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Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 Results

by Erin Martell, posted May 16th 2007 1:20AM

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson

(S04E17) This week's elimination wasn't exactly shocking, but there was a lot of suspense leading up to the final announcement. There was also a ton of filler, and not the entertaining Kenny Mayne-style filler. In the recap of Monday's performances, we learned that Julianne snorts when she laughs, which only makes her more adorable.

The judges selected Joey and Kym's Jive for the encore performance, which was a great choice. Once again, the couple put on an energetic show for the audience. Say what you will about Joey's butt (Len), but he knows how to win over a crowd.

Tom finally mastered the pronunciation of Enrique Iglesias' name in time to introduce the singer. Iglesias sang "Hero," which I can remember being used in the commercials for several TV dramas during the 2001-2002 season. The entire time Enrique sang, I kept picturing slow-motion shots of ER and Third Watch. Pros Louis, Edyta, Alec, and Karina were on hand to perform as well. I had forgotten how incredibly flexible Edyta is! I imagine that the pros look forward to these performances, since they can bring out the more challenging moves.

The audience members got to weigh in on the performances, and there really wasn't a clear favorite. Jane Seymour was in Camp Fatone, and Len obviously flew in a British man to agree with his ruling on Apolo's "raunchy" Cha Cha Cha. In the first results announcement, Joey and Kym were declared to be safe. They will be one of the three couples in next week's finals, and they truly deserve it. The couple worked hard this week after being in last week's bottom two, and won back the fan votes.

There was a special performance by Joaquin Cortes, who is some kind of Flamenco-Ballet dynamo. After weeks of couples' dancing, it was exciting to see a solo performer. Anyone who dances alone in gold shoes must be awesome, right? Cortes' dance is difficult to describe. He seemed to be in his own world, and the dance itself was intense, odd, and hot at various moments. It was basically like watching any Gary Oldman performance.

Is Jimmy Kimmel even trying to be funny anymore? This latest segment was pure torture. Kimmel and Guillermo opted to show their co-workers dancing around the office. They even threw in an accountant joke. Oh, those nerdy accountants with their lack of rhythm! Comedy gold. I hope Kimmel is left out of the final results show. I can't take any more of this.

After Enrique Iglesias performed a single from his new album, there was a segment about the contestants' backgrounds. The judges broke down the advantages that athletes and entertainers bring to the competition. No major surprises here: athletes are more competitive and physical, while entertainers are more comfortable in front of audiences and in makeup. They were really reaching with some of these segments.

Paige and Michael from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition were in the audience. Why wasn't Ty Pennington there? Oh, right. The celebrity contestants got a chance to size up their opponents, and we learned that Ian is hardworking, Joey is a great performer, Laila is elegant, and Apolo is athletic. I'd like to see a segment on the hosts. They could show Tom Bergeron saying "Enrique Iglesias" repeatedly in front of a mirror, and Samantha Harris selecting maternity gowns. Anything to escape the recycled material ABC is putting out there now.

The next set of results put Laila and Maksim on the safe list. I'm glad that a woman made it to the finals; Laila and Maksim have become one of my favorite couples. There was no bottom two this week, so the judges' bottom two, Apolo and Ian, were left to sweat it out. Ultimately, Ian and Cheryl were sent home, which put Apolo and Julianne in the finals. Cheryl's winning streak had to end sometime. Ian's farewell speech was sincere and humble, and I felt a little bad that he had to wear the Elvis jumpsuit in his last appearance. At least he wasn't wearing the wig.

5 out of 7I'm giving this results show a 5 out of 7--this episode was a little slow for my taste. Brett will be back to recap the finals, which should be amazing. All three of the remaining couples deserve to be there. I predict that Apolo and Julianne will win, barring any major disasters in next week's performances.

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garden

Apolo is great. His partner needs to choose her clothes better. for maxmium flow of the dance. The out fit she hand on for the first dance was not correct for the dance. Len was right. sometimes i agree with him.
Joey is a good dancer. He will show men that dancing is a good thing.
I hope more men are watching. Dancing is fun

May 22 2007 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
garden

Apolo partner needs to tone down and get a better outfit.
what she had on was too distracting swinging all over the place. Plus it was difficult for Apolo to place his hands for lifts.
i was not a rumba dress. she should know better.
if they lose it will be becasue she wants to showcase herself.
but it will be tough.
joey is also very good and shows a big many can dance.
I vote for Apolo. but is is very very very hard to choose.

May 22 2007 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
patricia

You guys LIKED to watch Ian dance?
Better than Laila?
Better than Joey?
BETTER THAN APOLO?
I thought it was rather painful.
He was kind of stiff and goofy to me.

May 21 2007 at 7:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mern

Apollo all the way! He is fantastic - most definitely a better dancer than Joey. Joey is a top-notch entertainer with great moves but can't touch Apollo!!

May 21 2007 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sgsaur

To add to my earlier post, I agree with everyone that says that Laila Ali is a beautiful woman. I just don't think her dancing is as good as the guys.
I thought from week one that Ian was at a disadvantage because of Cheryl's two previous wins, and I still think that way. Remember his Jive in week 3 - where the "mis-step" cost him a 1-point deduction? The judges held Ian to a higher standard and in my opinion, it cost him all season long.
Laila's dances Monday were not up to her usual standards, yet she got 60 out of 60. I believe that the judges took it easy on Laila and Heather for several reasons, none the least of which would be the desire to have a woman in the finals.

May 18 2007 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

WTF is Joey? I hate Joey.

May 17 2007 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

I am a latin dance choreographer and I find Laila Ali very impressive. She grew from the weakest to the strongest! ohhhhhhh, I like it!

May 17 2007 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

Laila has it all, and she's the best.I impatiently wait on monday night to watch her. She's the reason I watch the show. I never watched the seasons before until one day i flipped the channel and caught her dancing. She was FANTABULOUS ! My kids like her, my mother, hell even my boss kept talking about her.
My 13 year old son had a wet dream about Laila.Most of my co workers like her, some of them are rooting for Apolo though. Laila's perfect ! She's confident, competitive, quick learner, sexy, elegant, classy...
America loves Laila Ali! These are people we should be proud of. They represent us Americans overseas! She's into charities, she's very very nice, very funny, and spicy. I love LAILA ALI!
*** Her father is just a god.
Let's vote for her and help the young goddess deliciously rumble her way to the top and be an undefeated legend like her daddy!

May 17 2007 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

don't know where 'Dancing with the Stars' pops up on folks radar these days but there is one person on the show who makes it watchable... for at least the five minutes she's performing.

Laila Ali is just stunning.

She cleans up quite well when she's not in the ring pounding on women.

However, the fact that her voice might possibly be deeper than mine does bother me slightly ... just a bit.

May 17 2007 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
amy

I hate to say it, but I am hooked on Fatone. Pure entertainment.

May 17 2007 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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