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Yamaguchi tied on top with NFL's Taylor

Judges award first perfects 10s of the season

Kristi Yamaguchi unleashed some inner passion during her Paso Doble on ABC's hit show, "Dancing with the Stars."
Kristi Yamaguchi unleashed some inner passion during her Paso Doble on ABC's hit show, "Dancing with the Stars." (courtesy ABC, Inc. / Kelsey McNeal)

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By Linda Przygodski
(04/08/2008) - Kristi Yamaguchi "unleashed her inner harlot" on Monday's episode of ABC's hit show, Dancing with the Stars.

A week after the judges urged Yamaguchi to show more passion, she delivered a seductive Paso Doble with her dance partner, Mark Ballas.

"I'm learning that, in dancing, the emotional side is as important as the technical side, especially in this competition," said Yamaguchi. "I think I have been afraid to show so much emotion because you make yourself vulnerable.

"This is intense. I've never done anything like this before. I've got to get the judges to feel something -- no more prim and proper. I am going to get out there and show more passion; be aggressive."

And Yamaguchi did just that.

The dance earned the pair two perfect 10s and a nine for a total score of 29 out of a possible 30.

"You have both set the standard for this competition," praised judge Carrie Ann Inaba. "That was fantastic. You took some risks, and I felt so excited watching it."

Yamaguchi and Ballas find themselves at the top of the scoreboard for the third straight week, but this time they are not alone.

Miami Dolphins defense end, Jason Taylor and partner Edyta Sliwinska performed the Viennese waltz and also received two perfect 10s and a nine for an overall score of 29.

"She's much better looking than the guys I play against," Taylor joked about Sliwinska.

Next week is Latin week, and the couples will be dancing the samba or the rumba.

(Note: Adam Carolla and partner Julianne Hough were sent packing after the audience vote on Tuesday).