Raven reports on last night's DWTS:
We're down to the semifinals and I sense that The Fix is in.
The judges have already said they want Kirstie in the finals. It is written. So, who's going home? Will it be Hines, this season's ballroom MVP? Is it Ralph, whose fans rallied to save the Karate Kid from elimination last week after a leg injury? Or has Chelsea, the Disney sweetheart, danced her last superb dance?
As last night's episode kicks off and the dancers face three rounds of competition, the finals begin to take shape.
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff are clearly feeling the pressure with their seductive Argentine tango. Unfortunately, the judges didn't think they were hot enough. Len said it "didn't smolder." Carrie Ann felt the emotion on his face didn't reach his feet. 25/30
My feelings about Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: overrated and low expectations. She might as well be named Bristol. She didn't even get her first 10 of the season until last week. (But Romeo went home?) The temper tantrum she threw with Maks during rehearsal does nothing to endear her to me. But the judges gushed over her performance, with Carrie Ann calling it "magical." Le sigh. 27/30
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas' first dance wasn't my fave. It didn't scream "Latin lovers." Carrie Ann agreed, saying it wasn't up to par. Len said Chelsea's legs "lacked authority" throughout the dance. Bruno disagreed: "I got it and America has it as well." 28/30
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson gave a sexy and emotional performance that had the pair in tears by the end. Kym almost suffered a major neck injury in rehearsal last week when Hines fell on her as she attempted an ambitious, never-before-seen lift. Still shaken by the incident, they turned in a pitch-perfect performance, netting 10s from the judges. "It was like good sex," Bruno said, "you never want it to end." 30/30
For the second round, Ralph and Karina are up with a salsa routine that intended to evoke the cheap, trashy, disco era right down to Ralph's gold chains and Karina's leopard bodysuit and lionesque, curly wig. It reminded me a bit of Kyle and Lacey's "Charlie's Angels" performance last season. Unfortunately, it was not a judges' fave, which leaves Ralph still facing an uphill climb. 48/60
Kirstie and Maks get another round of 9s for their paso doble, which had some kind of black magic thing going on. Len acknowledges that she mastered two of the toughest dances. "The fire, the power, the brimstone," Bruno raves, as Carrie Ann declares her Queen of the Paso Doble. 54/60
Chelsea and Mark rumba their way to a perfect score. Len gives her high praise: "Tonight, you have fulfilled your potential." Bruno describes it as "romantic and erotic, but perfectly pitched." 58/60
At this point, it seems that all Hines and Kym have to do is just step onto the dance floor to get at least a 9. Their salsa is another perfect performance, nabbing them three 10s. 60/60
Now it's time for the winner-takes-all cha-cha, a new feature. Ralph really needs those 15 points. The first round pits him against Hines. It was a redeeming performance, but not enough to beat the MVP. Chelsea and Kirstie face-off in a lackluster performance. I felt that I'd seen Chelsea and Mark's performance before, but they are the judges' pick to go against Hines and Kym.
Hines and Kym gave another great performance but Chelsea and Mark took-it-all with their ending and find themselves once more atop the leaderboard. Assuming they make it to the finals, they could beat Hines and Kym.
So, tell me – who other than Kirstie is going home tonight? I think it will be either Ralph, who hasn't recovered from his bad stretch, or Chelsea, who may lack the fan base to propel her to the finals.