April 26, 2011 07:17 PM by Allyson Wells
Last night was all about guilty pleasures on Dancing with the Stars. Some stars came out swinging, such as Kendra Wilkinson and Kirstie Alley. Others such as Ralph Macchio and Chris Jericho tumbled. Meanwhile, the young guns Chelsea Kane and Romeo took the lead. Who will survive elimination?
The show opens with New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys performing. They feature Joey McIntyre from season one of Dancing with the Stars. I imagine these two bands are a guilty pleasure for many ladies out there.
The two leaders, Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas and Romeo and Chelsie Hightower are up to learn their fate first. Backstage footage is shown of Mark injuring his ankle and a grateful Chelsea, who is proud of making it through the dance. Romeo jokes that he loves Chelsie before the dance. She asks him how her lipstick tastes after he spontaneously kisses her at the end of their dance. He then strips down for getting a 10. Tom reveals that Romeo and Chelsie are safe. Brooke tells Chelsea and Mark that they are also safe.
Tom asks Len who he wants to see for the encore. He wants to see one of the hottest dances ever again-Kendra and Louis’s samba. The two return for their encore performance of Livin’ La Vida Loca. Kendra shakes it as hot as she did last night. Len cheers in delight when Kendra shimmies on the judges’ desk again.
Backstage, Brooke asks Romeo how it felt to take the top spot. He thinks Hines is a terrific dancer, but is happy to celebrate being in the lead. Chelsie was amazed to get her first ten in her five seasons of dancing. Brooke then asks Karina how stressed she is about the mistake she made last night. Karina admits she is super stressed but thinks they still have so much to show. Ralph wants to clear up that it was a mishap and not a mistake and asserts that Karina carries him all the time.
Two couples in the middle of the pack, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson and Kirstie Alley and Maskim Chmerkovskiy are up next. Hines is shown to be very nervous before the performance. Afterwards, he is bummed he didn’t get a ten. Kirstie is shown to be pumped after delivering a solid performance. Tom tells Hines and Kym they are still in the competition. Brooke tells a thrilled Kirstie and Maks they are also safe.
Video footage is shown of the Dancing with the Stars Troupe and their weekly preparation. They admit the bar has been set high by the professionals. The troupe spends hours listening to their music and preparing for any spontaneous changes.
The Macys Stars of Dance perform a dance inspired by the upcoming royal wedding. The song is to “Stand by me.” The dance begins as a young girl and boy meeting in a park and falling in love. The dance then continues to a prince and princess getting married. The dance then shows an older couple dancing in the park. It’s a very sweet progression of dances. The dance ends with the young couple dancing together. Some of you might recognize the young girl as Kendall Glover, the runner-up in Paula Abdul’s dance reality show, Live to Dance.
A montage is shown of the remaining celebrities and what the show means to them. Romeo came in with no confidence and now wants to show everyone he is a contender. Chelsea admits sometimes you hit a wall and call it a day, but you have to push through. Chris notes he gets frustrated, but knows that hard work is necessary to make it all come together. Hines thinks it is like Monday Night Football and you want to showcase your talent to the world. Kendra has never experienced anything like going to the dance floor before. Ralph thrives on the 90 seconds you have to make it or break it. Kirstie lives for the all or nothing moments and thinks she will come to life in the final weeks.
New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys return to perform “Step by Step” and “I Want it that Way.” Wow, these performances make me feel old! Pia from the Dancing with the Stars Troupe and Anna Trebunskaya perform with them at the end of the dance.
Former American Idol finalist Pia Toscano performs “I’ll Stand By You.” Karina Smirnoff and Mark Ballas perform a dance to the song. The choreography to the dance is beautiful. I love the move when Mark helps Karina flip off of the judges’ desk. Pia and the dancers get a standing ovation. Tom wonders why Pia got voted off, but she replies that everything happens for a reason. Tom says that he is not going to ask if she is dating Mark, but does ask if Mark is a good kisser. Pia laughs that Mark is a good person, while Mark smiles from the dance floor.
The lowest scorers of the night take to the stage to learn their fate: Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel, Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke. Kendra says there is no way she is going home with all that she has to offer. Backstage, Kendra laughs that she gave Len a birthday gift he’ll never forget. Chris and Cheryl are thankful he didn’t get ripped apart more and is sorry he let everyone down. Karina’s accident is shown again. Afterwards she cries how sorry she is to Ralph and he begs her to stop and asks if she is okay. He is so proud of their dance and assures Karina she did not let him down. The first couple revealed to be safe is Kendra and Louis. Tom announces that Ralph and Karina are safe and Chris and Cheryl have been eliminated.
Brooke asks Chris if he is shocked to be eliminated, and he jokes the timing is great because he is flying over to the royal wedding. He gets serious and knows his last performance was not as good, but is proud of the overall job he did. He thanks Cheryl for helping him get so far and knows she will be a friend for life. Video highlights of Chris’s best moments are shown. He admits that moving away from Cheryl will be like losing his best friend. Cheryl tells him he exceeded her expectations and he has turned into an amazing dancer and friend.
What did you think of the results? Was the right couple eliminated? I was sorry to see Chris go, as I thought despite a less than stellar performance last night, he had shown real growth. I like how classy he was upon learning his elimination.
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