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Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 Results

by Erin Martell, posted May 1st 2007 11:56PM

Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy(S04E13) This week's elimination wasn't exactly surprising, but the entertainment value of the results show made up for it. I wish that ABC had made DanceCenter a regular part of the elimination episodes instead of the Jimmy Kimmel segments. Nothing against Guillermo, but Kenny Mayne grilling Len Goodman is just good TV.

The judges chose the encore performance by a coin toss, but they would have picked a winner either way. Laila and Maksim won out over Joey and Kym, and their Samba was as hot as ever. I initially thought the judges were going to let both couples perform, since the results shows are normally so padded. This week, however, there were some amazing and hilarious segments.

Some of this season's musical acts have been less than astounding (Macy Gray, anyone?), but Dancing With The Stars is on a hot streak lately. Last week's Joss Stone appearance was followed up with a breathtaking set of performances by Meat Loaf. Meat Loaf isn't quite the voice of my generation, but, as a performer, he is a sight to behold. The Loaf brought the house down as three of the professional couples danced.

This was probably the first time that a musical performer had my undivided attention. I did my best to watch pros Alec, Elena, Brian, Kym, Cheryl, and Louis, though. My favorite pair was probably Cheryl and Louis; I miss Louis. The backstage "male bonding" between Ian and Joey was inevitable, given Joey's comments on Monday. Ian's only response to Joey's joke was to call him the "driving force behind *N Sync." Easy there, Steve Sanders. Remember what they say about glass houses.

Part one of DanceCenter was funnier than anything I've seen on this show. It was refreshing to hear jokes that had nothing to do with how old Len is. Season Two competitors Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice joined Len for some ESPN-style commentary on the remaining contestants. My favorite moments: Kenny claiming that women hate Cheryl Burke; Jerry asking why Laila can't be called the "female Jerry Rice" (Kenny: "because Emmitt won"); and, the giant telestrator circle drawn around Joey's bottom.

The first elimination round revealed that Laila and Maskim were safe, and that John and Edyta were in the bottom two. I booed along with the audience, but John was a natural choice. That downer moment was turned around by a group of tiny dancers. How do you top dancing children? Will dancing teddy bears perform next week? Maybe they could just let a group of puppies frolic around onstage. The kids were sweet and polished at the same time. I'm trying to remember how coordinated I was at their age. Perhaps I shouldn't dwell on that.

The men of DanceCenter returned to size up the last three contestants. Kenny thought that "J-Rat" was 70 or 80 years old, and compared his facial expressions to a child excited about a new toy. Agreed, but why wasn't the J-Rat nickname used earlier? Now it's too late. Len took some heat from Kenny about giving Billy Ray such "crappy scores," and Apolo's facial hair got some telestrator time. Meat Loaf's second showstopper was accompanied by another professional couple. I honestly wouldn't have minded if Meat Loaf sang without the dancers; he's that incredible.

Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo's Cha Cha Cha demonstration was forgettable. The second phase of the elimination put Apolo and Julianne in the clear. Next, it was on to the audience feedback. Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth supported their 90210 classmate, Cheech Marin praised J-Rat, and fans believed that Billy Ray's animal magnetism would keep him in the competition. They got the animal part right, anyway.

Ian and Cheryl had to sweat it out until the final elimination announcement, but they were safe (along with Joey and Kym). This put Billy Ray and Karina in the bottom two with John and Edyta. After the break, John and Edyta were sent home. Billy Ray was disappointed; I don't think he's looking forward to learning two more dances. The audience gave John a well-deserved standing ovation. For a last-minute replacement, he went very far, and this week's performances were his best ever. So long, J-Rat.

6 out of 7Like all results shows, this episode contained filler, but it was entertaining filler. I'm giving it a 6 out of 7. Brett will be back next week to review the top five couples' Ballroom and Latin performances. Make sure you keep voting for your favorite celebrity dancers in AOL's Dancing With The Stars poll!

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louise patterson desalvo

First of all,has anyone noticed that the music does NOT fit the dance? Second,how come when it was the latin half,Laila did the jive? Somethig just isn't right!She is very full of herself,very arrogant!Get rid of her!

May 09 2007 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

*******DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE A WEST COASTER SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE ON THE WEST COAST: EAST/CENTRAL COASTERS ONLY!
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ok now That you've been warned I can talk.
My personal favorite is Joey, but I also like Laila and if Joey doesent win she would be who I'd like to see win. SHe's great too. Love her~ Cant stand Ian though, ESPECIALLY after what happened tonight. After what happened tonight, Im voting for Joey all the way. He was in the bottom 2 with Billy Ray Cyrus. Even CHERYL and Ian looked shocked when Joey & kym were announced int he bottom 2. All the couples were! Joey is 2 million times better than Billy Ray AND Ian Ziering, yet Joey was in the bottom 2. PEOPLE NEXT WEEK PLEASE SAVE JOEY AND KYM THEY ARE THE TRUE CHAMPIONS DO NOT LET POPULARITY OF CHERYL BURKE MAKE THIS COMPETITON LOSE JOEY!

May 08 2007 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

I give all of the dancers a hand, but who comes up with the music for these dances because it just does not match the dance.

May 08 2007 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HEIDI

I FEEL THAT WHEN IT GETS DOWN TO THIS LEVEL THAT AMERICA HAS DONE THEIR PART, NOW WE SHOULD GIVE IT TO A PANEL OF PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN CRITIQUE (SPELLING COUNT?) THE DANCES. IT TURNS OUT TO BE A POPULARITY CONTEST. THAT BASKETBALL PLAYER, MY GOD, TALK ABOUT 2 LEFT FEET, HE HAD ENOUGH LEFT FEET FOR HIS WHOLE TEAM!!!!!! I THINK IT SHOULD BE JUDGED ON PERFORMANCE, AND HOW MUCH OF A DANCER THEY LEARNT TO BE & DIFFERENT AREAS LIKE THAT, NOW, ITS JUST A POPULARITY CONTEST. SAME THING FOR AMERICAN IDOL. BUT WHAT DO I KNOW I USED TO DANCE, TAUGHT IT BUT NEVER MADE IT TO THAT LEVEL SO WHAT I STILL LOVE TO DANCE. WHAT ABOUT TEACHING THE AMERICAN JOE TO DANCE. I'M GAME. CONTACT ME I'D LOVE IT.

May 08 2007 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kasey

I think Apollo is the best dancer out there. I love to watch him and his partner. They look like they are having so much fun. Laila is great too. Should be them in the finals.

May 08 2007 at 5:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
josie

I think it was so rude the commeny Bruno made I feel he owes Billie Ray an apology his daughter was in the audience what an idiotic comment to make no matter how bad he thought they were he had no right to say something so hateful if that was professional they need to quit !

May 07 2007 at 8:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DancingLady1933

Laila and Maks don't get along. Anyone can see that. He really dislikes the way she ignores him and his instructions. There's the same (bad) dynamic between Cheryl and Ian because Ian thinks he knows better than Cheryl. Pay close attention when they show the practice sessions and you will observe the tension within each of those pairs. I feel for Maks and Cheryl because they are stuck with partners that don't want to listen, learn and do things well.

May 07 2007 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DancingLady1933

Laila IS so overrated. I'm glad someone else sees it. There's an old movie (1933 or 1932) in which Joan Crawford somehow gets the lead among all the real dancers in a chorus line. The film is called "Dancing Lady." Watching Crawford clump around, I could not help think she looks like a dancing cow. It's terrible. //Anyway, back to Laila, who substitutes lurid moves for steps. She should have gotten no more than 7 and 8 scores to date. And, I'm guessing she is close to the bottom among audience votes -- that's why the judges rate her so high (to keep her in). I saw this before in season II when the judges did everything to keep Jerry Rice (audience favorite) from winning; they scored him much lower than he deserved.

May 07 2007 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arch 2

Maybe that's just her way. She is respectful of her
intended husband and also making sure she keeps within her moral boundaries.

Once the performance is over, there should be no guessing as to whether or not there is a relationship off the screen.

The sister is just "Keeping It Real"

May 04 2007 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cathy

I have a question: I enjoy watching Laila Ali but have a problem. Does anyone else notice that she is very reserved after her dancing? She doesn't hug Maks, when their scores are revealed she doesn't get excited along with him, or even when they've finished dancing, other couples sometimes hold hands when they go backstage, but hot her. I know she's engaged, but she appears almost "cold" towards Maks....
Cathy

May 03 2007 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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