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Raisman romances 'Dancing' judges with Viennese waltz

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  April 1, 2013 07:51 PM

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Needham's own Aly Raisman romanced the judges with her strong performance Monday night.

During "prom night" on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," the Olympic gymnast and her partner, Mark Ballas, performed the Viennese Waltz to the song "Give Me Love." Judge Len Goodman initially surprised the crowd when he said, "Up until tonight, I've been really impressed with your dancing. Not so much tonight." Luckily for Raisman, he was making an April Fool's joke.

Judge Bruno Tonioli was impressed with the 18 year old. "We were all swept away, he said. "You express it so well for someone so young." The main criticism she received was from Carrie Ann Inaba, who said Raisman wasn't "quite confidant in the character.” Despite the criticism's, Raisman and her partner picked up 23 points from the judges.

Before her performance, Raisman talked about how she was able to show her romantic side during the waltz. Although she’s never been in love, she finds inspiration elsewhere. “I watched a lot of movies before, so that helps," she said.

Country singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough had the highest score of the night with 25 points. Inaba gave the pair high praise when she said the dance was "ridiculously amazing."

Disney actress Zendaya Coleman and partner Val Chmerkovskiy tied in second place with NFL player Jacoby Jones and partner Karina Smirnoff, while Raisman tied in third place alongside boxer Victor Ortiz. The contestants will find out which dancer has to return home during the elimination show on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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