Dancing with the Stars: Two celebrities will be eliminated tonight

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 23, 2009 

Two celebrities will be eliminated on tonight's "Dancing with the Stars" at 8 p.m. on ABC. A tribute to Patrick Swayze and a performance from the Broadway production of "The Lion King" will also air.

Viewers' votes will be added to the judges' scores to determine which celebrities and their professional dance partners will be leaving the show. After Monday and Tuesday's performances, those with the lowest judges' scores were singer Macy Gray, actor Ashley Hamilton and NFL star Michael Irvin with 19 points each. Model Kathy Ireland and politician Tom Delay are only one point ahead with 20 points each.

For the women, model Joanna Krupa was the point leader with 34 points. Close behind with 31 points were rock princess Kelly Osbourne and singer Mya. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin had 27 points; actress Melissa Joan Hart had 24 and actress Debi Mazar had 22.

For the men, singer Aaron Carter was in first with 32 points. Singer Donny Osmond was in second with 30 points. "Iron Chef America" Chairman Mark Decascos had 29. Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito earned 27. Ultimate Fighting Champion Chuck Liddell received 22.

The highest possible judges' score a contestant could have received was 40 points. Scores are higher this season because of the "relay" dances. Celebrities were split into four groups of four and competed against the other contestants in their group. Judges ranked each celebrity first through fourth and awarded an extra 10 points for first, 8 points for second, 6 points for third and 4 points for fourth. Relay points were added to each celebrity's individual dance score. Each celebrity was awarded up to 30 points for his or her individual dance.

Here are this season's pairings:

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo

Mark Decascos and Lacey Schwimmer

Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke

Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts

Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska

Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas

Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya

Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin

Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson

Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower

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