May 16, 2011 07:12 PM by Allyson Wells
The semi-finals have finally arrived on Dancing with the Stars. The rehearsal footage reveals a dramatic week of training. The final four must push themselves to their limits and through the pain. Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward all want to win the mirror ball trophy. Who will rise to the challenge on this momentous night?
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff
Ralph pushed throughout pain last week, but still struggled. Ralph knows that the fans got him through and he wants to live up to their faith in him. Ralph thinks his knee should hold up for his three dances. Karina jokes that he is too white for his samba and that he has a petite booty. She wants him to wear a fake booty. Ralph is up for anything and is ready to dance like his life depends on it. Their first dance is the tango. It beings with an interlude on chairs, followed by a dance around a light post, which works great. His knee seems to be healing better, and his footwork looks great. The crowd is on their feet and Tom tells him his butt-boosting pants worked. Len didn’t feel any emotion during the dance but liked the setup and the sharp and precise moves. Bruno thinks something was detached from Karina and wants to see the Latin lover in him. Carrie Ann is happy he is dancing better, but agrees with Bruno and wants him to show more of the emotion. Carrie Ann and Bruno give them 8′s, while Len gives them a 9. Before his second dance, his parents and wife talk about Ralph’s life. His parents are proud of how down to earth he is. The producer to the Karate Kid, as well as his movie mom also talk about how everyone loved Ralph. His wife finds it amazing that he stayed the same throughout it all. Ralph acknowledges that work slowed down for him after awhile, but he loved being able to spend time with his children. His wife thinks committed is the best word to describe him. Their second dance is the salsa. Ralph is wearing shades, chains, and an exposed shirt. The dance begins with him channeling his inner-Kendra Wilkinson and shaking his hips as wildly as he can. I have to say, this is the freest I’ve seen him use those hips this season. Len thinks the dance was too wild and had no rhythm. Bruno thinks he was too rough, and Karina is offended by his terminology. Carrie Ann notes it was odd, but she still liked it and he seemed to be having fun. Carrie Ann and Bruno give them 8′s, while Len gives them a 7.
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Kirstie is thrilled to have earned her first 10 last week. She and Maks begin to bicker with one another during rehearsals. However, they always hug it out. It’s very cute to watch. Maks tells Kirstie she has to be perfect to make it to the finals. He feels the pressure and tells her to stay positive because only one of them can be crazy. Her body begins to fade and she admits it is a huge challenge. Their first dance is a waltz. I love the dip in the beginning. Again, Kirstie has beautiful footwork. Bruno boasts that Kirstie set sail beautifully and was on the crest of a wave. Carrie Ann feels like she transforms the stage into something different each time. Len is surprised at how amazing her posture and sweeping movement was. All three judges give them 9′s. Before their second dance, Kirstie talks about how proud she is to be a Midwest girl from Kansas. Kirstie shockingly reveals an addiction to cocaine. Friend Kelly Preston notes how Kirstie always wanted to be an actress, but has been through some tough stuff, such as losing her dad as her acting career kicked off. Kirstie fondly recalls her Cheers run, then laments putting on weight. Her children love how she is always proving the doubters wrong. John Travolta says that Kirstie is a go-getter and a winner at everything she does. Their second dance is the paso doble. Maks choreographs so well for Kirstie. She is on fire tonight with her footwork and arm movements! She is putting everything she has into her dancing tonight. Bruno believes she was going like a force of nature. Carrie Ann loves it and yells that Kirstie is the queen of the paso doble. Len thinks she danced fabulously. All three judges give them 9′s. Kirstie tells Brooke that even though she gets angry at Maks, she knows he is just trying to get her to be the best dancer she can be.
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas
Chelsea is pumped to have earned two 10′s, but nervous to learn three new dances. Mark is in no mood to joke around and wants her to focus. He has to take a break because he is annoyed that she isn’t working hard enough to reach the finals. Chelsea admits she was not prepared for the difficulty the competition requires. Their first dance is a tango. The choreography is great, and at times Chelsea nails it, but other times seems to be out of sync. Carrie Ann is very picky and finds the dance not up to par because her movements were not sharp and the legs were not strong. Len agrees with Carrie Ann in that her legs lacked authority, but still find the dance to be precise. Bruno loves how she played it and thinks she was on it. Backstage with Brooke, Chelsea reveals she struggled because three dances were a bit much, but promises she will be fine. Carrie Ann and Len give them 9′s, while Bruno gives her a 10. Before her second dance, Chelsea’s parents reveal she was always a performer from an early age. Friend Jordin Sparks attended school with her and points out that she was born to be on stage. Chelsea tells the painful story of how she got scammed by a fake Hollywood agent, but still decided to stay in Hollywood and audition. Their second dance is the rumba. Chelsea enters the stage wearing a dramatically long veil. This dance is much better than her first dance. Carrie Ann is excited by the dance. Len believes she fulfilled her potential. Bruno finds Chelsea to be hypnotic, romantic and erotic. Backstage with Brooke, Chelsea boasts that she is so excited to still be there because America has embraced her. All three judges give them 10′s.
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson
During rehearsals, Kym tells Hines she doesn’t want him to hold back. While practicing, Kym wants to try new lifts that she has never done before or seen on the show. During one of the moves, Hines falls on top of her and she cries that she can’t feel her arms. Hines feels sick as the medics work on Kym. She cries that they have so much work to do, but he wants her to be healthy and isn’t worried about the competition. Their first dance is the tango. Their dance is full of passion and interesting moves. It doesn’t look like they missed any practice time. Hines gives the crowd a wink at the end of his dance. They both get emotional and tear up at the end of their dance. Len loves it and thinks it was like something out of the kama sutra with their leg movements. Bruno gets aroused by it and boasts it was like good sex you never wanted to end. Carrie Ann gets choked up as well and is happy Kym is okay with her very serious injury. She is also impressed with how Hines supported Kym throughout the routine and took care of her. Backstage with Brooke, Hines admits he was crying over the emotional week they had. All three judges give them 10′s. Hines and Kym embrace. Before their second dance, Hines talks about how tough it was being accepted in South Korea because he was half Korean and half African-American. Hines knows how tough it was for his mom to leave South Korea behind. Jerome “the bus” Bettis knows Hines gets his work ethic from his mom. Hines tells Kym being biracial was tough as a child, but being involved in athletics made him feel wanted. Being drafted into the NFL also fueled him to work hard. His teammates think his heart is what makes him the man he is. Their second dance is the salsa. Hines is on fire tonight-he nails every move and looks like he has been dancing for quite some time. He seems like he is having so much fun out on the dance floor. Len loves it and found watching it to be a joyful experience. Bruno tells Hines he is just beautiful. Carrie Ann can’t explain how much joy she gets watching him dance. Backstage with Brooke, Hines claims he owes it all to Kym. All three judges give them 10′s.
Winner Takes All Cha-Cha
Hines and Kym face off against Ralph and Karina in the first heat of the winner takes all cha-cha. Len explains that this has never been done before on Dancing with the Stars. The two winners of each heat will then face off against one another. Len thinks this will ensure that the most talented dancers will make it through to the finals. All of the pairs want the extra 15 points. Kym and Hines get the dance-off started. Hines looks so smooth. Ralph looks good and more loose than he ever has, but some of his movements look a bit jerky. Len thinks Hines looks great, and Ralph has danced totally committed. Bruno believes Hines was as entertaining as ever, and Ralph raised the bar. Carrie Ann felt Ralph’s hips were in it to win it. All three judges choose Hines and Kym. Ralph and Karina congratulate them.
Chelsea and Mark face off against Kirstie and Maks. Chelsea is always technically on, but seems a bit stiff. Kirstie looks very sultry and keeps up with Maks as he whirls her about the dance floor. Bruno thinks Chelsea was clean and fun, while Kirstie looked like she was having fun. Carrie Ann thinks the decision will be tough because they are both great, yet different. Len agrees that they were both great and it will be a challenge to pick. All three judges pick Chelsea and Mark.
Hines and Kym face off against Chelsea and Mark for the final heat. The two pairs will only have the commercial break to learn their routine to “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga. Hines and Kym dance first. Hines Super Bowl MVP mentality really helped him here, as he looks great. Chelsea and Mark also do a great job for putting together such a quick routine. They were both good, but I just prefer Hines’ style of dancing better. Len notes how different their styles are and it will be difficult to choose a winner. Bruno agrees that they were both great. Carrie Ann thinks it proves what great dancers they both are. All three judges declare Chelsea and Mark the winners, which gives them 15 extra points on their total score. This puts them at the top of the leader board. Hines and Kym are in second place, Kirstie and Maks are in third and Ralph and Karina are last. What did you think of the first winner takes all cha-cha? Who do you think will make it through to the finals? Feel free to leave your comments below and don’t forget to tune into the live results show.
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