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Dancing With The Stars Final Nine Dance The Paso Doble Or The Waltz

April 09, 2007 08:43 PM by Joe Blackmon

Heathermills_finalnineHost Tom Bergeron asked judge Len Goodman why he thought no one had
broken out of the pack this season.  Len Goodman said he did his
research and that last season the couples averaged 19 hours a week of
practice and this season the couples were only averaging 13 hours a
week of practice.  Goodman added “That six hours is the difference
between good dancing and great dancing.”   

The remaining nine couples danced either the Waltz or the Paso Doble.  In the Paso Doble, the judges looked for strong aggressive movement, twist turns, and the flavor of the bull fight   In the Waltz, the judges looked for serene facial expressions, underarm turns, and seamless breaks in the hold. 

Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the Paso Doble.  Len Goodman said “It wasn’t enough content, not enough fire.”  Bruno Tonioli said “You started this like a blockbuster, and I feel like I’m watching reruns.”  Carrie Ann Inaba said “With you because of your strength, you’ve got to work on your flexibility and opening up just a little more.”  Laila & Maksim received a score of 21 out of 30 points.

Apollo Anton Ohno & Julianne Hough danced the Waltz.  Bruno Tonioli said “Finally I’m seeing the crown jewels of the competition.”  Carrie Ann Inaba said “That was so romantic, that was wonderful.”  Len Goodman said “It was riddled with bad footwork.”  Apollo Anton & Julianne received a score of 26 out of 30 points.

Leeza Gibbons & Tony Dovolani danced the Paso Doble.  Carrie Ann Inaba said “Not so good this week.”  Len Goodman said “Dull, dull, dull.”  Bruno Tonioli said “Imagine the Paso Doble of all the dances like a juicy steak, and what you gave us was a diet version of the Paso Doble.”  Leeza and Tony received a score of 16 out of 30 points. 

Ian Ziering & Cheryl Burke danced the Waltz.  Len Goodman said “That was a really, really good Waltz.”  Bruno Tonioli said “You started like Mr. McDreamy, but sometime you went to Mr. McStiffy.”  Carrie Ann Inaba said “What’s lacking in your performance is breathe.”  Ian & Cheryl received a score of 24 out of 30 points.

John Ratzenberger & Edyta Sliwinska danced the Paso Doble.  Bruno Tonioli said “Obviously the magic backfired tonight, and you turned into a curse.”  Carrie Ann Inaba said “I was confused, actually.  I couldn’t tell if you were being funny or if you were really trying and it just wasn’t working out so well.”  Len Goodman said “I think you were going for the humor, because you made me laugh a lot.”  John & Edyta received a score of 16 out of 30 points.   

Clyde Drexler & Elena Grinenko danced the Waltz.  Carrie Ann Inaba said “Every bit of choreography you’ve done looks like the same dance.”  Len Goodman said “I can’t forgive it if I don’t think you’re even trying, and Clyde, it’s my opinion you’re not even giving it your best shot.”  Bruno Tonioli said “There is more romance between Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell.”  Clyde & Elena received a score of 15 out of 30 points. 

Billy Ray Cyrus & Karina Smirnoff danced the Paso Doble.  Len Goodman said “This bear is turning into a lion.”  Bruno Tonioli said “I could see the fire from your eyes, you were going for the kill, and it is true that we appreciate that.”  Carrie Ann Inaba said “That was oddly awkward and sexy and hot and strange all at once, but I love it.”  Billy Ray & Karina received a score of 21 out of 30 points.    

Heather Mills & Jonathan Roberts danced the Waltz.  Bruno Tonioli said “You continue to amaze me.”  Carrie Ann Inaba said “This week wasn’t as good.”  Len Goodman said “I thought overall you did a great job.”  Heather & Jonathan received a score of 23 out of 30 points. 

Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson danced the Paso Doble.  Carrie Ann Inaba said “You were on fire, that was great.”  Len Goodman said “You really captured the flavor of that dance.”  Bruno Tonioli said “That was a mean Paso Doble, right on it.”  Joey & Kym received a score of 28 out of 30 points. 

The judges have clearly put three couples at the bottom:  Leeza Gibbons & Tony Dovolani, John Ratzenberger & Edyta Sliwinsk, and Clyde Drexler & Elena Grinenko.  Viewer votes will probably save John Ratzenberger and maybe Clyde Drexler.  Our prediction is that Leeza Gibbons & Tony Dovolani will be the next couple to go home. 

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  1. Bucky Fox Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Goodbye, Gibbons.

    It’s the strongest lock since I picked Florida to buck Ohio State in the college football title game.

    OK, so I picked Ohio State to return the favor in the recent hoops final. But who’s counting?

    On the floor that counts right now — “Dancing With the Stars” — Leeza Gibbons won’t stand for long. Like tonight. She’ll glide right past Clyde Drexler and fade stage left.

    Not that it matters much. Drexler is a slam-dunk goner next week. McCartney will beat it soon thereafter. The Cheers guy is facing a last call. Billy Ray won’t be aching in practice much longer.

    Start counting down to the Fat One vs. Ohno.

    Joey is this season’s Mario Lopez, a ringer stepping all over the competition. The big guy truly hammered it out last night, doing footwork only a pro can nail.

    As for Apolo, he has two big factors that will shoot him to the final: a gold-medal ethic and a partner who is a drop-dead superstar waiting to happen. That would be Julianne Hough, the hottest teen to hit Hollywood since, what, Shirley Jones?

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