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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Shocker! Romeo's Safe! Kendra Wilkinson on Her Exit!

by Michael Maloney, posted May 4th 2011 7:00AM
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel on 'DWTS' ExitEven Romeo thought he and his partner Chelsie Hightower were going home on last night's results show of 'Dancing With the Stars.' But, it turns out that Season 12 is the season in which anyone can be ejected at any time -- even an improved dancer like Kendra Wilkinson, who not only has a huge fan base, but also wasn't in the bottom two in terms of scores from Monday night's show.

After Wilkinson and partner Louis Van Amstel, who she credits for her successful journey, did a final twirl on the dance floor the couple walked the post-show press line.

TV Squad was on the scene to get reactions from the ejected duo and the surviving five pairs, who weighed in on a variety of topics including how and why they've survived and what they need to do to make it to the finals.

While Wilkinson's ejection came as a surprise, she felt that it also came at an appropriate moment.

"Mother's Day is next week," she said. "This is the right time."

The former Playmate actually predicted her time had come. "The beginning of the day started off really well, but in the middle of it I started to really feel that this would be my day. We had a great dance and a great momentum, but it just wasn't meant to be. I'm not sad. I'm happy where we ended."

"I felt very comfortable [about being safe]," said Van Amstel. "[But Kendra] has such an intuition. And then it happened."

What did Wilkinson learn from being on 'DWTS?' "Well, I learned that ... ah ... I learned ... shoot! Well, I learned how to dance! I know how to move, but I didn't know how to dance. That's what I learned. Louis taught me how to dance."

And you gained added confidence, too, correct?

"Definitely," Wilkinson said. "I'm confident being a mother and wife, the things I know how to do."

"My leaving now is bittersweet," said Van Amstel, who'll now leave for New York to take some meetings related to "LaBlast," his fitness program. "We're working with 80 clubs worldwide. I started this little class four years ago and now it's going worldwide."

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower"I gave a couple of good-bye speeches to some make-up artists and some of the crew," Romeo told TV Squad. "It shows you that this competition is just like life -- you can't get down on yourself when things get hard. I'm truly grateful to be here to dance again. I'm ready to give everything I got for Chelsie."

Based on the judges' comments, what does Romeo need to do to succeed? "I'm going to make sure we get as much work in as possible," said Hightower. "I want to come back next week and make sure the judges see that Romeo has technique and can come back even stronger.

"We love Kendra," Hightower added. "She really is the girl next door. She's so normal, so down to earth. She grew a lot during this competition. We'll miss her sense of humor."

Has Hightower ever seen such an unpredictable season? "No," she said. "Not like this. Never like this. Everybody is so close and it's anybody's week to go go home and anybody's mirrorball trophy to win."

One couple that appears to be scoring consistently well is Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. How'd it feel to be called safe first? "So great," Johnson said. "It's nerve-wracking. It's so great to be in the final five."

"We don't see the voting so we don't know," said Ward. "I get great feedback with people saying they support us, but we don't know if they vote."

"It never gets easier," added Chelsea Kane, who was the final celebrity to learn she'd be sticking around.

"You'd think after eight seasons I'd be cool on Tuesdays, but I'm not," said Mark Ballas, Kane's partner. "We're grateful to be continuing."

Kirstie Alley remains confident that she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will make it to the finals.

"I have to do the performance that's going to get us to the finals," she said, "which means be fantastic and having the judges and audience see how great we can be and not just vaudeville."

What did Alley's partner think of his brother Val Chmerkovskiy's performance on Tuesday's results show? "He [was so good he] embarrassed all of us pros," Chmerkovskiy praises. "I'm his biggest fan. I've also been his teacher for the past 16 years. I think he's the best dancer on the planet."

Ralph Macchio and Karina SmirnoffAre Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff tempted to employ the actor's famous "crane" move from 'The Karate Kid' in a dance before the finals in order to stay in the competition?

"Save it," said Smirnoff.

"It's the climax of the movie for a reason," pointed out Macchio.

"Plus, I wouldn't know where to put it in for [next week's] Viennese Waltz," quipped Smirnoff.

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

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Ralph, Chelsea and Romeo is who would be fantastic in the finals. The judges have asked Ralph to step it up, and week by week he does just as he is asked to do. Chelsea is in a league of her own, and Romeo has improved tremendously. Hines and Kym do the same thing over and over again, which is not much and boring. Hines is okay, but its troubling that Kym does all the work which makes Hines look good. Just like when he almost fell and mutterd "%^%^ at the end of his last dance. Of course, the judges just looked the other way, as the favor Hines. Hines is in his comfort zone, and knows that he can continue to do little dancing with the judges support. I think that all of the celebrities are awesome, but my votes go to Ralph, as he is the most consistent and hard working. It's not just ONLY what the "audience" wants, but what the JUDGES expect from their dances, and with their (judges) critique, Ralph is the most consistent. I commend him as he has not the youth as the others (exception being Kirsti), yet works hard to be the best he can be. He is adorable and so humble. Such a nice, nice gentleman.

May 05 2011 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
folr

I hope that chelsea, ralph and kirstie make the finals.

May 05 2011 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peggyt1243

I have been waiting for Kendra to go home for weeks. I vote but have never voted for her.

I predict that Chelsea, Ralph and Hines will make the final show. My bet is on Hines to win the mirror ball.

The routines that Kim and Hines do have a great deal of real dance content not just posing and letting the pro do all the work by dancing around the star and distracting the audience attention. They do not fill their routines with bump and grind nonsense and other non-ballroom moves.

May 04 2011 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mitchstn

When will Kirstie be gone, she is more annoying that Kendra was so that's saying something and she has less talent and that means she cannot dance.

May 04 2011 at 8:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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peggyt1243

Actually Kirstie is a good dancer. Do not let her size affect your opinion. Her jive last night showed that she is not just doing a choreographed routine; she actually showed that she was dancing and jive steps were in her "muscle memory".

Romeo will go home next week. He can do choreographed routines but he has not really learned how to dance.

May 04 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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