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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Week Four Recap: Dance by Dance

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The remaining nine celebrity competitors on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, danced to famous movie themes Monday night under the watchful eyes of their equally famous family members gathered in the audience, including Chaz Bono’s mother, Cher; and David Arquette’s sisters, Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette, and his ex-wife, Courteney Cox.

Up first were Chynna Phillips and her partner, Tony Dovolani, who danced the tango to the theme from Mission Impossible.  The Wilson Phillips singer lost her place during the dance and struggled to the finish, and the judges noticed.

“You lost it, it went wrong, you didn’t know where you were and you panicked,” head judge Len Goodman said, telling Phillips she’d made a lot of mistakes.

David Arquette channeled his inner Indiana Jones, and he and partner Kym Johnson got a standing ovation for their energetic paso doble to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were wildly enthusiastic -- Inaba said the actor had strength and charisma -- but Goodman said Arquette stomped too hard and failed to display proper posture.

He was followed by fashion guru Carson Kressley, who took to the dance floor with Anna Trebunskaya to perform a Viennese waltz to the theme from The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.  In keeping with their previous critiques of Kressley, the judges all said they loved his performance but faulted him for a lack of technique.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced the paso doble to the theme from the science fiction cult classic Flash Gordon.  Goodman said her dancing was “competent” but not exciting, and Tonioli said the dance needed to be more assertive, but Inaba disagreed.

Soccer World Cup star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy unveiled a foxtrot to the theme from Toy Story.  Tonioli said the dance "was so lovely," while Goodman encouraged the pair to work more as a team.

Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke danced the paso doble to the Superman theme.  Inaba told Kardashian that he embodied everything that a man should be on the dance floor, saying he had style, strength, sensuality and fluidity.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough -- who topped the leaderboard with 27 points last week -- performed a tango to the theme of the movie Psycho.  The audience surged to its feet when the pair’s routine ended, and the three judges loved it.  They gave the pair 29 points -- the highest score of season 13.

Bono and Lacey Schwimmer turned in a rousing paso doble to the theme of Rocky.  The activist is battling a knee injury and has been struggling in the competition, but his performance Monday night brought tears to Inaba’s eyes.  She said she was touched by Bono’s determination to succeed.

Bono’s mother, Cher, was also emotional in the audience, cheering and applauding her son.

Actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez delivered a humorous, crowd-pleasing foxtrot to the Pink Panther theme with partner Karina Smirnoff.  Inaba said it was technically OK, but the humor was unnecessary, although Goodman and Tonioli were impressed.

Based on a combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores, one celebrity will be voted off during the results show Tuesday.

Here are Monday night’s scores:

-- Lake and Hough: 29/30
-- Phillips and Dovolani:  21/30
-- Martinez  and Smirnoff: 26/30
-- Kardashian and Burke: 24/30
-- Kressley and Trebunskaya: 20/30
-- Arquette and Johnson:  23/30
-- Solo and Chmerkovskiy: 24/30
-- Grace and MacManus: 21/30
-- Bono and Schwimmer: 21/30

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Chaz Bono on 'DWTS': 'America Really Needs to See This'

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Transgender activist Chaz Bono is speaking out for the first time against critics who say he should not be allowed to compete in the upcoming season of ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.

"It's made me realize I'm really glad I'm doing this, because America really needs to see this," Bono told ABC News Thursday outside a Los Angeles, Calif., theater where he and his professional dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, were on a break from production for the show, scheduled to premiere Monday, Sep. 19, on ABC.

His selection by the show's producers to be among the cast of 12 celebrities set to appear on the hit show's 13th season, and his partnering with a female dancer, have grabbed headlines and drawn the high-intensity ire of some Dancing fans and conservative media groups.

Bono, the 42-year-old son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, underwent a female-to-male gender transition, and legally changed his gender last year.

Since Monday's season 13 cast announcement and Wednesday's pro-pairing revelations, the expected lightning rod of having only the second openly gay man, Carson Kressley, in the show's history, the first being singer Lance Bass, included in this season's lineup has been overshadowed by the casting of Bono.

"We will not be able to watch the show with Chaz on there," Monica Cole, director of told Inside Edition on Wednesday. "This is going to be very confusing for children, and should not be included in their cast."

The online group is calling for a boycott of the show, writing on its website that the casting of Bono "is completely unacceptable and Christians should not watch the show, no excuses!"

Bono made headlines in 2009 when he announced his intentions to switch from female to male through hormonal and surgical procedures.

He wrote a book about his transition and made a documentary, Becoming Chaz, which aired on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network in May.

Bono, currently engaged to longtime love Jennifer Elia, says the current controversy is motivating him even more to share the truth about transgender people, and his new life.

While Bono uses his critics' comments as motivation, his team is hitting back against the online groups and comments calling for Bono's ouster from the show.

"What I tell people to do, my clients, is ignore it. It's people writing on a bathroom wall," Bono adviser Howard Bragman said Friday on Good Morning America, singling out as one group considered to be a "hate group" by many. "A lot of people put their hate opinions on email, and the vast majority of it is anonymous."

Bragman said parents should instead use his client's inclusion in the show as a teachable moment.

Also hitting back is Bono's mother, Cher, who gave birth to then-Chastity Bono 42 years ago. The singer has defended her son on Twitter, saying "it took guts" to participate in the celebrity ballroom dancing show.

"Chaz is being viciously attacked on blogs and message boards about being on DWTS!" she wrote.

She urged her 340,000 followers to pledge their support for Bono on other social media sites.

"I support him no matter what he chooses 2do," Cher tweeted. "It took courage to do DWTS!"

She added that "mothers don't stop getting angry with stupid bigots" who hurt their children, but said she was sure the "vast majority of people will love Chaz" on the show.

Bono replied to the comments on his Twitter page saying: "Thanks for all your support mom. The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can."

So far, Bono's celebrity competitors on the show are sticking behind him as well.

"Unless Chaz commits a felony, I don't have a problem," HLN legal analyst and talk show host Nancy Grace told ABC News. ""I just don't think it's our business to be judging other people for their personal decisions. "

Besides Bono, Kressley and Grace, the Season 13 cast includes basketball star Ron Artest; World Cup soccer player Hope Solo; reality stars Robert Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari; TV personality Ricki Lake; singer-actress Chynna Phillips; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis, better known in the United States as George Clooney's ex-girlfriend.

The man responsible for including Bono in that celebrity lineup, Dancing With the Stars executive producer Conrad Green, hopes the voting public will put their personal opinions aside and let Bono's dance moves do the talking.

The first test to see whether America is ready to accept a transgender dancing celebrity will come Tuesday, Sep. 20, when the couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show at 9 p.m. ET.

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Chaz Bono Talks 'Becoming Chaz,' Cher on 'Oprah'

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- After years of struggling with his sexuality, Chaz Bono opened up about transitioning to a man on Monday's Oprah.

"Life was always so much more difficult," he told Oprah Winfrey about his former life as Chastity Bono. "It also felt like my body was literally betraying me."

Bono, the 42-year-old son of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, made a documentary about his transition, Becoming Chaz, which airs on Oprah Winfrey's OWN Tuesday. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, which Bono attended with his partner, Jennifer Elia. Cher was absent.

On Oprah, Bono revealed that Cher has seen the film and that, "She really liked it a lot. But I think it was probably hard to see," he said. "She has finally gotten that this is the thing that's making me happy."

The Bono in Becoming Chaz is desperate to erase all signs of his femininity. He injects himself with testosterone; he binds his chest so tight he has trouble breathing. "I'll be really happy to get rid of these," he declares before finally going under the knife to remove his breasts.

No one seems more uncomfortable with Bono's change than Cher. The two appear together in one scene at the end of Becoming Chaz, after the credits start rolling. But the majority of Cher's input in the movie comes via a single-camera interview in which she often refers to her son as a woman.

Watch Chaz Bono's interview on ABC's Nightline Monday at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT and tune in for more on Good Morning America Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET/PT.

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Cher Sets Chart Record with Latest Single

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- A dance remix of the Cher's latest single, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," has topped Billboard magazine's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, making the singer the only act to have scored a number one single on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.

When told of her achievement, Cher joked to Billboard, "How can it be six decades when I'm only four decades [old]?"

Cher's first number one hit came back in 1965 with "I Got You Babe," along with her ex-husband Sonny Bono.  In the '70s, she scored with number one hits like "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady."  In the '80s, Cher topped the adult contemporary charts with "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "After All."  In the '90s, "Believe" was a smash hit on the Hot 100, and in 2000's, she scored number one dance hits with "A Different Kind of Love Song" and "When the Money's Gone."

Cher's current hit, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from her movie Burlesque, just won a Golden Globe this past Sunday for the song's writer, Diane Warren.

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Cher: You Haven't Seen the Last of Me

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/AEG Live, Denise Truscello(NEW YORK) -- The glittering costumes, the bright lights, the stage, the hair -- and glittering talent -- have all contributed to the award-winning megastar Cher's incredible presence over the past five decades.

For the first time in a decade, she's starring in a feature film, Burlesque.

In it, 64-year-old Cher plays Tess, the golden-hearted proprietor of a down-on-its-luck club -- a character to whom Cher said she can relate.

"Tess is the kind of...she's the mother...of all of it, you know?" Cher said. "She's the one that is the caretaker. But she's no nonsense, too.

"She's tough all the way through," she added. " one's tough all the time."

No one could remain on top for as long as Cher has without being tough, both mentally and physically. The new film, she said, took a good deal of determination.

"It was the hardest work I ever did on a film. Sixteen-hour days," she said.

Working opposite women less than half her age, including 29-year-old singing sensation Christina Aguilera, Cher said the other actresses couldn't believe she was 64.

"The girls were mesmerized with the fact that I was my age," she said. "Could not believe it. Could not compute it."

It is a bit hard to believe. Twenty years ago Cher famously wore a lacey, see-through leotard in her music video, "If I Could Turn Back Time." She wore it again at this year's VMA Awards, where she proudly announced on stage, "I'm the oldest chick with the biggest hair and the littlest costume." 

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