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Review: Dancing with the Stars - Performance 9 Results

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 18th 2009 1:29AM
The final four of Dancing with the Stars
(S09E19) It's been nine weeks on Dancing with the Stars and I didn't expect to see Joanna, Kelly, or Donny around this long. Unfortunately, one of them was eliminated.

For no reason, Melissa Rycroft showed up on this results show and slipped in the professional's performance. This was probably because her fans caused an uproar since she wasn't a candidate for the Design A Dance competition. Instead of "Sabrina was robbed" we got "Melissa was robbed," and ABC listened.

It was a busy show, but the elimination was not a shocker to me. By this point, fan support outweighs the judges scores.

Encore - Mya & Dmitry - Salsa - The dance felt more wild the second time around. I hated the light balls in the back, it reminded me of a sweet sixteen. Mya got part of her skirt stuck on her heel and quickly recovered. At the end, Dmitry slid too strong and headbutted Mya.

During the recap, we find out that Kelly admitted she totally forgot her solo, scaring Louis. We get a slo-mo of Kym's shoe getting caught in her dress, but then Donny stepping on the skirt didn't help the situation.

Musical Performance - Nine - "Be Italian" - I love a good musical performance and whenever tambourines are added, I'm happy. The partner tricks they used were sharp and sexy. I found the group posing to the number nine a really creative use of the new projector.

Musical Guest - Alicia Keys - "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" - I was happy to see Alicia attempt using the stage when many performers just stand. I got confused when the piano ending started playing without her actually playing; I assume it was the keyboardist that she walked past at the beginning.

We get a weird lip-sync to the song "Under Pressure" for no reason. Kelly clearly had the most fun, but Donny looking insane took the cake. Joanna & Derek and Mya & Derek start the eliminations. Mya & Dmitry are in the finals, but Joanna & Derek have to wait.

Musical Guest - Leona Lewis - "Happy" - I instantly noticed Leona lip-synced the beginning, she actually sang after she hit the high note, but she reverted back to lip-syncing at the end chorus. Watching the contemporary dancers made me wonder what was happening on So You Think You Can Dance. (Ironically, Carrie Ann showed up to talk about the Dizzy Feet Foundation on SYTYCD.)

The eliminations continue with Donny & Kym and Kelly & Louis. Donny & Kym are safe, Kelly & Louis will have to wait.

Musical Guest - The Bee Gees & Melissa Rycroft - "You Should Be Dancing" - It's nice to see that the Bee Gees are still singing with strong falsettos. Chelsie, Cheryl, Tony and (SYTYCD Alum) Artem dance the beginning of the performance. Cheryl & Artem get a solo, but it felt shortened because Melissa & Tony show up and the crowd goes wild. I'm surprised that she did the whole performance without shoes. She had some graceful and effortless moves and made me miss the Gilles/Shawn/Melissa final three last season.

Results Shows Routines - The professionals talk about getting the music, learning choreography, using words like "chaotic" and "bicker." We get to hear the voice of Edyta this year, she mentions how she's been there for nine seasons and group choreography can get boring.

The eliminations finally end with Joanna & Derek and Kelly & Louis. Len points out that Kelly appreciates dancing and Joanna was the most consistent of couples. The couple with the lowest total is Joanna & Derek; they're going home. Kelly is in tears and Sharon is dumbfounded.

The couple gets to do their Viennese Waltz one last time. It's a fitting way to end their time on the show. I still find the performance to be her best and Joanna didn't have to use her sexiness. She gets a standing ovation.

I'm disappointed that Donny wasn't eliminated, then Marie could say that she was better. I think that Donny's showman skills aren't enough for him to win, so if the judges can fudge scores, Kelly has a great chance of winning.

How did the elimination affect you? Leave comments below.

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Annie

I'm so glad to see that other people have noticed the way the judges have kissed Kelly's butt all season. Her scores are a joke and the comments made to her by Carrie Ann were as well. She should have gone home weeks ago. And didn't you just love her package when she talked about doing drugs because people were mean to her?? Poor little rich girl. I'm sure it had nothing to do with being a rich teenager looking for a good time!

November 19 2009 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Teresa

I thought this show was suppossed to be about celebrities learning how to dance. Maybe I am out of touch but I had never even heard of My'a before her appearance on this show. It is obvious she was a wringer and already knew how to do most of these dances before appearing. The winner of this competition should be the star who has progressed the most and that would have to be Kelly!

November 18 2009 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barbara

Who should win??? Cherly & Tony

November 18 2009 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jcoolio

Its like the judges feel that it's their personal mission to "save" Kelly and that if they critique her honestly, she'll lose it, hit the bottle and end up in rehab again. (seriously? someone that fragile in show biz?) I can't figure out where her fan base comes from either. Aged Ozzy fans? I just don't get her appeal. Not the biggest fan of Mya either, but she is clearly, head-and-shoulders above,THE best dancer on the floor.

November 18 2009 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

I find it unbelievable that Joanna was knocked out of the finals last night. Kelly's gracelessness and flat hard- hitting feet should have sent her home weeks ago. The judges have consistently over-inflated her scores. She is obviously a favorite of theirs. Joanna and Mya should have been the last two to dance head-to-head. I love Donny but know he has little chance of winning. As mentioned here, like Shawn last season, it would be a travesty for Kelly to win this. The show is supposed to be about the best dancer, not the most popular vote-getter. Joanna got robbed. This may well be my last season of DWTS.

November 18 2009 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lyn2

I think Joanna having Hugh Hefner and his harem in the audience really hurt her or people finally realized that Joanna is just not a good dancer in spite of her overly inflated scores all season. Len, the dirty old man, has had a thing for Joanna since the beginning and let her slide never pointing out her lack of arm extensions, noodle legs, unpointed toes, etc and the other two followed his lead. Derek is a great choreographer and is so good at disguising his "celebrity's" flaws. Donny had one bad night, but has been overall a better and more consistent dancer than Kelly, so if anyone doesn't deserve to be in the finals based on dancing alone, it is Kelly. She seems to be the sentimental favorite though and will probably win it all.

November 18 2009 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shyla

Melissa was awesome dancing with the PROS...thank you ABC!Totally...Joanna deserves to be in the finals. Mya has a super edge over everyone else, that's why I was rooting for Joanna. Kelly to me has been overscored.

November 18 2009 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AJ

I believe Donny should have been voted off, but it didn't happen. Unfortunately, Joanna's performances on Monday were just so, so and she didn't seal the deal. Yes she is talented but there has to be that "it" factor that captures people to vote. Joanna's so, so dances just made it more obvious that Kelly has improved and improved alot. You all should have known that the Cinderella story would win out, that's why I voted for her.

Quit your stupid talk of conspiracy and understand it's a show and it isn't just about the dancing, it's a popularity contest, thee who has the best story wins.

November 18 2009 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanmterry

i am disappointed i guess everyone thought joanne was safe. wrong thats why we need to vote. its a shame it should have been donnie that should have been kicked off. differently a popularity contest. mya should win she is the better dancer. but kelly is more popular. i am voting for mya to win.

November 18 2009 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch

Not watching the finals. If ABC want to lose viewers then keep pimping people that should not win. Last year it was Shawn this year its Kelly. I don't care what the judges say she does not deserve to get the scores they gave her and Carrie must be smoking something for the comments she makes about her.

November 18 2009 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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