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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Will Ralph Macchio's Injury Cost Him a Place in the Semifinals?

by Michael Maloney, posted May 10th 2011 11:00AM
Ralph Macchio, Dancing With the StarsRalph Macchio gave a performance last night on 'Dancing With the Stars' that would have done Mr. Miyagi proud. Recovering from a painful Baker's cyst, the actor, who starred in the 'Karate Kid' movies, managed to perform two difficult dances, a waltz and a cha cha, despite his injury.

Alas, he and partner Karina Smirnoff scored the lowest of the night with a total of 46 points, trailing leaders Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas by 9 points.

Macchio, Kane and the other three remaining season 12 celebrities -- Kirstie Alley, Romeo and Hines Ward -- walked the post-show press line in order to share their thoughts on their performances and just how badly they all want to make next week's coveted semifinals.

One of the most impressive moves of the evening was Maksim Chmerkovskiy giving Alley a lift during their dance, a move that's perfectly legal in the Argentine Tango.

"He tricked me," Alley told TV Squad. "In the first rehearsal he told me to put my arms in the air so I did. He [then] had me up in the air and down the stairs. If I had said, 'I'm going to do a lift,' I would have said, 'No, you can't lift me.' I would have freaked."

Alley's lost a good amount of weight since the competition began. She suspects she weighs about what she did when she did her famous bikini dance on 'Oprah.'

"I need to be even less than that because I thought I looked like a rapper's girlfriend when I was on 'Oprah.' Too much on the thighs, too much on the butt, but I sort of look like that."

Alley was bleeped out by the censors after she responded with a profanity during the judges' comments portion of the telecast.

"It's the family hour, right?" she joked.

Chelsie Hightower, Romeo's partner, admitted that there's a great deal of stress doing two dances a night, especially when one is an "instant dance" to a mystery song. "Once you've done everything you can and you're prepared you have to let it all go," she said.

Hines Ward and Kym JohnsonWard and partner Kym Johnson fielded questions about a recent incident in which Hines and an unidentified woman were pulled over by the police and briefly questioned because the woman, who had reported her car stolen, neglected to update the report after she recovered her auto.

"It's a non-story that was made into a big story," Hines shrugged. "At first I thought it was funny, but to have to step out of the car and have [police] guns pointed at you is not a funny sight. By the time it got to the east coast my mom thought I'd been shot by the police so it wasn't a good deal."

While Hines' auto confusion was cleared up, it remains to be seen who's going to make the semi-finals next week. "Anyone in this final five could have this mirror ball trophy," Johnson said. "It's going to come down to who the audience likes best. It's going to be very tight."

Even though Ballas and Kane scored highest, the two-time winner isn't choreographing his freestyle finale just yet. "We do have to get our song selections in to the producers early in case they don't clear," Ballas said. "We have to give them a heads up of what we want to do, but it's definitely not a focus. We have another week to get through."

Macchio and Smirnoff are hoping that viewer votes will help propel them to the semi-finals and that his injury will soon heal. "The problem is I'm putting a lot of strain on it still," he said. "If I'm okay on Thursday, boy it would suck not having the opportunity to get back in it."

Smirnoff pretended to use a magic touch in the couple's second dance to "heal" his leg.

"I told Ralph that if it really worked then we should tap into some other kind of business," Smirnoff joked.

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we all know that hines ward will be going to the finals cause he's like a pro.but who will be joining him will be hard cause ralph was on top and now at the bottum ,chelsie she is like in the middle and kirstie she around where ralph cause she does good dances and just misses a few things but is also good in her own way.

May 12 2011 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As much as I've enjoyed Ralph Macchio's dances each week, the one for me to win, whom has the most stage appeal, charm and when you watch each routine, I find enjoyment in, is Hines Ward! Kristy Alley's lack of steps in each dance routine brings such joy, fun to watch, her expressions and comedic acting each performance does bring smiles and laughter each week. This season, Mark Ballas is bringing his contestant down, for whatever reason, he's using acting, crimping, and other theatrics that aren't appealing and not showcasing his partner enough, it's all about him! Romeo, is trying, reserved, shy and doubting himself, should let loose, enjoy the steps and listen more to his partner! Ralph & Karina, was robbed of high grades for their truly great dance routines, in spite of Ralph's injuries! Hines Ward, if he doesn't win, I have to truly wonder if the judges have the win fixed? Hines, each week, has been consistent, his work to get the steps right, shows, and he does bring joy to each routine, he's a pleasure to watch, and look forward to seeing each week! Best wishes to each contestant. Thanks to all on DWTS for a truly fun season!

May 10 2011 at 12:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sorry, in spite of his injury and limited practice, Ralph Macchio, a true professional and profectionist, did a stellar performance with both dance routines, and was indeed robbed by the judges of higher scores! For whatever reason they are faulting Macchio due to his injury, when he has grace, charisma and talent in dance, this was so wrong in making him go to the bottom! Karina & Ralph, do deserve better! For me, there dance performance still exceeds Romeo and his partner, and sorry, Kristi Alley and Makim, also Mark Ballas and his partner!

May 10 2011 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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