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After being saved by fans last week despite coming in last on the scoreboard, Ralph Macchio’s luck ran out Tuesday night as he was voted off Dancing With The Stars.

Joining Ralph, 49, in the bottom two was Kirstie Alley who was then declared safe. “I will never forget how the fans have driven us through every week,” said the Karate Kid actor following his elimination. “It inspired me. I would run here every Monday for us to present what we worked on.”

Ralph then went on to thank his pro partner Karina Smirnoff. “Karina, you have inspired me in so many ways with your heart, your talent, your class, your integrity as an artist, and even more so as a human being,” he said. “I am proud to have been your dance partner and even more proud to be your friend.”

With Ralph’s elimination, Chelsea Kane, Kirstie, and Hines Ward move on to next week’s finals on Monday! This season’s winner will then be crowned on Tuesday.

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Monday night on Dancing With The Stars brought us the semi-finals competition. The four remaining contestants had to perform two new dances in addition to a winner-takes-all cha-cha for 15 bonus points.

Following a pretty scary neck injury days ago, pro dancer Kym Johnson and her partner Hines Ward managed to give two perfect performances.

During rehearsals late last week, Kym took a nasty fall and landed on her head. She was rushed to the hospital before doctors ultimately cleared her to practice with the help of a neck brace. This all makes Kym’s feat on Monday night all the more impressive as she and Hines earned a perfect score for their first dance of the night – the Argentine tango. “It was like something from the Kama Sutra,” said judge Len Goodman. “That is a tango!” The duo also earned another 30 for their salsa.

Leading the leaderboard last night, thanks to their bonus 15 points from the cha-cha dance contest, Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas also received a perfect score of 30 for their sexy rumba! Add in the 28 points they received for their earlier tango, and the pair scored a total of 73 points for the night. It’s safe to assume Chelsea and Mark will not be getting the boot tonight.

Falling to the bottom for the second week in a row was Ralph Macchio and pro partner Karina Smirnoff. It is however a comment by judge Bruno Tonioli that is making headlines today. See following their sexy salsa performance, Bruno made a racy remark in reference to Karina when he stated Ralph was “too rough” with his p–sy. He later clarified he was referring to Karina’s pussycat costume. This led to some boos from the audience.

Karina spoke to UsWeekly after the live show, stating she felt “dirty” following Bruno’s critique. “Today was just inappropriate and rude and uncalled for,” she said, adding that Bruno “wouldn’t make eye contact” with her after the incident.

Below are the full scores from last night -

Chelsea & Mark: 73 (28, 30, 15)
Hines & Kym: 60 (30, 30)
Kirstie & Maksim: 54 (27, 27)
Ralph & Karina: 48 (25, 23)

TELL US – DID BRUNO GO TOO FAR WITH HIS COMMENT TO KARINA? WHO SHOULD GO HOME TONIGHT?

Following “American night” last week on Dancing With The Stars, the show returned Monday night with a very non cheesy “guilty pleasure night.”

And it was a good night as the first 10s of the season were handed out to two contestants. Romeo received the first 10 of the night for his lovely Viennese waltz with partner Chelsie Hightower to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” “Every once in awhile in a season, magic happens,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “And that was magical.”

Romeo ended the night with a score of 28 as so did Disney starlet Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas. Chelsea and Mark received the second 10 of the night for their quick-step to “Walking on Sunshine.” “I’m getting a suntan from you!” said judge Bruno Tonioli. “You have so much zest. Splendid.”

And it wouldn’t be a typical DWTS night if a mishap didn’t occur. This week, actor Ralph Macchio suffered that fate when his partner Karina Smirnoff tripped over him during their paso doble to “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory. The duo quickly recovered and ended the night with an okay score of 24.

At the bottom of the leaderboard this week and in serious danger of going home is wrestler Chris Jericho alongside partner Cheryl Burke. The duo danced the tango to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” with Bruno stating the wrestler looked like “a lump of granite.” Ouch.

The results show airs tonight at 9/8c and someone will be going home. Below are the scores from last night -

Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 28
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 28
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 27
Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 26
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel: 25
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 24
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 22

In other DWTS news, it seems Mark Ballas, 24, and eliminated American Idol contestant Pia Toscano, 22, are still going strong.  The new couple was photographed dining at a Beverly Hills restaurant on Sunday night.  Also pictured with the duo were Mark’s mom (in the blue dress), and his fellow pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Those photos are below!

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It seemed all but evident that Kendra Wilkinson would likely be getting the boot on Tuesday’s Dancing With The Stars results show, after receiving the lowest score on Monday, but that was not the case.

Kendra was safe and unfortunately for boxer legend Sugar Ray Leonard, he and his partner Anna Trebunskaya were sent home.

Despite the somewhat surprising elimination, Sugar Ray, 45, wasn’t bitter with the results. “You know what? That’s life and I fought a good fight,” he said on Tuesday’s show. “I’ll cherish this moment. Good friends, good show. I love the spirit of the show. I love the people on this show.”

His partner Anna added, “We had so much fun. It was amazing. A boxer become a ballet dancer!”

In other DWTS news, Playboy has now released the cover of their May issue featuring dancer Karina Smirnoff. As we reported, Karina posed nude for the latest issue of the mag.

“As a dancer I’ve always embraced my body,” the 33-year-old Ukrainian born dancer tells Playboy. “I’m thrilled to show off my strong, toned physique in the pages of Playboy and celebrate my sexiness.” The issue hits stands on Friday. Photos below.

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A week after Playboy founder Hugh Hefner announced on twitter that Karina Smirnoff had posed nude for the May issue of the mag, many are still surprised and wondering why she made that choice.

Well, the Dancing With The Stars pro is explaining just that via excerpts from her interview with Playboy. “I’m fearless and love the adrenaline rush,” Karina, 32, tells the mag. “Sexy is the confident energy a person produces. Sexy is the comfortable feeling of being who you are.”

PEOPLE also reports that the higher ups at DWTS are not upset with Karina for posing nude. “They did know ahead of time and they still gave her one of the best pairings,” reveals a source.

In other DWTS news, TMZ is reporting that dancer Mark Ballas and American Idol’s recently eliminated contestant Pia Toscano are hooking up!

According to the site, the two went on a first date on Friday night. As for how the date came about, TMZ states it all started with Pia who developed a crush on Mark as they both shoot their respective shows on the CBS Television City lot in L.A.

Pia apparently had her eye on Mark for weeks and decided to give her friend a piece of paper with her number on it. That friend handed it to DWTS contestant Chris Jericho, who then passed it on to Mark.

Mark was said to have been more than receptive and even rescheduled a music video shoot so he could go on their date on Friday. The two are said to be smitten and plan to do it all again soon. A photo of Mark and Pia after their date is below!

Pia seems to be having a pretty good week as it was also reported she scored herself a record deal less than 24 hours after her Idol elimination.

TELL US — THOUGHTS ON KARINA’S REASONS FOR POSING NUDE & PIA AND MARK DATING?

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In today’s very surprising news, Dancing With The Stars‘ pro dancer Karina Smirnoff will be posing for Playboy!

Playboy honcho Hugh Hefner actually broke the news on twitter Wednesday. “The May issue of Playboy is unforgettable with Dancing With The Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff on the cover & nude inside,” Hugh, 84, tweeted.

For the time being, Karina, 33, is remaining mum on her nude pictorial while a Popeater report states the Playboy spread might get her in trouble with DWTS.

“If Karina posed naked, she can kiss her dancing days goodbye,” a ‘DWTS’ insider stated. “I hope for Karina’s sake that this isn’t true.”

The reason? Apparently the folks at ABC feel having one of their dancers pose naked during an ongoing season could “soil” the wholesome image of the show.

It should however be pointed out that Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson is currently a contestant on the show plus Holly Madison participated in the show a few years back. Also, show host Brooke Burke has appeared in the mag before.

The Popeater report does state the issue with Karina is that she will be appearing in the mag while the show is currently on the air. Karina, who got engaged to professional baseball player Brad Penny back in November, has also received some criticism from fans who wonder why she has decided to pose nude. Bikini photos of Karina below!

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KARINA POSING NUDE? IF ABC IS UPSET, IS IT HYPOCRITICAL?

Days after announcing the celebrity-star pairings, ABC has now unveiled the official cast photos of Dancing With The Stars season 12.

Above is a photo of Playboy Playmate and E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson, who has been paired up with Louis van Amstel. According to numerous reports, Kendra, 25, is the favorite to win the show.

Meanwhile, 60-year-old actress Kirstie Alley is hoping to use the show as a weight loss vehicle. “I’ve lost 60 pounds, and I have 30 or 40 more to go,” the former Jenny Craig spokesperson told US Magazine this week. “And I think with this strenuous, rigorous dance schedule, I think it’s going to work. It’s exciting.”

That should no problem for Kirstie, who is paired with hotness/tough hard-ass teacher Maksim Chmerkovskiy . The 12th season of Dancing With The Stars will officially kick off on March 21.

The remainder of the DWTS Season 12 cast photos below!

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ABC unveiled the Dancing With The Stars season 12 celebrity-dancer pairings this morning on Good Morning America!

Kirstie Alley, 60, will be paired up with pro hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And according to Kirstie, the pressure is on. “My partner [Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is calling me ‘G’ for Grandma,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “He says I’m too slow. I call him ‘M’ for mean.”

Kendra Wilkinson is paired up with Louis van Amstel, while talk show queen Wendy Williams is paired with Tony Dovolani. Many are picking Kendra as the favorite to win it all.

The full pairing list is below -

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson

The 12th season of DWTS officially kicks off March 21 on ABC.

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