The Dancing With the Stars semifinals featured a couple notching back-to-back perfect scores but trailing by 13 points when all was said and done. Say what?
Introducing the Winner Take All Cha-Cha!
The idea was conceived to reward for DWTS' high-scoring contestants, since the judges' scores only count for part of a couple's overall total each week.
In other words, it was to level the playing field for upstarts Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, who lag in fan support but bring plenty of talent to the table.
Fair or not, the show's strategy worked.
This isn't to say that Chelsea didn't nail the routine (or her other two, earning a 30 and a 28), but the 15-point bonus gave Kane and Ballas a total of 73.
The fact that Hines Ward and Kym Johnson were perfect in BOTH their dances Monday yet ended up in a distant second seems a bit unfair, but so it goes.
With three spots in the finals up for grabs, the voters should still send them through, especially after Kym Johnson’s neck injury and incredible return.
Three nights later, Kym was out of her brace, doing the Argentine tango and delivering a routine that earned them 30. Technically and emotionally perfect.
Emotional and cathartic, it was amazing to watch the two. Then they went and delivered ANOTHER perfect routine in the salsa for back to back 30s!
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been on a roller coaster all season, which certainly applies to her life as a whole. Would this be a high?
Not quite, but it certainly wasn't a low point, either. Kirstie and Maks more than held their own and earned 27s in both waltz and paso doble Monday.
Ralph Macchio’s knee is better, but his dancing was not. He and Karina Smirnoff received a 23 and 25, leaving them at risk on tonight's results show.
The Dancing With the Stars semifinal scoreboard ...
- Mark Ballas and Chelsea Kane: 73 (30, 28, 15).
- Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 60 (30, 30).
- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 54 (27, 27).
- Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 48 (25, 23).
Who do you think is going home tonight?