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Dancing With The Stars: Week 9 results

by Erin Martell, posted May 14th 2008 12:11AM
Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris(S06E18) Since the bottom two couples weren't revealed last week, it was difficult to predict who would make it to the final round. I never would have imagined that Mario and Shannon would be absent from the final four. Nevertheless, it was time to send one last couple home.

We had to wait until the last minutes of the results show learn the celebrities' fates, but we had plenty of entertainment to hold us over. The Junior Champions finalists took over the dance floor, and Omarion performed in a high-energy tribute to the Thriller album.

Tom started things off with a recap of Monday's semi-final performances. Jason thanked Len for giving him a 10 on the foxtrot, and strutted backstage after delivering an intense paso doble. Cristián was pleased with the "wow" factor in his waltz, and got some encouragement from Tom backstage. Kristi promised some great freestyle moves if she was brought back next week. Marissa couldn't believe that she made such a big mistake in her first dance, but promised to be in the audience for the finals if she got eliminated.

After announcing that Usher would perform twice in next week's finale, Tom gave us a rundown of the leaderboard. Marissa and Tony were in fourth place with 52 points. Jason's 55 points landed him in third place, with Cristián ahead by one point in second place. Kristi regained her lead with 57 points.

This would have been a terribly slow results show without the ballroom kids. Aaron and Rashell, the nine-and-under winners performed first. Their friends held a rally for them at school, and Kym Johnson stopped by rehearsal to give them some advice. The couple's cha cha cha ("Please Mr. Postman") was just as cute as their first dance. Len loved the Cuban break, and thought Aaron and Rashell looked sharp and crisp. Bruno complimented their precise arm placement and said that they looked triple-jointed. Carrie Ann told them that they made an adorable couple.

Backstage, Kristi remained diplomatic about her chances of making the finals. Marissa thanked her fans for keeping her in the competition this long. Cristián joked that he and Jason had a dream to make it to the finals together. Jason told Samantha that they might have to take a short hiatus from being friends if their dream is realized.

It's the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, and Dancing With The Stars celebrated with a performance by Omarion featuring choreography by Travis Payne. The large-scale number included "Billie Jean," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," and, of course, "Thriller." It was entertaining, but at this point I was ready for a hint at who was going to the finals.

It was time for Jaryd and Cara, the 10-and-under couple, to perform the samba. Both kids gasped when Maksim appeared at their rehearsal. Cara thought Maks was cute, which means that they have at least one thing in common. I have trouble comparing these performances, since these kids are all so impressive for their respective ages. After they danced to "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," Tom asked Cara for her autograph. She was still writing when Carrie Ann began her critique. Choked up, Carrie Ann wished she could put the kids in her pocket. The routine was the perfect blend of technique and entertainment. Len said he'd rather watch the kids than the adults. Bruno called the performance adorable and entertaining.

Next up were Brandon and Brittany from the 13-and-under group. The couple went back to Utah to prepare for their dance, and got a visit from former coach Ashley Del Grosso. Their paso doble, danced to "The Phantom of the Opera," was definitely the most advanced of the night. Brandon and Britanny's age enabled them to convey the emotion with more conviction than some of the younger dancers. The other couples are cute, but can't pull of the intense tone of dances like this. Fans were told to vote for the most entertaining couple, though, so perhaps cuteness will win out. Bruno thought Brandon and Brittany showed incredible artistry and finesse for their age. Carrie Ann called their paso doble mature and sophisticated. Len thought they were the real deal.

Samantha interviewed all of the kids backstage, and I thought it was so sweet that Rashell and Cara held hands. Brittany said that, if she she joins the show someday, she wants to dance with Jesse McCartney. Brandon would settle for any of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. All three couples (and their families) were given free trips to Disneyland.

Just when you thought we were done with filler, they gave us a quick segment on the final four contestants. Jason is the macho man, Cristián is the Latin heartthrob, Kristi is the woman to beat, and Marissa is the entertainer.

Finally, we got to the elimination! Kristi and Mark were the first couple sent to next week's finals; zero surprise there. After the break, Jason and Edyta were put on the finals roster as well. I would have been happy with either Cristián or Marissa taking that third spot, but Marissa was sent home. She was as positive as always, and told her fans to do something fun and shake what their mamas gave them.

No real shockers in this week's results show. On the plus side, all of the remaining contestants are worthy of the final round, and I'm looking forward to what they'll bring to the freestyle round. No insane doll costumes this season--no sir.

Brett will be back next week for the Finals. Until then, check out AOL's extensive Dancing With The Stars coverage, which includes photo galleries, polls, and a live chat.

Are you pleased with the lineup for the finals?
Absolutely. The best couples have made it.376 (68.1%)
I'd make one or two changes.160 (29.0%)
No way.10 (1.8%)
Other6 (1.1%)

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Am I the only one that thinks that some of the women dancers look like glorified strippers? I love the show, I love the dancing and I love the talent, but the costumes are EXTREMELY distracting. I know that they want to keep the ratings up, but in my opinion, the skimpy costumes look trashy. I think that the women look much more beautiful and professional when wearing elegant costumes to go with their elegant dances. Not to mention that this is a family show!!

May 19 2008 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Cristian and Cheryl deserve to win. Jason doen't entertain and just think, that because he is strong and can do lifts he must win. I think it isn't fair if Kristi win. Because she can dance already. Duhhh that she can do a great foxtrot. And i'm very happy that Cheryl made it to the semi-finals 4 times and in the finals 3 times and I hope that it will be her third time that she wins.

May 15 2008 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The part in Cristian's hair was also "flipped" in the photos. In some photos his hair was parted on the left side and in other photos it was parted on the right side.

So, between the tattoo on his upper arm and the part in his hair changing sides, it's obvious, as Saragee said, that the frames were reversed.

TMZ is really a joke. When the AOL welcome page takes me to a TMZ story, I take a little time to read through their other stories and it's amazing how many factual errors and basic grammar and spelling mistakes they make. The implication that Cristian is faking his injury is just one of many instances of their incompetence.

May 15 2008 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well I am glad that beast Marissa is gone. I really hope that Cristian or Jason won because they have progressed the most, while Christy had an advantage since the beggining. Christy lacks in her facial expressions, thinking that her "technical" scores will pull her through. It takes more than just triple axels around here!

May 14 2008 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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"Well I am glad that beast Marissa is gone."

I have to wonder how often that is said with your name in the statement instead of hers.

May 14 2008 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone else notice Cristian's ace bandage was on his left arm and then his right arm during the filler segment about him being the Latin heart throb?

May 14 2008 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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That was because whoever put that piece together reversed the frames during the editing process. The bandage kept moving from arm to arm during the piece. I don't think this should have been allowed - especially since TMZ is asking whether Christian's injury is a fake or not implying that he changed the bandage. Just take into account that his TATTOO moved from arm to arm with the bandage!!!!! I think DWTS should address this next week.

May 14 2008 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank God, big mouth is gone.

May 14 2008 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Drew's comment

couldn't agree with you more. Why do people on this site get upset when yo speak your true feelings?

May 15 2008 at 4:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Why do people on this site get upset when yo speak your true feelings?"

Likewise, Mariah, anyone who gets upset about your unnecessarily hateful and cruel comments are just expressing their true feelings...towards you. If you dish it, you should be able to take it.

May 15 2008 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry to see Marisa go, but it was her time. I'm pulling for Christian to win! I just love Cheryl!

May 14 2008 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope it comes down to their athletes. They are used to the big-pressure stage and will perform the best. The difference may be the choreography, which favors the women pros as they do a better job of balancing the strength and weaknesses. I always think the women star contestants have a tougher time because the women pros are so much better than the women stars (naturally) and so can show up the women stars. The men stars get more attention to detail from their pros and that's what wins

May 14 2008 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to go with Kristi to win. The predictable cries of it's-not-fair notwithstanding, she has done routines that are far and away more difficult than the other competitors. If her previous experience with choreography and skating is seen as an advantage, look at what she's done with the advantage: perform harder routines. I could understand all the hoopla concerning fairness if she and all the other contestants went out and performed the same mid-level choreography. She would have a distinct advantage in that case.

I always thought Cristian was underrated prior to his injury, so I'm not one who thinks he's so much better now than before. I don't, however, think he should be the winner. His dancing has suffered from his injury and while it's admirable that he's pressed on, it shouldn't be the basis of a win when he otherwise is not the best dancer.

I've appreciated Jason throughout the season and was impressed early on. His progress stagnated pretty quickly, however, and for the past four weeks or so, I've wanted to see more. More shades in the performance aspect of his dances. Facial expressions. Fire. Joy. Unfortunately, he either looks blank or vaguely angry. On the bright side, I have a lot of respect for him. He seems humble and gentlemanly, which is a breath of fresh air where professional athletes are concerned. I'm a Jason fan and hope he continues to do well in his football career.

May 14 2008 at 7:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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