DWTS: Lil Kim, Shawn Johnson Surging In Competition

Apr. 7 2009, Published 11:05 a.m. ET

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Lil Kim and Shawn Johnson are making Melissa Rycroft sweat.

The pair of female Dancing With The Stars contestants, once regarded as afterthoughts in the competition to ex-Cowboys cheerleader, both gained steam in this week's competition, posting identical scores of 26 points (besting Rycroft's 25-point total).

Doing the Vienna Waltz with partner Derek Hough, Lil Kim earned high praise from the judges for her sassiness and sexiness.

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"You brought every moment to life," judge Carrie Anne Inaba said, adding that Lil Kim and Hough complemented each other perfect.

The Olympian Johnson's interpretation of the same dance, with partner Mark Ballas, was "pretty as a picture," according to judge Bruno Tonioli; she also earned kudos from Inaba for her simple, proper footwork.

Check out tonight's results show at to see if their respective performances won over the voters as they did the judges . DWTS airs at 9/8c on ABC.


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