It’s down to Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward, and Kirstie Alley — and viewers definitely want to see if talent triumphs over personality. More than 22 million people tuned into this season’s last performance night of Dancing With the Stars, which gave ABC a key win on Monday in the demo (3.4 rating/9 share) and viewers (131.5 million), according to early results.
Dancing With The Stars earned a 4.6/13 – down 6 percent from its last fall performance finale, but still enough to take the 8-9 timeslot. It didn’t do much good for the premiere of The Bachelorette, however: The latest installment earned a 2.8/7, which was flat with last season’s premiere and tied as its lowest-rated premiere ever. READ FULL STORY »
Yes, Hines Ward has been in the top three of the leader board week after week. Yes, he’s been the Las Vegas odds makers’ pick to win for several weeks running. And yes, he had an amazing night on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars with a classy freestyle that earned him a 30 and an equally amazing judges’ choice samba that scored him a 29.
So does that mean Ward is a shoo-in for the trophy? Maybe, but the pro athlete already feels like he’s standing in the winner’s circle. “I’ve proved to people that I can dance. I’ve already won,” Ward told reporters after Monday’s performance show.
That said, Ward knows exactly where that mirror ball trophy will go, should he win one. “I have a place for this at home, right beside my Super Bowl MVP trophy!”
Since he’s got some stiff competition from Disney star Chelsea Kane – who also scored a 29 and a 30 on Monday — and Kirstie Alley — who’s a real crowd pleaser — Ward thinks it’s anyone’s trophy to win on Tuesday. “Chelsea and Mark, they’re great. Maks and Kirstie are great. It’s just a matter of whatever you feel. I think everyone’s style is a little different,” he said.
Fair enough, but he’s not shy to point out his consistently high scores. “For week to week we’ve been right there at the top of the leader board. Week in and week out, hopefully the fans will see that and vote for us.”
Meanwhile, Ward’s partner Kym Johnson is still recovering from that nasty neck injury from last week and is still wearing a neck brace during rehearsals. “I’m not too bad,” she told reporters. “My movement has improved this week. I’m feeling much better. We did those lifts slowly. We really mastered how to get me up. I was going to make sure we did it right. I wore my neck brace in rehearsals. We were more cautious going into it, but we were confident about the tricks.”
When asked whether he’s suffered any injuries, Hines joked, “Mentally. Dropping her on her head. Getting locked up by the police. But other than that, health wise I’m fine. I’m still in awe that we pulled off our routine.”
Kirstie Alley may be at the bottom of the leader board going into Tuesday’s finale of Dancing with the Stars, but she’s already got a prize (or two) waiting in the wings: Broadway is calling!
“I was offered a Broadway play,” the actress told reporters after Monday’s show. “I’m not going to do it, because my friends said, `don’t do one if you can’t get a Tony!’ But I am tempted. There a couple I want to do.”
When Alley declined to give details about her Broadway ambitions, a reporter prodded her about some other post-DWTS possibilities — like, maybe, appearing on The Bachelorette? “F–k no! Are you crazy?” she said, laughing. “I would be so f–king mean. Are you kidding me? It would be bad!” READ FULL STORY »
Just saying, fans of Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward: Chelsea Kane has never won squat, so she wouldn’t mind taking home that mirror trophy during Tuesday’s final of Dancing with the Stars. ”This would be the first thing I’ve ever won,” the actress told reporters after Monday’s show. “Kirstie and Hines have won Emmys and Super Bowls. This will be my first trophy if I take it home! I’ll dedicate it to the whole room.”
But were her two dances on Monday strong enough to warrant a first place win? SPOILER ALERT! Don’t go to jump if you haven’t watched her perform. READ FULL STORY »
After spending time on the bottom of the leader board for two weeks in a row and getting ripped by the judges, Ralph Macchio knew his time on Dancing with the Stars had come to an end. On Monday, he and partner Karina Smirnoff became the latest couple to leave the dance floor. READ FULL STORY »
Fans of Dancing with the Stars saw first-hand on Monday how Kym Johnson injured herself while rehearsing with partner Hines Ward last week. Cameras caught Johnson as she fell to the floor during a complicated lift – which prompted a well-publicized trip to the hospital. The pro was in fine form Monday — indeed, the couple’s first dance earned a perfect score of 30 — but video of the rehearsal was excruciating to watch. READ FULL STORY »
Is it time for someone to tell Bruno Tonioli that he was hired to be a judge on Dancing with the Stars and not an Italian provocateur? A sexy salsa that was performed Monday by Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff –who wore a tight-fitting, leopard-skin catsuit for the routine – inspired Tonioli to say ”you were too rough with your pussy, darling.” The comment not only generated boos from the audience but prompted ABC to bleep out the p-word for the west coast feed.
Smirnoff responded by briefly turning her back to Tonioli, who seemed genuinely stunned by the audience reaction. He ended up giving the duo an 8 for their salsa (which earned 23 out of 30 points).
“We’ve never expected the judges to be on our side,” Smirnoff told reporters after the show. “They’ve haven’t been on our side for most of the season, but it was just inappropriate and rude and uncalled for.”
“That was just an unprofessional thing to do,” continued Macchio. “I thought the performances were great. We had a couple of days and I nursed my injury at the start of the week. We made a choice. I’ve seen this show do it a thousand times. We were shaking it and having fun and letting it out there and we went a little bigger than life because I’ve seen bigger than life work so well. We always choose elegance, reserve, classy. This was a chance to just break out and be funny. They bought it with lots of others but they didn’t buy it with us for whatever the reason.” READ FULL STORY »
UPDATE: A rep for the show issued this statement: ”Kym Johnson was admitted to the hospital today immediately after falling and injuring her neck during practice. After several tests, she was cleared by the medical staff, though she is bruised, sore and currently wearing a neck brace. Kym plans to continue with Hines Ward in the competition and resume rehearsals as soon as possible.”
Her personal representative released this statement earlier in the date: “Kym injured herself during rehearsals today. She was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures to assure she is okay.”
As the line from Romeo and Juliet goes, ”For you and I are past our dancing days.” Such was the case for Romeo and his partner Chelsie Hightower, who were the latest couple to be booted from the Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday.
“To be honest, I feel good,” Romeo told reporters after the show. “If this was last week, my head would be down. It’s one of those things [if] you go out with a bang, you have no regrets. I gave it 110% yesterday. I felt it was one of our best dances ever and to still get eliminated it shows the level of competition of this year. I’m just really grateful to be part of this season.”
He’s right: The couple’s tango to Britney Spears’ “Hold it Against Me” was one of their best dances all season, a point that was seconded by judge Carrie Ann Inaba. But the duo earned a 27 for the routine and a 25 for their instant salsa for a total score of 52, leaving them second to last on the leader board behind Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff. Since Macchio’s fan base is strong and is favored for the finals, Romeo seemed like the obvious choice for elimination. READ FULL STORY »
Dancing mishaps are nothing new to Kirstie Alley. First, partner Maksim Chmerkovskiytook her down when his thigh went out. Then she lost a shoe. Just when she thought she was out of the woods when it comes to embarrassing on-camera calamities, she falls off a stage.
In case you missed it, it was featured during Monday’s Dancing with the Stars rehearsal footage of the couple’s sultry Argentine tango. She was supposed to jump off a few steps, but instead almost face planted onto the hardwood floors –causing yet another mega cringe-worthy moment for season 12. READ FULL STORY »
Carrie Ann Inaba said she “admired him for getting out here” but it wasn’t so easy for Ralph Macchio once he got under the mirror ball: A painful knee injury prevented Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff from banking some adequate rehearsal time, so they earned 25 out of 30 points for their Viennese waltz on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. Adding insult to injury (quite literally), the duo followed up the performance by earning only 21 out of 30 points for their instant cha cha.
Needless to say, Macchio isn’t feeling that great about surviving another week on the show. “I hope we do,” he told reporters afterwards. “We need [votes] because we have so much more to offer. [Quitting] wasn’t an option. Saturday – it was an option. Saturday, it was an option. I couldn’t do anything.” READ FULL STORY »
Hey, it was all just a misunderstanding! But Hines Ward and his partner Kym Johnson knew last week’s strange run-in with the law might still be on the minds of fans, so the two tried to spoof it in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment during Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. (Apparently, Johnson pretended to hold a gun during one of their two routines).
Otherwise, talking about the now-infamous incident — in which Hines was briefly detained at gunpoint in North Hollywood, CA. Thursday during a mix-up over a stolen car — is no fun for Ward. “It’s a non-story that was made a big story,” he told reporters after the show. “At first, I thought it was funny but you step out of the car and to have guns pointed at you is not a funny sight. I went home, lay down, I didn’t even think twice about it. Kym texted me, ‘are you okay?’ Yeah, why? I turn on the television and I see my face all over the news. I don’t really know how to deal with paparazzi and stuff, but by the time it got back to the east coast, my mom thought I was shot by the police so it wasn’t a good deal. She was nervous, trying to get in touch with me. I was practicing all day.
“So now I hope [fans] vote for us. I’m not a bad guy,” Hines continued. “Nothing happened. I didn’t get arrested. I didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal.”
During Monday’s show, Ward and Johnson earned 28 points for their Fox Trot and 26 for their jive. – With reporting fromCarrie Borzillo