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Monday, April 25, 2011
Hines Ward not taking it for granted on 'DWTS'


With four weeks of the regular season remaining on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars", Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is feeling good about his chances but he isn't taking anything for granted.

"I know what you're saying but there really isn't a front-runner," said Ward, who won't admit it but his scores show that he's in the lead of the seven remaining dancers. "Everybody is really close. You just need to remain consistent, week in and week out."

On Monday night, the dancers will take part in "Guilty Pleasures Week", meaning they can do anything they want. It should be a good week for Kendra Wilkinson, Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio as they all love to ad-lib.

Ward will be relying on the expertise of his partner, Kym Johnson, to help him be creative on Monday.

"She is phenomenal. She's won it before and knows what it takes to get there," Ward said. "I'd be stupid not to listen to her. I trust her."

Johnson is the only dance professional to have won the title in two countries. Paired with Donny Osmond, she won Season 9 of the U.S. series. Paired with TV host Tom Williams, she won Season 2 of the Australian version.

"I don't go in and try to overstep her toes," Ward said. "She's my coach or my quarterback. I'm very coachable here."