May 10, 2011 at 11:17 am #1967
Everybody is getting better and better. I couldn’t believe how well everyone did last night. Yeah, there’s always some little bobbles in their dances but all-in-all, I think we’ve got a really good bunch here.
I’ve finally decided on who I think will be the winner. I think it’ll be Chelsea. I believe she is by far the best dancer but I know the fan basis is a big deciding factor in the voting, but if it’s on talent alone, she’s got it for sure. Romeo is a close second but I don’t think either is a judges’ favorite. I think they like Hines the most and that could give it to him. Personally, I really like Ralph but he doesn’t seem to be able to get the scores any more. He started out really well but then just stayed status quo. His injury really hurt him, not just physically either.
I’m certain Kirstie will be going home tonight. I have to give her a standing "O" for how she’s done on this show. She’s been a real trouper. Gosh, those two falls she took in practice weren’t just little bumps. After falling off the ladder recently, I’m surprised she could get right back up. For a 60-year old, that had to hurt pretty badly. Apparently she’s taking her Boniva! :o)May 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm #23516
even though he was putting on his best game face and I give him all the credit in the world for just getting through two difficult routines, you could see the pain in his face and in his performance. People of a certain age who come on DWTS and try and compete with the younger contestants are usually very lucky if they even make it this far. Ralph and Kirstie both deserve a standing ovation for their effort; however, having said that, Kirstie and Ralph are definitely reaching the end of the line, I would be hard pressed to think it would be Kirstie over Ralph. Injuries happen to the best of dancers, even the pros, and it’s a chance they all take when they sign up. Problem is, once an injury hits one of the "older" dancers, it’s very hard for them to overcome and continue without reinjuring themselves. For Ralph to have held in their with only 9 hours of rehearsal was amazing, but it won’t save him if the votes aren’t there, and I’m not so sure they will be. Also, and I know many won’t agree, I would not be surprised if Mark doesn’t talk or ‘gesture’ himself and Chelsea right out of that trophy. I give her a lot of credit for getting in his face about how he’s been acting over the past week or two, and admitting that it’s does reflect a certain degree of "look at me, I’m perfect," or a sudden burst of anger with even the slighest showing of a lewd action because he’s not happy with a critique will send a dancer packing no matter how great they really are, and I think Chelsea was right in reminding Mark of this. Seems this young man has become the new Maks, who has really calmed down this year. In any case, I’m still rooting for Hines. He’s the whole package for me, and I still think he’ll win it, unless Mark learns that he’s not the only 10 on stage.May 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm #23531
has gone to his head. Maks just plain loves himself and does it in an endearing way. Mark is not likeable in his egotism. But I hope everybody judges Chelsea and not Mark.
And, like Tamara Braun, I don’t see how you think Hines is good enough to win. He is too stiff IMO. But I know the judges like him. Hell, Carrie likes all football players and seems to be partial to the black guys also. Len seems to be partial to the football players also and, like I’ve said before, they seem to have the largest fan base.
So, I stick by my guns, as far as talent, Chelsea or Romeo. But you could be right, Patti, and the combination of the judges and fans just might make it Hines.May 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm #23536maxineParticipant
I think it may be Ralph tonight also .. I also think Chelsea should win, ( if it goes by Talent) she is the best dancer IMO.
I want Kristie to be one of the last three standing, I think for her age she is doing better than Ralph so for what I’d like to see is :
First place …Chelsea
second place ..Hines
third place …. Kristie ( I know after a certain age , it’s harder to get those legs up and kicking..smile but she is hanging in there) and I think I would have a hard time working with the dance partner she has, I think he is a very mean instructor,I do not like the way he talks to some of the Stars that he has danced with on prevous seasons.May 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm #23544
do….I hit the delete button by mistake! I’m hoping they still do a recap in the first hour of the show tonight. I haven’t watched that first hour in a long time and am not sure if they’ll show the dances again. I sure hope so. From what I’m hearing, it was a really good night for everyone. I’m a Hines fan!May 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm #23554
in spite of his personality. Patti and I among them. I think the stars usually like him also because even though he’s hard, he’s a good teacher. Kirstie says she "loves him!"May 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm #23561
when she fell, twice, in rehearsal. He was anything but rude and instantly started questioning her calorie intake, because she said she was taking in 1400 calories a day and her blood sugar evidently dropped severely, causing her to simply get dizzy. The second fall looked more serious, because she fell off of a platform with stairs. She was extremely lucky that she didn’t break something. And the look on Maks’ face was not to be denied (even though he is a perfectionist); it was one of genuine concern. I just love him (and his dancin’ hot bod as well). Also, and we don’t give him enough credit, Tom Bergeron is one of the best hosts I have ever seen in this type of show. I love his remarks for the judges, especially Len. They all seem to leave him wide open sometimes, and he never fails to come through with an extremely funny comment. But, Maks, you need to keep your hands off his butt, unless you think it brings you good luck. In that case, rub away.May 11, 2011 at 11:04 am #23569
I didn’t get home last night until just before the end of the show. When I turned on the TV and saw Romeo and Ralph as the last two, I couldn’t believe it. I sure missed the boat on that one, didn’t I? Well, that what makes for good TV, I guess. And could Romeo have been any more gracious than he was? He earned a lot of respect from me, the kid seems to be mature beyond his years. He should question if he is really Master P’s kid.May 11, 2011 at 12:54 pm #23574
The first hour was absolutely spectacular. They showed re-runs of old results shows over the years, and the pros, past and present, performances. Gosh, I really miss Derek. His performances were like no others, especially his paso doble with Chelsea Hightower, and I didn’t realize this, but she won an Emmy for her choreography for that piece. And then there was Derek’s performance, maybe with Chelsea again, I don’t recall, on top of the piano to "Great Balls O’ Fire," that had me standing up and applauding like I had a screw loose or something. All of the pros were breathtaking. Hope you get to see a re-run somewhere. I felt so bad for Romeo, although I can’t say I didn’t expect it, because I couldn’t help but feel that Ralph, although he braved it out, seems to have gotten the pity vote. The first two to make the finals were Hines and Kirstie, and I was surprised, because that meant that Mark and Chelsea had to face once again the possibility of going home, but when they were announced to be safe, it came down to Romeo and Ralph, and I really expected it to be Ralph. I agree, Romeo couldn’t have been more humble. He’s really a sweetheart. The only thing I didn’t get a thrill out of last night was that silly "DanceCenter" skit with Kenny Mayne, who I just don’t think is the least bit funny. Other than that, now it’s game on and I’m hoping Ralph’s leg has healed, because everyone’s entitled to one mishap, but not two. I’d say next week will determine whether it’s Ralph or Kirstie going home.May 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm #23575
For me, I don’t think Ralph got the pity vote at all. I think it was his overall performance for the entire season thus far. He started out like gangbusters, tapered off a bit and then handled his injury with determination. I think his fan base also saw this gracious and considerate man who really deserved to stay in the competition and give it his best…which is what he’s been doing all along. Romeo has come a long way from what I saw in the beginning as an arrogant kid who thought he didn’t need to be taught how to dance. He smoothed out his rough edges and saw that he wasn’t as knowledgeable as he thought when it came to this type of performing. So, all in all, I think Ralph has kept a steady beat throughout this competition and earned his place in the semi-finals. Just my opinionMay 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm #23581
You know, I wonder if they did to Ralph’s injury what they do to football players and pump his ankle full of novocaine. It would make sense to me that as long as dancing on it wouldn’t cause further injury, they’d do that so he could dance. I’m sure the medics have done that more than once to performers who have an injury when the show must go on.
They couldn’t do that with the vollyball player (can’t remember her name, Missy-something?) when she was injured because walking on it would have caused further harm so she had to quit. Boy, sometimes I wish I could get something like that in my back, just to give me a few hours pain free. (Sorry for the pity-party, I’m just really hurtin’ today, three back surgeries plus three fractured vertebra and add some arthritis, it can do that.)May 12, 2011 at 11:24 am #23605
That was an excellent show. It’s funny that I don’t remember most of those dances from the past but I really, really, enjoyed them all. It kind of makes me miss those great variety shows they used to have on TV a gazillion years ago, Milton Berle, Your Show of Shows, Sonny & Cher, The Osmonds, Jack Benney, The Gary Moore Show, The Smothers Brothers, Dean Martin, Carol Burnette, et. al.. The Carol Burnette show where they did the skit wearing innertubes around their middles I think was the funniest thing I have EVER seen on TV. I was in pain laughing so hard at them. I know most people liked the Gone With the Wind one with her wearing the drapes better, but I liked the "fat people."
I really can’t understand how they can say those shows are no longer popular. I guess its because of the worshipped younger demographics. If it’s not loud and raucous, it can’t keep their attention.May 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm #23644
there’s another truly amazing girl I really miss on DWTS. Whatever happened to make her leave? Does she still date Ryan Seacrest? Juliana and Derek are probably two of my favorite all-time pros, besides Maks and Tony, but gosh, I don’t recall realizing how great Louie is when he’s dancing with another pro. He was fabulous on the results show.May 13, 2011 at 2:57 am #23653
and she’s started acting too. I saw something on ET a couple of months ago where they were on the set of some movie that she was part of and she was loving it. They also mentioned that she was still dating Ryan; but, that could have changed by now…who knows! I miss her and Derek too. They have such great personalities besides being such outstanding dancers.May 13, 2011 at 11:17 am #23659
with Cher and Christina Aguilera. Not only is she performing/recording a lot as a C&W singer but she is actively pursing her acting career also. And, as of just the other day, she’s still dating Ryan and it seems to be pretty serious.
I’ve always liked the Houghs too, Juliana probably a little more than Derek, (who seems to have an ego almost as big as Maks) but they are certainly two talented kids. I understand Derek intends to return to DWTS but not Juliana.
On a side note, doesn’t Maks’ brother look a lot like him? Another couple of talented sibs although I don’t think Maks does anything but dance. His bro can sure play that violin. And Mark Balas is no slouch on the classical guitar either. If anybody doesn’t know, Mark and Derek play in a band together. They both sing also.
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