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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Nicole Scherzinger, Evan Lysacek Soar On Dancing With The Stars Semi-Finale

May 18 2010, Published 10:39 a.m. ET

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Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Olympian Evan Lysacek both stepped it up for Monday night's semi-finale of Dancing With the Stars, as each earned an overall 59 out of 60 possible points on an evening the remaining four contestants clearly brought their 'A game'.

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Scherzinger and pro partner Derek Hough spoke with's Tina Malave about how they moved judge Carrie Ann Inaba to tears, en route to earning a perfect score for their Argentine tango.

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"It just meant so much that we even moved her to tears, you know?" Scherzinger -- whose second dance, the cha cha, received 29/30 points -- told exclusively. "You know being able to connect with someone like that, you know you're out there for the right reasons."

The evening was full of big performances and big scores, including ESPN’s Erin Andrews, whose Viennese waltz and paso doble got her 56/60 points.

Cincinnati Bengals star Chad Ochocinco scored a stellar 52 out of 60 possible points for his waltz and samba, but with his competition tearing it up as they did, he might be tackled right out of the competition on Tuesday's results show. The six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver told's Tina Malave he's not frustrated at all being the only competitor with no dance background coming into the show.

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"It's about not having any experience at all, and being able to come back and get better week-by-week, that's what it's about," he told us. "If they want dancers, they can get dancers, they already have professionals here.”

Lysacek, whose foxtrot and paso doble kept him neck and neck with the Pussycat Doll, said he decided to spice things up this week with a “vampire storyline.

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"Maybe I have a future as a vampire," he joked. (Twilight on Ice?)

Dancing With the Stars returns Tuesday at 8/7c.

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