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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Nine Elimination

by Katy Kroll, posted May 18th 2011 1:00AM
Waaah! The celeb I've been rooting for all season got the boot this week, falling just one week shy of making it to the finals.

It's been a bumpy ride for both Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley, who have each had their fair share of injuries, falls and flubbed footwork. But week after week their personalities, drive and determination have carried them through as fan favorites.

Over the course of the season, Ralph was dubbed the Comeback Kid because whenever he fell from grace, viewers voted to save him and he would re-enter the race swinging.

But his luck ran out this week, and he hit a speed bump he couldn't overcome. The judges spent Monday night slamming him while praising everyone else, and they got their wish -- Ralph was sent home.

Despite recovering from last week's knee injury, he had obviously lost his momentum, delivering his worst performance of the season Monday night: A cringe-worthy '70s porn-themed salsa that had him wearing comical gold chains and a leisure suit with a padded butt.

Even though it was a disappointing dance, the judges were unnecessarily nasty with their critiques, offering little to no constructive criticism and instead going for mean-spirited sound bites. And that was the way they treated him most of the season, being overly critical even when he did a good job. He was a better dancer than most of the people in the competition, yet they rarely gave him the credit he deserved.

After Monday night's uneven performances and cruel judges' comments, it was sad to see him go on such a sour note because he clearly had skills -- and heart. But when it comes to the finals, it's supposed to be about who's the best dancer ... and Ralph made it as far as he could in that respect.

That said, he was really on par with, if not better than, Kirstie, who squeaked her way into the finals. While she's clearly a fan favorite in her own right, the judges and producers have been pushing her forward every week whether she soared or sucked, probably because her kooky unpredictability makes for better TV than Ralph's sweet boy-next-door charm.



But, unless her fervent followers somehow rig the finale, there's no way she's going to win next week. She'll basically be there for comic relief and the false sense that "anyone" can be victorious. The real competition is going to be between Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane, who each nabbed perfect scores this week and have topped the leaderboard numerous times. (Kirstie, on the other hand, has never scored three 10s nor been on top.)

Monday night's emotional dance with injured partner Kym Johnson all but wrapped the finals up in a bow for Hines, who will most likely walk away the winner. He's been consistently good, and he's never been at the bottom of the leaderboard or in the bottom three on elimination night. My only problem with him is that he's boring and doesn't take any risks; he basically does the same dance moves every week. (Yeah, I said it.)

Meanwhile, Chelsea and partner Mark Ballas have been spot-on, crisp, fun and innovative week after week. Their dancing is so precise it's ridiculous. If the winner were chosen solely on dance ability and choreography, they would have it in the bag. But 'DWTS' is also a popularity contest, and Chelsea was a virtual unknown when she stepped onto the dance floor in week 1. Hines, however, is well known to sports fans -- and footballers always do spectacularly in this competition.

As in some past years, this season will no doubt come down to the wire and the winner will be chosen based on next week's freestyle dance. So don't count Chelsea out just yet, as she could still pull a Shawn Johnson, who beat presumed season 8 winner Gilles Marini at the last minute with an off-the-hook freestyle routine that nabbed her the mirrorball trophy by a slim 1 percent margin of victory.

Yes, the race is that close, if you ask me ... but obviously that's just my opinion. Tell me yours by taking the poll below and leaving a comment!

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



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rsk4405

must go now im being infected with computer virus im reading about dancing with the stars,hey and idol the hot babe got axed guy must be gay or not in a real relationship except in the shower,wheres charlie sheen lets make him a judge at least hed be honest he was created years ago by us and now we smack him because hes being himself when he made maor leagues he was rumored to floating our economy in cleveland with at least 3 hookers a nite thank you charlie i may not like your brashness charlie but a great actor

May 20 2011 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rsk4405

we as a commercial crowd are being bristoled again by dancing with the stars ive stopped watching a show who determines before the season who they want to go on ,need some new judges .com i hated bristol moving on because of her being a unmarried momma and kristy needed to go when she fell on show and probably off her diet lets be real dancing with the stars will never be a real show again

May 20 2011 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cathpmart

I could not believe what I saw and heard Monday night on DWTS. Ralph and Karina danced great, should have received better than the 7s and eights the judges gave them. And the remarks after their dance were not constructive criticism but sounded more like a personal attack. Especially the comments from the flamboyant Bruno. These hypocritical judges slammed Ralph and Karina for the very same things they have praised in others. This speaks to the credibility of these ? "judges". But I understand now why they did it. They had to give tens to their favorites, and sevens to Ralph, to ensure that the overall scores of the people they want to return will be higher than the one they wanted to "boot". This is no longer a dance competition but a personality contest.

May 18 2011 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cathpmart

I could not believe what I saw and heard Monday night on DWTS. Ralph and Karina danced great, should have received better than the 7s and eights the judges gave them. And the remarks after their dance were not constructive criticism but sounded more like a personal attack. Especially the comments from the flamboyant Bruno. These hypocritical judges slammed Ralph and Karina for the very same things they have praised in others. This speaks to the credibility of these ? "judges". But I understand now why they did it. They had to give tens to their favorites, and sevens to Ralph, to ensure that the overall scores of the people they want to return will be higher than the one they wanted to "boot". This is no longer a dance competition but a personality contest.

May 18 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cathpmart

I could not believe what I saw and heard Monday night on DWTS. Ralph and Karina danced great, should have received better than the 7s and eights the judges gave them. And the remarks after their dance were not constructive criticism but sounded more like a personal attack. Especially the comments from the flamboyant Bruno. These hypocritical judges slammed Ralph and Karina for the very same things they have praised in others. This speaks to the credibility of these ? "judges". But I understand now why they did it. They had to give tens to their favorites, and sevens to Ralph, to ensure that the overall scores of the people they want to return will be higher than the one they wanted to "boot". This is no longer a dance competition but a personality contest.

May 18 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dutchstore

The judges comments to Ralph and Karina were cruel. His dance was not the best, but the criticism was too harsh.

May 18 2011 at 6:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Myrna

I think Kirstie should have been gone, not Ralph. He is a much better dancer and she is just flailing about saying rude things and fighting with her partner Maks. I think it is disgusting that the judges put Ralph down and Karina as well - this is about the dance, not who they are, and the rude comments make this show hard to watch when it comes time for their "evaluation." I wish Bruno would get fired and replaced by someone with some tact and class.

May 18 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
S

Kirsti is not a dancer! She's in the same league and Wendy Williams! They're just keeping her on cause they feel sorry for her. Kirsti! Sit your old ass down!

May 18 2011 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leeruss2

I was never a fan of Kirsty"s....however, I do admire how she has worked hard and lost weight, and her dancing has certainly improved...and I enjoy watching her. As for Ralph....he was a delight. Blame Karina for his going home. She was absolutely revolting in the last dance...it was all about her bumps and grinds, and her "costume" was all about showing off her figure. Ralph is a good dancer.....to bad he did not have a partner who could teach him.

May 18 2011 at 4:08 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
my81z28cam

I believe Ralph was the correct choice, however the comments made to Karina were unnecessary . None of his remarks were constructive ciriticisms. They were just rude and no wonder he made no eye contact with them after making them.

May 18 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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