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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Hines Ward, Chris Jericho likely safe on 'DWTS'



Tuesday is the first elimination in ABC's "Dancing with the Stars", and the athletes -- Sugar Ray Leonard, Chris Jericho and Hines Ward -- likely will survive.

On Monday, the trio loosened up a little and rose to the occasion. Ward and partner Kym Johnson wowed the judges and are second in scoring, while Jericho and partner Cheryl Burke are in fourth. Leonard and partner Anna Trebunskaya are in ninth place but should hold on.

The two lowest scorers are talk show host Wendy Williams (and Tony Dovolani) and radio host Mike Catherwood (and Lacey Schwimmer). So that duo, along with model Petra Nemcova are the ones in danger of being sent home.

Catherwood is matter-of-fact about the competition.

"It's really not about dancing. It's all really about personality," Catherwood said. "The natural showmen and women are going to be the best. They have the uncanny ability to capture the audience and push the momentum of the show."

Ward said chemistry between the celebrity and professional dancer is the key.

"It's similar to football. What makes teams so special?" he said. "You don't have to have the most talent but you must have the best team chemistry."