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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Will Emmitt Smith make finals of 'Dancing'?

By Lynn Hoppes



Two celebrities will be sent home on tonight's episode of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars," and it's no sure bet the athletes -- Olympic speedskating champion Apolo Ohno, Olympic gymnastic champion Shawn Johnson and football legend Emmitt Smith -- will make next week's finals.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to advance," Smith told Playbook. "It's a very tough field. Trust me, everybody is feeling the pressure and strain. It's going to be tough to leave and tough to see others leave."

On Monday's live semifinals show, Smith and partner Cheryl Burke danced the Espionage Lindy Hop and the tango for a combined score of 54 out of 60, tied for the lowest score of the night.

This week was extremely challenging because both are very energetic dances," Smith said. "Both were fast-past. We tried to get the routine down and execute it to an optimum level."

Johnson, teaming with pro dancer Derek Hough, was the best dancer on Monday, with 59 points. Ohno, with pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, finished with 57. The other two competitors are TV stars Melissa Rycroft (57.5) and Kelly Monaco (54).

Next week, there will be three competitors vying for the mirrorball trophy.