’s show, after taking a couple weeks off for surgery to deal with a complication from a medical condition called endometriosis. The 18-year-old Linley could probably use Hough’s help. His scores have been average throughout the competition, except for in week 5 when Hough helped him to a 28 out of 30 with a jitterbug inspired by 1950s icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Despite finishing at the bottom of the judges’ scoring on Monday, Linley stood next to thinly-clad temporary partner Edyta Sliwinska and delivered the best line of the night. When co-host Samantha Harris asked if he ever expected to be dancing with a half-naked woman, he answered, ”I may have imagined it but I never expected it.”
Still, funny lines are not enough to win the competition (as Cloris Leachman found out). And the question remains, does any man in the competition have what it takes to defeat Brooke? Or, could Brooke repeat Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi’s win from last season and give the women two wins in a row on “DWTS”?


I think this competition’s is Brooke’s to lose, she’s really talented! Here’s a video of her tango with Derek last night: 5w

Posted by dwtsfan08 | Report as abusive

I hope that Brooke takes home the trophy. Besides last year, this competition has been plagued with men winners. I think it is time for a change of order with women taking the upper hand in this competition. Go Brooke!

Posted by Monica Gold | Report as abusive

I so would look like Brook Burke is the ONE to win and with Derek…it’s a great team and they dance beautifully together. She is amazing to watch and with being a mom and having a 6 month old baby gives women all the ahhh sigh…. Great LUCK in Winning this and HOPE all the VOTES keep pouring in for YOU BOTH..MY VOTES are there !
Warmth, Joy and Smiles…Roshandra


i’m tired of seeing men when this competition. It’s time for a woman to take home this trophy, and that woman is Brooke!
Brooke is right up there w/ Kristi Yamaguchi in how well she dances and as far as anyone knows Brooke doesn’t have any previous dancing training. so for someone who’s never danced before she’s awesome.
i wish i could dance like that, but i have two left feet!

Posted by Tara | Report as abusive

I have been a fan of Brooke’s since her Wild on E days. As a dancer myself I know the hard work it takes to get to that level of performance. She deserves to win and I am going to start phone banking for Brooke. YES WE CAN!


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