Dancing With the Stars Review: Fighting Through Adversity

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This week's Dancing With the Stars featured the return of the Insta-Dance, where the teams had a mere 30 minutes to prep, and a couple of celebs battling adversity.

Beset by a ruptured cyst behind his knee, Ralph Macchio's rehearsal time was pared down from the usual 40 hours to just nine, and unfortunately it showed.

He will score major points from the audience for getting out there at all, yes. But the question is whether it will be enough to overcome much lower scores.

Hines Ward battled adversity of his own following his arrest last week, but channeled his stress into both routines, which landed him near the top as usual.

Romeo had a lot to prove after he plummeted from first to worst in just one week, but he redeemed himself with two relatively clean efforts on Monday.

Kirstie Alley, in typical fashion, bungled the Argentine tango in rehearsals, but earned her first 10 of the season when it counted, remaining in contention.

Your leaders after last night, however, are Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas.

The adorable Disney star was not afraid to get in her pro partner's face this week when he needed it. Sometimes the tough love works both ways on DWTS!

Their waltz earned them a season-high 29 points, while their insta-salsa tacked on another 26 for a total of 55 and sole possession of the lead last night.

The week's Dancing With the Stars scoreboard ...

    Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 29 (Waltz), 26 (Salsa). Total: 55!
    Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 28 (Foxtrot), 26 (Jive). Total: 54!
    Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 28 (Tango), 25 (Salsa). Total: 53!
    Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: 27 (Tango), 25 (Salsa). Total: 52!
    Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 25 (Waltz), 21 (Cha Cha). Total: 46!

What do you think? Will the voters come to Ralph's rescue and take into account the fact that he's hurt? If so, who will be voted off instead of him?

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