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Which Contestant Came Just Short of the 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 12:59AM
'Dancing with the Stars'With just one week before the season finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) nobody wants to go home. Perhaps more than anyone else, Ralph Macchio was sweating it out. His fans came through and saved him last week, but, after scoring the lowest marks of the night this week, he was going to need their help again.

Making it even more difficult was Hines Ward, who had two perfect scores on the night, and Chelsea Kane with one perfect-rated performance. Macchio and Kirstie Alley were early favorites to win the competition, and both have tremendous fan support.

Now, they found themselves the bottom two based on the judges' scores this week. It was certainly a bittersweet moment for the two who've enjoyed tremendous success and bucked expectations with great performances week after week. Which one of them would say goodbye this week?


Perhaps it was the injury to his leg that held him back with the judges, but Ralph's fans weren't able to rally enough support to save him. The perpetually youthful star, famous for his roll in the original 'Karate Kid,' was as graceful in his parting words as he'd been on the dance floor.

"Karina, you have inspired me in so many ways with your heart, your talent, your class, your integrity as an artist and even more so as a human being," he told his partner Karina Smirnoff. "I am proud to have been your dance partner, and more proud to be your friend."

Were you surprised to see Macchio go?

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As was EXTREMELY obvious from day one, Kirstie is the "Chosen One" this season.
Remember when Bristol Palin was the "Chosen One"? This so-called dance competition
has become more of a popularity contest than anything else -- it just isn't worth wasting
any more time on.

May 24 2011 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ABC and DWTS need to get this done the right way. If not, they can and will be joining the list of shows getting axed. Hopefully, next season it will finally be done the right way.

May 18 2011 at 9:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Wrong people went home once again.

May 18 2011 at 9:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I love DWTS, having followed the show since Season 1. It was unfortunate that Ralph injured his knee and could not dance to his full potential. I predict that Kirstie Alley, even with all her spunk, will be the next to be eliminated. The final contest, barring any unforseen injuries, will be between Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward and their partners..

May 18 2011 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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