Dancing With The Stars 12 – Week 7 – VIDEO

Ralph & Karina make a big comeback with a quickstep, and Hines and Kym’s march to the win is unimpeded. Both couples head the leaderboard this week with 66 points (out of 80) a piece.

Everyone would have had higher scores if the cha cha cha group dance had better scores.  The judges were not impressed! Both teams tied at 30 points out of 40.

Extra points also came from guest judge Donnie Burns who was pretty useless.

Going home this week? Kendra may head out the door, despite dancing pretty well this week, or maybe Chelsea or Romeo, who are both good, but probably not as popular as Ralph, Hines and Kristie.

Live blog and videos after the JUMP…

Live blogging Week 7 of Dancing With the Stars right HERE. Bragging that last week’s DWTS was “the most watched show in America”. Eh. Their demo sucks (old people!) so who cares.

The 6 couples have been coached by the greatest dance champions. Latin champion Donnie Burns is introduced “Donnie Burns is our Tiger Woods,”  says Maks. Donnie sits on the panel with the rest of the judges.

Team Dances! It’s the cha cha cha

Team Chelsea: includes Ralph and Karina, Chelsea and Mark and Romeo and Chelsie – OMG Mark’s hip thrusts are scaring me. Big improvement from Ralph.

Len: This is such a challenge…to have to learn a second dance. I thought you did a terrific job. Bruno: You lost sync so many times. Keep in time. Carrie Ann: I thought they were very much in time. Ralph, I’m impressed. You held your own. Donnie: I think they did a great job. Ralph, as good as you were, you fluffed a little of the footworks, but it didn’t not ruin the team formation. Donnie: 8, Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 7, Bruno – 7 – 30 - VIDEO

Team Hines: Hines and Karina, Kristie and Maks, Kendra and Louis. WHOA SPRAY TANS! Hines! Tricks! Team Hines be killing it. All 3 couples are shaking their thangs.

Bruno: A little bit of extra butt doesn’t hurt! Seamless, smooth. Carrie Ann: This is a fun bunch. Kirstie, your arms were just a little late. Cha cha is your dance. Great jobs. Hines, you had a little boo boo. Donnie: The spacing between couples is important, little fluffs in teh footwork. Len: Team of girls won the boobie prize (STOP IT LEN). Well done to all of you. Donnie – 7, Carrie Ann – 7, Len- 8, Bruno – 8 – 30 - VIDEO

TEAM DANCE TIE!

United States and World Latin Dance Champions, Yulia Zagoryuchenko and Ricardo Cocchi perform! – VIDEO

Luca Baricchi and Shirley Ballas (Mark’s Mom), are training the couples’ individual routines this week.

ABC News update on the death of Osama Bin Laden. Please, real life DO NOT INTRUDE ON MY DANCING FUN PLEEZE.

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas – Paso Doble – Mark teaches Chelsea how to make ANGRY FACES. Mark’s mom drops in to help. STOP SMILING says Shirley. Chelsea is the best dancer left. If life were fair, she’d win. Their paso is edgy and passionate. PIA IN THE HOUSE. Len: I got really confused over it. Too much aggression. It lacked refinement. Bruno: The ball breaker! You danced with almost violent intensity. It was like a Quentin Tarretino paso. Carrie Ann: Out with the old, in with the new. Pushing the boundaries. Great job. Donnie: You’re very together. I was a little confused. Instead of a bullfighter I got a biker chick. Donnie – 8, Carrie Ann – 9 Len – 8, Bruno – 9 – 3464 – Mark is annoyed with Len’s critique. – 1-800-868-3401 - VIDEO

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel – Tango – Luca Baricchi is coaching. I hate to say it, because her personality grates on my nerves–but she’s getting better and better every week. Bruno: You’ve never looked more elegant and ladylike, but you were hanging on to him a little too much. Carrie Ann: I’m so proud of you. Sophistication, elegant, most beautiful expression. Donnie: I thought you did a bloody good job.  Len:  You coped very well with the demanding choreography. Needs to be more crisp. Lift up. – 1-800-868-3407 Donnie – 8 Carrie Ann – 8 Len – 8 – Bruno 7 – 31611-800-868-3407 - VIDEO

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Jive – Shirley is the coach here. Soooo when are they going to start dancing? Ohhh. This is NOT Kirstie’s dance. Lots of clumping around the stage. She needs to stick to the cha cha cha. Lots of comedy thrown into the routine to distract from the bad dancing. Carrie Ann – It wasn’t quite enough of the Jive. You completely went out of sync. Donnie: I buy it. The talent is in between the steps. You fill it with the spirit of who you are. Len: It was fun, it was playful, you act every dance beautifully. As a jive, it was most uneventful. Bruno: As an entertainer, it was superb. Your musicality and your instinct is on the money all the time. Donnie – 9 Carrie 7 Len – 6 Bruno – 8 – 3060 –  1-800-868-3411 - VIDEO

United States and World Latin Dance Champions, Yulia Zagoryuchenko and Ricardo Cocchi perform once again. – VIDEO

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff – Quickstep – Luca coaches the duo. The quickstep is hurting his knees, you wouldn’t know it once he takes the dance floor. Ralph is very light on his feet and FUN. Donnie: You started off vertical and finished off horizontal. It must have been good. Footwork was fabulous. Len: I liked the energy, the footwork was good, needs to be more stable in the upper part of your body. Bruno: That was so vivid, so vibrant. Once you are in the zone you sell it. Carrie Ann: Booya! You’re back. This is they way I want to see you attack the competition. Donnie: 10, Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 8, Bruno – 9 – 3666 –  WOW. – 1-800-868-3408 - VIDEO

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson – Tango – Luca coaches. Jerome Bettis comes to visit. Hines needs to loosen up a little. He’s thinking too hard. Otherwise, solid job. Len: It was a mixture, some of it was full of drama, then it was all a bit too dainty for me. Overall, I liked it. Bruno: I like like the way you play it. Big strong, masterful, determined. That was a killer tango. Carrie Ann: You take command of every dance. Tonight, you were a little off balance. Donnie: I think you’ve got a good mentality. Donnie – 9, Carrie Ann – 9 – Carrie Ann – 8, Bruno – 10 – 36661-800-868-3403 - VIDEO

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower – Samba – Shirley Ballas come in to coach. Romeo is throwing a samba party in his pants! I was expecting more from that. I lost interest halfway through. Bruno: You can get down and shake it. You’ve got to get the bounce in your leg correctly. Carrie Ann: I don’t know if it was sending the samba message. You have incredible potential. You have to work on your technique. Donnie: You’ve got an earthquake in your shoes–everything you do is crucial. Len: We are at the nitty gritty stage of the competition. You’ve got to up your game. Romeo missed a day of rehearsal. Confusion! Donnie held up an 8 when he meant a 7. Donnie – 7, Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 7, Bruno – 8 – 30601-800-868-3405 - VIDEO

  • halo9125

    I’m liking the DWTS version of the pointy pose, lol.

  • OnePlusSix

    I thought the first team dance was great! Lots of energy and loved the costuming. Super job for amateurs with so little time to get it together. Very entertaining…bravo!

  • bentley1530

    I had no idea We Are Who We Are could sound any worse that it already did on the single but this is so terrible it is funny. Also Mark always seems to outshine his partner rather than focusing on making shine. I hate that.

  • OnePlusSix

    I thought the second team did a good job as well…surprised me actually.Also entertaining, but I preferred the first group.

  • halo9125

    Wow, too quiet in here tonight. I thought Mark was going to slap Len- he essentially dissed his mother.

    Did anybody doubt that Pia was in the audience? Was just a matter of time before the camera panned to her…

  • Grammie Kari

    I just don’t like what Mark does to his partners, and this is every year. He doesn’t showcase Chelsea. This was obvious when they did their solos in the group dance. He has a great partner, why try to have people looking at you and not her? This was painfully obvious when we saw Max and Louie dance. I just do not like him even though he’s full of talent.

    I like the first group dance better.

  • Grammie Kari

    Those scores varied greatly 6, 7, 8, 9. I don’t think I have seen scores like that before! I think I would have given Kirstie a 7. Her stamnia seems a bit low. I do like her so much.

  • Grammie Kari

    I don’t know why there is three posts there! Sorry!

  • OnePlusSix

    I like the fact that they bring in the professional’s professional to help and also world class winners to perform, but it must be difficult to follow their dances. I agree, Kirstie’s scores were odd. But kudos to her efforts, can’t be easy this week with two dances.

  • OnePlusSix

    Where is everyone here tonight? I know here in Canada we have the election but it’s possible to juggle both.

  • desiree_chick

    Yeah, here is a dead zone…

  • bentley1530

    Even with the professional dance numbers this show is dragging. They should have dropped down to a 90 minute show tonight.

  • OnePlusSix

    Sorry, but Hines didn’t do it for me tonight.

  • MrDuffin

    Romeo just got screwed out of a point….that sucks and shows how staged the judging is.

  • OnePlusSix

    Romeo just got screwed out of a point….that sucks and shows how staged the judging is.

    Yeah, I was thinking more along the lines of “politics”. That being said though Len got it right, Romeo talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk.

  • Lexus

    Thankfully, I don’t think Chelsea needs to be showcased. She’s pretty impressive on her own.

    As much as I like her, I can’t believe Kirstie got an 8 and a 9. Highly overscored. Even she admitted she forgot to dance in the middle. How does that get you a 9?

    I loved Ralph’s performance tonight. Well done! He’s got a great sense of humor. “Easy if you want me for Monday!”

  • Grammie Kari

    Actually, I think Donnie got confused because he was talking to Carrie Ann. He handwrote 7 on the offical ballot and that is what counted.

    Hines did not deserve that 10 from Bruno and I just don’t understand why he got it.

    Ralph was my favorite tonight. I really am glad he came back and did such a nice job!

    Seems there ARE less people posting tonight.

  • jodeb

    Mark always tries to outdance his partner and that is the one thing that irks me about this show. He either puts on his white Michael Jackson socks or his white spats so that his feet stand out more than anything else and then he tries to kick higher than his partner and get more noticed than her.

    I always get annoyed at that. This is not the first year. I was glad to see that it bothers others, also.

  • OnePlusSix

    Mark always tries to outdance his partner and that is the one thing that irks me about this show

    This has happened with others as well – I remember one night last season when Len called Lacey out for it, saying that it was her job to make her partner shine, ouch.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So glad to see Ralph’s dancing has improved. I’m rooting for him. :)

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    I know she missed a few steps tonight – but I really like Kirstie (and Maks)…and I never like Maks! But he’s a different person with her. Nicer. Warmer. Sexier, if that’s even possible. I’ve been thinking about the why of that, actually. Why Maks is so different around her. I think it boils down to essential Kirstie, if that makes any sense. Kirstie’s an extremely feminine woman. I don’t mean sexy, or flirtatious, or (God forbid) weak. Just feminine. Delicate, in a way. It shows in every move she makes. All she has to do is shoot Maks one of those patented ‘looks’ – and he melts all over her like gooey peanut butter. I think it’s kinda sweet, actually. I certainly don’t see it as contrived or as a negative. It’s just who she is. It underlies her on-screen performances as well. She’s a joy to watch.

    All that to say I simply like her. I hope she stays. Like Ralph, she really lights up that stage. The show would be much less entertaining were she gone.

  • istersay

    Also Mark always seems to outshine his partner rather than focusing on making shine. I hate that.

    that’s what really bugs me about him also, he seems to think he’s a one man team out there. He has a great partner, he should let her be the star.

  • supermart

    I really like Kirstie (and Maks)…and I never like Maks! But he’s a different person with her. Nicer. Warmer. Sexier, if that’s even possible.

    I agree TFLS. You can tell when Maks doesn’t have natural chemistry with his partners (ahem BRANDY)— but that is not the case at all with Kirstie. And you can tell he brings out the best in her, makes her feel sexy– which is great to see.

    While on the subject of great partner matches- I can hardly believe that Ralph is actually making Karina more human and likeable this season. Great partnership there too. (I first thought he was gonna suffer cause shes not the most loved person on DWTS).

    Kendra has improved a lot— but I’d still like to see her go this week. (Cause I’m really pulling for Kirstie and Romeo and they’d probably be the ones in danger with her)

  • SuperNut

    Mark always tries to outdance his partner and that is the one thing that irks me about this show. He either puts on his white Michael Jackson socks or his white spats so that his feet stand out more than anything else and then he tries to kick higher than his partner and get more noticed than her.

    I always get annoyed at that. This is not the first year. I was glad to see that it bothers others, also.

    One of the reasons why I hate Mark Ballas and he just seems so desperate this season. Is it because he figures since Derek is not there, he can take that spot? Is he mad that his best buddies, Derek and Julianne, are off making movies and albums and he’s still stuck on the show? Then, you got the fake relationship with Pia and man, he’s just desperate. Chelsea is not any better. She’s just no likable. Especially with those stories going on about her. Those two are starting to believe their own hype. I hope Hines Ward or Ralph Macchio beat them.

  • DogBitez

    Also Mark always seems to outshine his partner rather than focusing on making shine. I hate that.

    Completely agree. Mark seems focused on achieving the same status as that of his buddy, Derek Hough. He’s trying edgier choreography (which is fine) but outstepping, outkicking and generally outshining his partner. I don’t like the “Look at me! Look at me! I’m so hot” vibe he’s giving off this season. A total 180 from how I used to feel about the guy many seasons ago, back when he partnered Sabrina.

  • Nativenewyorker

    I am happy to see Ralph and Karina come back strong this week with their quickstep. I can believe that this ballroom dance takes it out of you. Ralph may look a lot younger than his age, but he was feeling it in rehearsals. He is too funny! Easy if you want me for Monday! I thought this was probably their best dance of the season. I think if Karina hadn’t slipped and fallen on Ralph’s long coat last week, they would have had great scores because the rest of that dance was great.

    I love Kirstie because she has a great sense of humor about herself. She is doing this for women like me and it’s great to see her hanging in there. Unfortunately, the jive is the hardest latin dance to pull off. I have always said that there is nowhere to hide with the jive. Either you can do the kicks and flicks and jitterbugging or you can’t. There was no way Kirstie was going to be able to jump up and down. Maks choreographed it realistically to give her the best shot at getting the steps down. It was jive light, as I like to call it. I do think she was overscored, but I still hope she stays on because she is having a great time and bringing out the best in Maks.

    I love Hines, but he seems a bit preoccupied and not as much at ease these last two weeks. He has a natural sense of rhythm and music and has been doing very well. Their tango was very good, but I just sensed something missing. I still expect him to be in the final three.

    Mark does what Derek used to do – make the dance about himself and get self-indulgent with the choreography. I know that he likes to push the envelope and be creative with the dances, but he also has to know when not to go too far. While technically great, their paso doble did seem kind of frenetic and almost too fierce.

    I think it’s really Kendra’s time to go.

  • SpenserJ

    He has a great partner, why try to have people looking at you and not her?

    The only conclusion I can come to about Mark is that he’s simply the douchiest guy on TV. I cringe in second hand embarassment at all of his attempts to look cool. He just plain grosses me out. Ick with a double scoop of blech.

    I love Kirstie – she totally cracks me up. I adore how she doesn’t take herself so seriously, yet she’s obviously trying very hard to improve. Clearly this process has been good for her. She looks great.

    I didn’t really think Hines was as good as he usually is, but that was till a pretty darn good waltz. That smile of his melts me every time. I’m amused by this off-field persona, when on the field, he seems ready to slit somebody’s throat LOL.

    Ralph & Karina did a great job last night. I enjoyed Romeo’s dance, but I knew they were going to get dinged for lacking some elements. He sure is a cutie.

  • vjb475

    I remember the 1st yr Lacey was on she was scolded by Len who told her her job was to showcase her partner not herself. Seems like Mark needs to be reminded of this.

    Not sure I like the “Their demo sucks (old people!) so who cares.” comment as I am one of the old people.

  • Allison

    Grammie Kari says:
    05/02/2011 at 9:02 pm

    I just don’t like what Mark does to his partners, and this is every year. He doesn’t showcase Chelsea. This was obvious when they did their solos in the group dance. He has a great partner, why try to have people looking at you and not her? This was painfully obvious when we saw Max and Louie dance. I just do not like him even though he’s full of talent.

    I like the first group dance better.

    Agree to all of that.

  • justshootme

    Mark Ballas skeeves me out. As does Corky Ballas. And now I know it’s a perfect trifecta of skeeve, cuz after last night I can add Shirley to the list. Thank GOD they cut away from the Mom/son pasa doble demonstration. Burn my eyes forever.

    Also, what was with that gesture Mark made as he went thru the crowd after the judging? I believe it was the universal symbol for jerking off. Real classy, dude.

  • desiree_chick

    I really hope Romeo does not go home. He has been doing so well, becoming such a darkhorse. I will be very sad if Kendra stays over Romeo or Chelsea. I kinda hope Romeo or Chelsea sneak into the final three. I supported Shawn Johnson a few seasons ago because she was a young spritely one! It’s always the older ones that succeed because of their longtime fan base, but really the younger ones are just a bit more active and are able to do more interesting dances. But I wouldn’t mind if Hines, Ralph and Kristie are the final three. Just don’t want Kendra robbing spots from Chelsea and Romeo. Especially from Romeo, and I thought he was scored unfairly, where they over-scored on some others. It seems they are done with his growth arc and are ready for him to go. And he can go, ’cause his fan base is no where near the size of even Chelsea’s small fan base.

    Good luck Romeo….don’t go home yet :(

  • datilpepper

    I adore Kirstie, but I knew the jive was going to be difficult for her, but I think Maks did a good job with the choreography…not too difficult , but energetic. Actually it wasn’t that bad. I’m hoping she stays another week, and gets to show us what she can do with the A. Tango. I didn’t like the “old people” shot either. Chronological age means nothing. We who are a bit long in the tooth can appreciate youthful things…Steven Tyler is in his 60’s but you wouldn’t call him old…or Kirstie. :)

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Not sure I like the “Their demo sucks (old people!) so who cares.” comment as I am one of the old people.

    So am I. But, if you are 50+, advertisers don’t give a sh*t if you’re watching. The rating for 18-49 is what’s considered important, not how many people are tuning in to the program, and the demo for DWTS skews older.

    Chronological age means nothing.

    It means something to advertisers. That’s just how it is.

  • GreenHippo

    So am I. But, if you are 50+, advertisers don’t give a sh*t if you’re watching.

    I turned Nifty Fifty this year and FINALLY I can watch whatever I want… :lol:
    Just like I did before.

    As long as Kendra is around I know who not to vote for (here my votes count even if I am Nifty Fifty ;) )
    But should she finally be eliminated this week, what do I do then? I like all the remaining contestants A LOT.

  • HarleyWoman

    Interesting tidbit, Donnie Burns is married to Heidi Groskreutz since 2008. She’s Lacey and Benji Schwimmer’s cousin. She was on Season 2 of SYTYCD.

  • hcpoirot

    Based on the dances: Kristie and Romeo had the worst ones. But they got overscored by the judges specially Kristie got a 9> Are you kidding me?

    Kendra get a lower score and looks like they really want her to go home.

    Kendra or Chelsea will go home tomorrow cause they dance first and second and Chelsea did not had a very high score.

  • Nativenewyorker

    I didn’t discuss Romeo’s performance in my original comments about the performances. The samba is a wild, energetic dance of abandon. I thought there was something off about how he was moving. The judges were right that he didn’t do the steps properly and it affected the entire performance. Romeo didn’t seem comfortable with this dance, for some reason. He has been doing better and better each week. This was a step back.

    I do hope that he stays over someone like Kendra. She should have been gone by now. She hasn’t been all that bad, but her personality and attitude has been crappy at times. I didn’t think her performance last night was all that good. Just okay.

    This is shaping up to be a very competitive season. I don’t see anyone stopping Hines from getting to the final three. I am also fascinated by the “silent assassin” showing a much different side of himself. I am thinking that Chelsea deserves to be in the final three, even though I don’t particularly love all of their dances. I would like to see Ralph get into the final three. I also like Kirstie, but don’t know if she can handle the demands of two dances each week and some of the more difficult choreography that we see heading into the final.

  • Lexus

    I think it’s really Kendra’s time to go.

    From your lips to God’s ears! :)

  • Grammie Kari

    I have put points on Kendra almost every week. Well, I did put 15 points and just want to see her go home. Ralph has become my favorite since Petra and Dmitry left. I don’t care all that much for the Dance Troupe and would rather see him dance!