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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Who's Going Home? Will Shirley Ballas Join the Show?

by Michael Maloney, posted May 3rd 2011 7:00AM
Backstage Interviews at 'DWTS'Two stars likely facing elimination tonight on 'Dancing With the Stars' are Romeo and Kirstie Alley, who are both tied in last place with 60 points.

All the dancers started out with 30 points after performing in group dances. Romeo and his partner Chelsie Hightower then scored 30 points (out of 40) with their Samba while Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned the same for their Jive.

It's likely all going to come down to fan bases. The pairs spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line to discuss what they think of their loyal followers.

The scene stealer of the night was guest instructor Shirley Ballas, Mark's mother, who takes no prisoners when it comes to being a dance teacher. She shared her thoughts with TV Squad on whether or not she'd join the show as a pro partner.

For a few seconds, Romeo was actually a point ahead of Alley -- until guest judge Donnie Burns clarified he was giving him a "7" -- not an "8."

Team Chelsea Kane

While he's respected universally for his dancing, Burns's one-liners -- especially the one he attempted about Osama Bin Laden -- fell flat.

"Too soon," said Chelsea Kane.

Burns also "burned" Romeo and Hightower with the scoring mishap.

"That's never happened," Hightower said of a judge changing his score. "I say the first score you put up you should keep, whether you meant it or not. It was brutal to see it switched like that."

"I'm nervous," Romeo said. "I don't want this to be my last dance. It is what it is. I think my fans are very loyal. They love dancing and they love seeing me dance."

"I have an amazing fan base," said Alley. "They're loyal. I just hope they're willing to take the ride. I never promised this was going to be a smooth ride. My fans are tenacious. They like you like whether you're down or up, in or out. They're incredible."

Her parner Maks added that he wasn't "upset about this at all or disappointed. ... I'm just happy that she never lost her energy level. And that she's finally enjoying every second with the performance out there."

One couple that seems destined for the finals is Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. They scored a total of 66 on Monday's show. Plus, athletes have traditionally fared well in the competition.

"We'd love to be in the finals," Ward said, and Johnson added that "I don't mind who's with us ... I just want to be there."

Team HinesMeanwhile, Kendra Wilkinson and partner Louis van Amstel continue to prove themselves as a dark horse couple, scoring 61 points.

The ex-Playmate credited her pro partner for her improvement. "It's night and day," she says. "Louis has stuck with me. I couldn't be happier with my partner. Louis is amazing. He believes in me and even I don't believe in myself."

The comeback of the night award went to Ralph Macchio, who scored a total of 66 points with partner Karina Smirnoff.

"It feels great," Macchio said of his performance. "I thought I brought it in the team Cha-cha, too. You hope you get a good piece of music that matches the dance. We got the right canvas and colors to work with this week. Karina never fails."

Shirley Ballas, Mark's mother, was one of the guest choreographers. Did Romeo dancing with her feel a little like being in 'The Graduate?'

"Kinda," joked Romeo. "She taught me a lot. I learned a lot from Shirley."

Ballas's father Corky has waltzed with 'DWTS' contestants including Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson. Could his mom sign up for an upcoming season, too?

"She should," Ballas said."But I think we'd all be killed. She'd kill us all because she's the best."

"She'd win," Kane concurred."You don't mess with Shirley Ballas. She is the most intimidating woman I have ever encountered."

"She could have the oldest guy ever and she'd [do great]," said Ballas.

Did Kane find it unusual that the veteran dancer was telling her to be more passionate with her own son?

"It was extremely new for me," Kane said. "Usually you want to make a good impression when you meet the mother of a boy you're spending time with. But Shirley was like, 'Pull his hair! Get up in his face!' It was weird."

"I'd cross that bridge when I come to it," Shirley Ballas told TV Squad about signing on as a pro dancer. "It's a fun show and I think it's important to have a broad spectrum of dancers on it. If they asked me I'd certainly consider it."

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

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marykayeee

To Chelsie Hightower - Correction, that HAS happened before. Carrie Ann submitted one score and showed a different one on her card. The one that is submitted is the one that counts. Get over it!

May 03 2011 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BECKY

exactly why they give their scores to someone on the staff off stage so there is documentation of the score . no mistakes..and yes it did happen one other time with Carrie Anne.....good point.
Chelsea is always a bit of a brat. not a fan. I do think romeo is a decent dancer though.

May 03 2011 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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