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The next couple to take the dance floor is Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke, dancing the Viennese waltz inspired by “O.” Their water-themed performance wins over the judges.

Carrie Ann Inaba praises his frame and encourages him to keep going. Julianne Hough says it was the perfect way to integrate Cirque du Soleil and acknowledges that he’s taking their criticism and getting better. Bruno Tonioli praises the amount of content, his frame and how he flowed across the dance floor. He calls it his best performance to date. They score a 22.

Watch Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke’s “O”-Inspired Viennese Waltz

The glitz and glamor of Cirque du Soleil takes over the ballroom tonight in a special performance episode. Couples will perform dances inspired by various Cirque du Soleil shows, including The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, PARAMOUR, “O,” Mystère, KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities, Zumanity, KÀ, and La Nouba. Troupe members and professional Cirque du Soleil performers, aerialists and acrobats will accompany the artistically-infused dances. Two couples will be sent home in tomorrow night’s results show, which will also include performances from DNCE, the male pros and a special number from Derek Hough.

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According to ABC, “Ryan Lochte has become a transcendent figure in the Olympic world. He is a four-time Olympian (Athens, Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro) and a 12-time Olympic medalist (including six Gold, three Silver, and three Bronze). His seven individual Olympic medals are second all-time in Men’s Swimming, and he is the current world record holder in the 200 individual medley. Ryan has been named both American and World Swimmer of the Year twice in his career (2010 and 2011) and has a total of 70 medals in major international competition, including 45 first place finishes.”

Now in its 23rd season, “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home each week.

This season’s star-studded line-up includes Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, actress Marilu Henner with Derek Hough, model Amber Rose with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte with Cheryl Burke, rapper Vanilla Ice with Witney Carson, former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, actress Maureen McCormick with Artem Chigvintsev, R&B singer-songwriter Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds with Allison Holker, reality TV star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber, country singer Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess. Actor Jake T. Austin and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry were eliminated in the first two weeks of competition.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs Monday and Tuesday nights starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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