Dancing With the Stars Week Six: Things Get Testy

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J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake are clearly the stars to beat this season on DWTS.

Not that their dance moves don't deserve that designation, but the judges seem bent on helping them out as well. There was a major dropoff between their scores and everyone else's.

You can't deny that after some unjust eliminations in recent seasons, they must be scratching their heads a bit. So by padding the scores toward the favorites, they provide a buffer.

That's just a theory, and doesn't change the fact that J.R. and Ricki are undoubtedly the best. But it was enough to set off Maksim Chmerkovskiy after Hope Solo earned low scores.

Hope Solo's rumba to "Seasons of Love" was panned by Len, who called it her "worst dance" and drew boos from the audience, to which he said he'd been doing this for 50 years.

Maks suggested that perhaps it was "time to get out." Rough. Aside from J.R. and Ricki, Nancy Grace turned in a respectable routine, while Rob Kardashian fell short of expectations.

David Arquette was better than average, with Courteney and Coco cheering him on (not to be outdone, the Kardashians were out in force for Rob), while Chaz Bono may be on the block again.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus Photo

There's nothing anyone can do about the standings now, other than rally support from voters to balance them out. The scores for the sixth night of Dancing With the Stars performances were:

  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 29
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 24
  • David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23
  • Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 22
  • Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 20
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 19

Who was your favorite Monday? Do you think anyone was treated unfairly by the judges? Who's your pick to make it all the way to the finals, and who do you predict is on the way out Tuesday.

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I love J.R he's unbelievable talented and should win.
I enjoy Riki and have no doubts that she will be by JR's side in the finale. That being said, once again Maks was right. He's being landbasted for being disrespectful but the problem is, he wasn't being disrespectful so much as he was being honest. Sometimes too many people mix up the two. Hope's dancing is less than stellar and she's clumsily toeing the line of elimnation and has been for some time, but the overall judging scores have been noticeably skewed. They play favorites...they cater to those who are their favorites as far as their dancing skills ( like JR and Riki) and then they are less critical of those who they think are fan favorites and who they know are bringing in ratings (like Chaz). Overall Chaz has sucked. His dancing is subpar and he's pretty much on equal footing as Hope, however he gets nicer critiques and occasionally better scores than he truly deserved because what? His mom is Cher?! And while Ricki is fantastic most of the time, she has her off moments and yet still manages to pull in a 9 when she probably should have gotten a 7. Maks had a point, and as usual for him he reached her breaking point that he reaches practically every season where he told the judges off and he made valid points. He's the perfect example of the craziness of the scoring. I think in part it's due to the tension between he and Len, because clearly they aren't fans of one another, but there have been about three times where Maks and whomever his partner was at the time probably should have taken it home but didn't, or got beat out by charasmatic contenders who lacked dancing skills.