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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Latin night

Raven reports on last night's DWTS:

Drama was the name of the game in last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars," from Chelsea and Mark's dreamy waltz; Ralph and Karina trying to just get through the night; a mock marriage proposal and the make-or-break instant dance. As the night went on, it was clear to see who will make it to the finals – or at least, who should. And note to wardrobe: I beg you, please keep the fringed pants and men-in-eyeliner far away from the Top Three.

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Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas kicked off the night with an elegant waltz. Mark's mini-temper tantrum over last week's scores led the pair to have a heart to heart during rehearsal. Chelsea asked Mark to remember that his actions reflect on both of them and that she doesn't want the judges to think that she expects high scores each week. The talk struck a chord with Mark as he designed a routine for Chelsea to take center stage. It paid off – they got the first pair of 10s this season.

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower stepped it up after nearly getting voted off last week. I never would have thought to put "tango" and "Britney Spears" in the same sentence, but isn't that the magic of this show? As they danced to "Hold It Against Me," you could feel the intensity.

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Hines Ward and Kym Johnson's easy, breezy fox trot left the judges debating whether his moves were more reminiscent of  Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly. In a lighthearted routine to "This Will Be," the pair twirled and skipped across the stage, ending with Hines playfully giving Kym a ginormous engagement ring.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have failed to impress me this season, but their routine was sizzling. The judges have made it clear that they want to see them in the finals. Not sure about that – I think the other dancers are better – but they made their best case for it last night.

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff might have prematurely reached the end of the road with last night's performance. A leg injury hampered his mobility. He wasn't even sure that he'd be able to perform until just before showtime. The judges expressed their sympathies and admiration that he was able to dance as well as he did, but they still got the lowest scores of the night.

The Instant Dances didn't really resonate that much, but for a full recap of them, check out the LAT Showtracker page.

So, when the smoke clears and the spray tans fade, I believe that Chelsea, Romeo and Hines will (read: should) be left standing, give or take Ralph. As we well know, anything is possible especially since there hasn't been a surprise elimination.

Who's danced their last dance in your opinion? Will sympathy save Ralph? Will frontrunners Hines and Chelsea be booted off? Will Romeo end up in the Bottom 2 for the second straight week? Will the judges' hopes be enough to keep Kirstie?

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