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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Four Elimination

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 13th 2011 2:00AM
This week's 'Dancing With the Stars' elimination fell in line with the previous ones so far this season: It was fairly obvious and anticlimactic.

Even though Kirstie Alley lost her shoe and fumbled around on the floor before getting it back on during her Monday night performance, it was Sugar Ray Leonard who was told to hang up his dancing shoes.

And all I have to say is: Thank you, America.

Sure, Sugar Ray seems like a nice guy who put a lot of effort into his dances. But, honestly, he probably should have gone home the first week. He was just that bad. But he hung in there for a few weeks by reminding people that he's a cultural icon, even turning his week three paso doble into a ballroom boxing match.

Despite Sugar Ray's lack of rhythm, the judges consistently scored him higher than he seemingly deserved, even serving up triple sevens Monday night for his rigid 'Nutcracker'-themed Viennese waltz. They seemed to like that he wore a big grin as he flubbed his footwork. Plus, they probably gave him high scores because he is such a legend and they wanted to keep him around for a while.

But bad dancing eventually catches up to even the biggest stars, and Sugar Ray had clearly run his course and proved there was no chance he'd ever get any better. It was a no-brainer.

What did have me scratching my head was why Chelsea Kane and Petra Nemcova rounded out the bottom three. I had thought for sure that Kendra Wilkinson was more likely to be in their situation, given her lackluster performance and sharp-tongued rebuttals to the judges' critiques this week. And, of course, there was the possibility Kirstie could have turned off voters with her antics, too.

While somewhat surprising, Petra's bottom-dwelling status didn't bother me too much -- there's only so many times she can rely on showing off her long legs to get through to the next round when she's just a so-so dancer. But Chelsea's drop to the bottom two was definitely a shocker, especially since she topped the leaderboard this week with her dazzling 'Harry Potter'-themed performance.

In fact, the judges liked her routine so much that they asked her and partner Mark Ballas to do it again during the results show. I can't remember the last time the judges chose to revisit a performance that landed in the bottom three on elimination night.

Chelsea is a consistently good dancer and has been considered a front-runner since she first stepped onto the dance floor. So why was she thrown into the bottom two this week?

Host Tom Bergeron pointed out, as he often does, that the couple didn't necessarily actually belong in the bottom. So, were the producers hoping that putting Chelsea in jeopardy would add some excitement to an otherwise snoozy night? Are they trying to subliminally tell us to vote for her for fear she might be the next to go? Or could she indeed prove to be the first surprising elimination of the season because she hasn't been connecting with viewers? Only time will tell ...

In the meantime, tell us what you think of Sugar Ray going home ...

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.



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krhammett

I was hoping Sugar Ray would stay on for a week or two more but I guess the judges and the public thought differently. I love to watch Kirstie. She shows the world that a dancer does not have to be 100 pounds and
25 years old to dance. She always looks like she is having a good time on the floor.

April 20 2011 at 2:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ssknowflake

glad kirstie is still on. love watching her and max.

April 20 2011 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mitchann162

I loved the music the most. I am a HUGE David Garrett fan, Check out his web pages. Max seems to be nicer to Kirsti than any of his other students. Love watching Kirsti. Kendra needs a time out.

April 14 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jewel

Kendra needs to either learn to take constructive criticism or go home. Actually she just needs to go home.

April 16 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stinger

Who really cares, it has become a popularity contest, not a dancing(judged by pros) contest.

April 13 2011 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rldgeruner

get rid of the host hes annoying id rather see jerry springer

April 13 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rosipink

I guarantee you Maks has the muscle to hold her and more. All the years he has been dancing, his thighs must be like boards. Check out the size of the thighs on the girls in their bare costumes. Muscled up big time.

April 13 2011 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RANDY MELTON

ok who is next for DWS.....would love to see gail king, rosie odonnel and lisa Bonet from the cosby show . one person i never want to see on the show is nene Leaks and i bet she is going to be in the line up next season. please leave the low class hot mess people off the show.

April 13 2011 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
muzzie123

Love the music .... I could watch & listen the orchester & band everyday.Garrett the violinist was super.

April 13 2011 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
muzzie123

oh come on....Kirsti was a FLOP....Sugar Ray was an awsome dance.r Something wrong here.

April 13 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
midamerfrn

Too bad for Sugar Ray he didn't have the same judges as when he fought Marvin Hagler. Another time he should have been the loser.

April 13 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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