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Ricki Lake appears in a still from the November 14 episode of Dancing With The Stars. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

'Dancing With The Stars': Dance By Dance Recap - Semifinals

11/14/2011 by Olivia Allin

There are only four stars left in the "Dancing With The Stars" Semifinals and the stakes are high since only three will make it to next week's Finals for a chance of winning that seductive Mirror Ball Trophy. As if the pressure weren't enough, the celebs had to pull off three(!) different dances - the Paso Doble/Samba, the Argentine Tango and a Cha Cha Relay, where they could receive bonus points to earn an extra edge.

But tonight's episode was a mess of emo, with J.R. Martinez and Hope Solo suffering injuries and all the celebs sharing their life stories in montages of photos, family commentary and admittedly, some tears. But there were also some pleasant surprises on the dance floor and it's anyone's guess who will make it to the end!

Here's a rundown of the night's dances, with scores from highest to lowest:

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough - 30 out of 30 for Samba / 29 out of 30 for Argentine Tango / 8 bonus points for the Cha Cha Relay / Total: 67 points

Ricki Lake was all smiles in Monday's show and brought a new confidence to her performance. She and Derek Hough did a rousing Samba to "Jump In The Line (Shake, Senora)," cheering up the dance floor in their bright yellow ensembles. Len Goodman validated the performance saying, "Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. You just took a giant step into the finals."

During the life story segment, Lake talked about her childhood and wanting to perform. But when she was molested as a child, she turned to food for comfort. Lake's acting skills earned her breakout role in the 1988 John Waters movie "Hairspray" and an early onslaught of fame. Lake lamented that she kept gaining weight, but in adulthood, she eventually turned a corner and lost 100 pounds. Around that time, she got a call to do "The Ricki Lake Show." But after the show ended, Lake had another rough patch with her divorce.

For Lake's second dance, she did a very precise and serious tango with what the judges called "seamless lifts." Goodman told the former talk show host, "Ricki, I don't think you know how good that was, because it was really, really good." Bruno Tonioli said she was "peerless." And Carrie Ann Inaba said that Lake's newly-found core strength added "pop and shine" to the performance.

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke - 28 out of 30 for Samba / 27 out of 30 for Argentine Tango / 10 bonus points for the Cha Cha Relay / Total: 65 points

Rob Kardashian decided during practice that he was going to utilize his "secret weapon" and unleash the booty for this week's Samba. And though he and Cheryl Burke made everyone worry a bit when they arrived for their Samba on a rainbow float, shaking maracas, they stole the show. Their upbeat dance earned a joyful standing ovation from the audience.

Carrie Ann Inaba said, "It was fantastic." Len Goodman told him, "Once I saw you coming in on that float, shaking your maracas I said, 'Oh no.' But once you got on that floor, I was saying 'Oh yes.'" And Bruno said of Kardashian's booty-shaking, "That's how you turn a handicap into an asset."

During his life story video component, Kardashian's mom Kris Jenner talked about Rob's father who was so excited to have a son after three daughters and how hard it was when Robert Sr. died of esophageal cancer in 2003, when Rob was 16-years-old. Rob went to the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, but didn't know what to do with himself after graduating. His family often make fun of him on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" for not having a career parth but Bruce Jenner said that since he's started dancing, Rob has stepped out of himself and that it's the "best thing he's ever done." Kris said he went into the show a boy and has become a man.

After his sensual Argentine Tango, Inaba said, "there was no faking involved, that was good strong dancing." Bruno told Kardashian that he started out as a "goofy outsider" but now he is full-on manly.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff - 23 out of 30 for Paso Doble / 27 out of 30 for Argentine Tango / 6 bonus points for the Cha Cha Relay / Total: 56 points

We see Martinez twist his ankle in a grueling slow motion replay during practice and while he suffered through the pain he had set the bar pretty high last week with two perfect scores. Smirnoff choreographed a dance to the theme of "Mask of Zorro," which received another standing ovation.

But apparently the vet twisted his ankle again during the performance, because he looked pained during those ten steps to the judges stand. All three judges commented on Martinez's bad posture during the routine and Len Goodman said the dance was, "More zero than Zorro."

In his life story segment, Martinez opened up about growing up poor, but learning from his mother to always smile, no matter how hard it got. Martinez joined the army on September 12, 2002 and in 2003, he hit a landmine in Iraq and ended up with burns over 40 percent of his body. Though he wanted to die at the time, his mother told him he will be loved for what is inside and he pulled through. In 2008, Martinez joined the cast of "All My Children" and said in his clip that positivity has been his secret to success.

Martinez went into his Argentine Tango with a rarely seen frown, but powered through the pain. He was visibly upset after the performance, but the judges praised the routine. Inaba said the dance was "like there was a true fire burning" and praised the team's difficult lifts. Bruno said, "It had mood, it had intensity."

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - 21 out of 30 for Paso Doble / 24 out of 30 for Argentine Tango / 4 bonus points for the Cha Cha Relay / Total: 49 points

Hope Solo revealed during rehearsals that she has been in immense pain due to an old shoulder injury which required micro fracture surgery. The new strain from "DWTS" on top of playing soccer was so rough, that she got an injection for the pain that she said she was saving for the Olympics.

Solo took the stage looking fierce for a fiery Paso Doble but seemed to have forgotten her lessons about loosening up... she came off a bit stiff. Len Goodman told Solo that though she had attitude and aggression, she lost finesse. Bruno said that though she was "unchained and untamed," she was also a bit out of control. Inaba agreed, telling the soccer pro that she "nailed the character of the dance," but lost her "shaping."

During her personal video, Solo opened up about her father, who after her parent's divorce, kidnapped her and her brother and was put in jail. Solo recalled seeing a homeless man on the way to soccer practice years later and recognizing him as her father and reconnecting. Her family recalled that Solo was competitive from birth. And when she went to the World Cup for soccer, shortly after her dad died, she proved it.

Solo came back with a sensual performance to "Whatever Lola Wants" and began the routine laid out on the judges table. Goodman said the introduction was "like a buffet of tasty morsels laid out before me." Bruno called the routine sexy and said that for once, she looked like she liked Maks, or as Bruno so delicately put it, "you didn't look like you were going to kill him."

Who will make it to the finals? We'll find out tomorrow on "Dancing With The Stars: The Results Show!"

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