Monday’s edition of “Dancing with the Stars” was clearly the most demanding one of the season, as the remaining four couples had to take on the challenge of performing three different routines over the course of the night — or really four, considering that two people would end up doing another cha-cha for the new “winner take all” challenge.
This was a night really taken over by Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, who suffered a scary situation on Friday after suffering a dangerous neck injury. Even if she doesn’t win the competition, you have to believe that her determination won her over a good many more fans. (It’s really too bad that they didn’t end the night with the highest overall score.)
Ralph Macchio: After suffering a pretty harsh injury last week, Ralph at least seemed to be a bit more on point this week. Was his Argentine tango perfect? No, but it was at least technically solid and felt as if Ralph wasn’t struggling through it. At this point, it’s going to be an uphill battle for the “Karate Kid” to advance to the finale. Score: 25
Kirstie Alley: Here, we have the curious case of the judges’ scoring. Nobody said anything bad about this dance at all, but for some reason she only received three nines. What gives? It’s almost more entertaining at this point, though, to listen to Kirstie’s pre-performance arguments with Maksim Chmerkovskiy than to watch the dances themselves. Score: 27
Chelsea Kane: Now, here comes more controversy. One dance after Kirstie got near-positive praise, Chelsea was nearly ripped to shreds by Carrie Ann Inaba for this intense tango — and yet, she ended up getting the highest score of the night at the time she performed. Shocked? So are we. Score: 28
Hines Ward: Let’s face it — no one was going to give Himes anything less than perfect scores after what happened to Kym Johnson on Friday. Her injury was a major theme in the show, but what was really even more moving was seeing the tough-guy NFL player come unglued and tear up after he performed a tango with his quick-healing partner. Score: 30
Ralph Macchio: The judges ended up going from crazy to mean for this salsa, which may pose a question here — is this show becoming too much about these people? Ralph did not give a technically-sound performance, but he did manage to entertain in a bizarre sort of way with his take on a Pitbull hit. Score: 23
Kirstie Alley: Does anyone else find it weird that Kirstie Alley ends up dancing to a song about cocaine just minutes after she talked about overcoming an addiction to the drug? If you can forget about that (and the who’s who of celebrities appearing in her pre-dance montage), this was another technically-solid performance (even if it did not cause any jaws to hit the floor). Score: 27
Chelsea Kane: The stream of perfection continues! Following Hines’ performance earlier in the evening, Chelsea came out and delivered an emotional dance with Mark Ballas, which was especially effective since she started out in a veil that looked straight out of a Lady Gaga video. Score: 30
Hines Ward: I would say “the stream of perfection continues” yet again, but it’s pretty much a given at this point. This was an energetic salsa, but too be honest it was probably a bit over-scored. Was it a good bit of fun? Yes, but the thing that stood out the most was that Kyn Johnson was dressed in the colors of Hines’ AFC opponent the Kansas City Chiefs. Score: 30
The “winner take all” cha-cha
This was a clever little experiment, one obviously designed to get some of the more-deserving stars into the finale by giving the winner of this dance-off fifteen extra points to boost their score. Immediately, this appeared as if it would be a way to get Chelsea Kane into the finale through some help. (No, this is not a conspiracy — it’s just that Chelsea is probably one of the most talented but lacks a fan base.)
Hines and Chelsea were the two winnrs of the first stage of the competition, meaning that they had to do an “instant dance” to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” with about four minutes of preparation. It was impressive that they each ended up even finishing. Chelsea and Mark did end up winning the night, which does at least make this prediction true (even though it does not mean she will end up winning the show.) Now, they go into Tuesday in the lead.
Who will you be voting for MondaY?
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