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On “Dancing With the Stars,” is it Cody Linley’s last dance?


(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)
“Hannah Montana” star Cody Linley has waited patiently until he could reunite with his favorite high-stepper, Julianne Hough, who was out on medical leave. On Tuesday they hit the floor together again on “Dancing With The Stars,” after Cody squeaked past last week’s elimination round. But how long will they last? 

Tuesday night, 18-year-old Cody fretted over whether he could pull off his paso doble, saying he worried his young age could keep him from looking manly enough for the dance style, which is meant to resemble a bull fight. As it turns out, Cody had other problems with the dance. The judges called his performance wooden and stiff, and judge Len Goodman remarked on Cody’s military outfit and marshal choreography as he gave Cody a dressing-down.

“I’m afraid you’re going to get your marching orders, because that was not good. I’m sorry,” Goodman said.     
Cody and Julianne fell to the bottom of the scoring tally with a 46 out of 60 for their two dances. Cody has found himself in the basement for three weeks straight. But don’t blame Julianne. While Cody was struggling the past two weeks, Julianne was recovering from having her appendix removed and Cody had to dance with a replacement partner.  
Elsewhere, the judges had nothing but praise for former ‘N Sync star Lance Bass and partner Lacey Schwimmer, who scored at the top of the four couples left on the show with a 57 out of 60. Retired football star Warren Sapp dazzled audiences with his big personality that goes with his oversized frame, tying model and TV host Brooke Burke with a score of 49. But the judges have been hard on Warren, faulting him for having flat feet, while they have had almost nothing but praise for Brooke. Are Brooke and Lance bound to square off in the finals? Or will Cody somehow sneak through the elimination round again?

(Photos: Copyright ABC Inc; Kelsey McNeal)

Endometriosis strikes twice on “Dancing With the Stars”


(Reporting and writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

Only days after ”Dancing With The Stars” standout Julianne Hough announced she would take time off from the competition because of a condition called endometriosis, a second dancer has said she too has the condition — and it has made her “extremely weak.” 
Dancing pro Lacey Schwimmer, who is partnered with former “‘N Sync” band member Lance Bass, told celebrity television show “The Insider” that she was diagnosed this week with endometriosis, a condition in which tissue normally found in the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body.
Schwimmer told “The Insider” that she realized she had many of the same symptoms as Hough, and so she got checked out by a doctor and was diagnosed with endometriosis.
“It hurts very bad,” Schwimmer said. “Right now I’m insanely weak and the room is spinning.”
Despite all that, Schwimmer is not expected to take time off from rocking the ballroom on “Dancing With The Stars.” Hough, who had surgery this week to remove her appendix, will take at least two weeks away from dancing on the show. On her Web site on Wednesday, the 20-year-old singer and dancer said she would perform her single “My Hallelujah Song” on “Dancing With The Stars” Nov. 11.

Endometriosis is not contagious, and the condition affects only 5 to 10 percent of women.
(Photo: copyright 2008 ABC; Kelsey McNeal)