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Cloris Leachman said what?


114361_0021_pre.jpgABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” hit its midway point on Monday, and  it seems no better time than now to write about it. The star of this year hasn’t been the dancing so much as the comedy provided by 82-year-old Cloris Leachman, who continues to hang on in the ballroom competition. And again on Monday night,  Leachman gave the show what was perhaps its most entertaining moment. 

When co-host Samantha Harris interviewed Leachman and and partner Corky Ballas backstage after they danced a salsa, she asked Leachman what kind of character she had tried to portray in her routine. Leachman said Ballas wanted her to play “A something ho.” She struggled to remember exactly what Ballas wanted until, finally and proudly, blurting out “A skanky ho.”

As for the actual dancing, there was plenty for the judges to gush about in an evening that featured celebrity competitors showing off th114361_0086_pre.jpgeir best West Coast swing, hustle, jitterbug and salsa steps. Brooke Burke and professional dance partner Derek Hough got a top score of 29 our of 30 for their jitterbug performance and were followed closely by fellow jitterbuggers Cody Linley and his dance partner, Julianne Hough with 28.  
It was a night for the athletes, as the judges praised former Olympic sprinter Maurice Greene and his partner Cheryl Burke, and former pro football player Warren Sapp and his partner Kym Johnson.
And if there was a DWTS version of the Purple Heart, it would go to daytime TV star Susan Lucci, who hit the dance floor soon after visiting the hospital and being diagnosed with a fractured bone in her foot. “I didn’t see any ounce of pain in your body and I love it, you just went through it like a trooper,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. 
The next elimination will happen on Tuesday’s show, but if you want to get in your favorite pick now. Here’s your chance. Tell us who should go.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)

(Photos: copyright 2008 ABC Inc., Kelsey McNeal)