If this were “The Karate Kid” and the ballroom was Johnny Lawrence…he definitely would have swiped the leg of our hero Ralph Macchio. With a valiant effort that started the season then began to deteriorate slowly; the end came finally as he and Karina were eliminated 1 week shy of The Finals. Showing class,courage, and humility that made him one of the more beloved contestants of all time; Ralph managed to performed an Argentine Tango with fun and intensity;if lacking technique. His Salsa was oozing “Scarface” (Pacino’s version) and may have sealed their fate when Bruno declared it too raunchy and vulgar (pot calls kettle what?). Overall..Ralph won his way back into the hearts of his adoring fans from back in the day..and if Hollywood has any common sense left-they would look into booking him somewhere..(Final score 48/60).
Hines/Kym: The big story of course was the injury that brought the Aussie Wonder down. Her neck was hurt during rehearsals when Hines toppled over her and came crunching down. It was painful to watch…but showing the spirit of a Steeler and a true warrior Kym made it through as the two deliverred an emotional performance of the Argentine Tango that clearly was the best dance of the season. Tears streamed down Hines’ face as he was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the entire ballroom with a standing ovation 9even from the judges). It was a joy and a treat to watch..as for their Salsa…it was the mood lifter of the evening that made Len feel good watching it Their perfect evening finally happened..and if this is any inclination for The Finals…technically Hines is the one to beat. (60/60).
Chelsea/Mark: If anyone has a chance to make a clear,legitimate shot against Hines; the Disney star is the one to beat. Talk about a magical night-it was perfect all around..a Rumba that saw Len giving the approval the duo had been waiting for all season An Argentine Tango that was first class (and what do you people mean it was lacking leg action???); and finally-the additional bonus points awarded to them after pulling out all the stops for a Cha-cha-cha that reintroduced the fans to why Chelsea Kane is indeed this season’s It Girl. (73/75).
Kirstie/Maks: Finally! Vindication after last season’s stunning elimination! Maks has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to pull the biggest coup and get that mirrorball trophy that has eluded him for so long. Kirstie thought she was in technically demanding hell? If she keeps her mouth shut..listens to Maks..and delivers…this could end up to be in her favor. Plus the fact she has a Hollywood Power Couple (John Travolta/Kelly Preston) in her corner and a huge fanbase is an advantage. Her weight loss has shown..and her fanbase is ridiculously high. Regardless of what happens next week..she proved again she is a survivor and can warrant any and all things thrown her way. (54/60).