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The National Geographic Channel (thank goodness they stopped trying to make “Nat Geo” stick) is introducing a new series that promises to be equal parts The Godfather, Jersey Shore, and The Sopranos.  The show, American Gypsies, sounds like it will be entirely amazing, given that it’s produced by none other than everyone favorite martial arts underdog, Daniel-san Ralph Macchio.  When does it start??

Ralph tells the Huffington Post, “This is a fascinating subculture that exists right here in New York. I was astounded by some of the customs and what I would call unorthodox choices and traditions, but [they were] kind of relatable in a way with me being from a Greek-Italian-American family. They have strong beliefs and family comes first — this story needed to be told.”

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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?

And then there were four. Last night, another star was sent packing from Dancing With The Stars.

Similar to the scoreboard from Monday night, landing in the bottom two were Ralph Macchio, who had to dance through a knee injury, and Romeo, who gave two solid performances.

Ultimately, the viewers decided there was still a lot of dance left in Ralph as Romeo, 21, and his partner Chelsie Hightower were eliminated.

“I’m surprised because that was one of my best dances last night,” said Romeo. “But I’m not surprised, because of the competition this year — anybody could go at any time, but we went out with a bang. That’s the most fun I had in my life… I was terrified of dancing,” he added. “I didn’t dance at my own prom… I think I’ve showed kids anything is possible if you try.”

Romeo then expressed his gratitude to his partner Chelsie. “I wanted to do this for you. We can dance after this,” he said. “I’m super happy and so proud of you,” responded Chelsie.

Next week is the semi-finals, airing at 8/7c on ABC.

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TELL US – DID THE VIEWERS GET IT RIGHT WITH THE VOTING? WHO DESERVES TO WIN THE MIRROR BALL TROPHY?

It was a busy night this Monday on Dancing With The Stars as we saw the return of the Instant Dance!

The five remaining stars were under a lot of stress as they had to do two dances last night: Their regular dance routine and an insta-dance, which meant they received the music for their second routine only 30 minutes before their performances.

Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas received the highest scores of the night. In fact, the duo was only one point shy of getting the first perfect score of the season. Chelsea and Mark received a score of 29 for their almost perfect waltz. “You’ve finally found the perfect dance for Chelsea to shine!” said judge Bruno Tonioli.

Improving this week was Kirstie Alley, earning a very impressive score of 28 for her Argentine tango with partner Maksim. “Your body is shrinking, your talent is huge!” raved Bruno. Meanwhile Kirstie experienced yet another mishap but this time during her rehearsals. While rehearsing with Maksim, Kirstie missed a jump and fell off a stage. She blamed her fall for lack of sleep and forgetting to eat. Kirstie admitted to only taking in 1,400 calories a day and also revealed she is now down to a size 4 to 6ish.

Coming in last place this week was Ralph Macchio, who revealed last night that he was battling a bum knee. Ralph revealed he had missed a few days of practice after suffering a ruptured cyst behind his knee. Despite coming in last, the 49-year-old actor didn’t fare too badly, getting a 25 for his Viennese Waltz with partner Karina Smirnoff and a 21 in the insta-dance.

“For someone who’s had limited time to practice, you did a great job,” said Len Goodman. “The thing is, it lacked polish. You only get polish with time.” Despite his injury, Ralph remains in serious danger of going home tonight.

The full scores from last night below -

Chelsea & Mark: 55 (29 & 26)
Hines & Kym: 54 (28 & 26)
Kirstie & Maksim: 53 (28, 25)
Romeo & Chelsie: 52 (27 & 25)
Ralph & Karina: 46 (25 & 21)

TELL US – WHO SHOULD GET THE BOOT TONIGHT?


It was a busy Monday night on Dancing With The Stars as the stars not only had to do their regular dances, but also a group number.  Add in an extra guest judge in the form of undefeated world professional Latin dance champion Donnie Burns, and it was a night of suspense!

Following weeks of being in the middle of the pack, actor Ralph Macchio broke away last night. Ralph found his dancing mojo and tied for first place with a score of 36 for his sharp quickstep with partner Karina Smirnoff. The pair received major praises from the judges. “Once you are in the zone, you sell it like no one else can,” said judge Bruno Tonioli. With a score of 30 for their group number, Ralph and Karina finished the night with a total score of 66.

Also tying for first place with a score of 36 is NFL player Hines Ward, who continues to show he is a front runner in the competition.  With the group number factored in, Hines also scored a total of 66 for the night.

Tying for last place were Kirstie Alley and Romeo, both receiving a total score of 60 for the night.  Kirstie continues to struggle and even had a minor breakdown during one of her rehearsals with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Kirstie 60, broke down in tears when Maksim told her to “stop talking” during a practice. “I need a break!” snapped Kirstie. “You scream and jump around and I’m frustrated.”

The duo however quickly made up and even ended their lively jive dance with a spontaneous kiss.

Below is the leaderboard. In parentheses are the total scores from last night including the group number -

Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 36 (66)
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 36 (66)
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 34 (64)
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel: 31 (61)
Kirstie Alley & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 30 (60)
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 30 (60)

And tonight, another star will be sent packing. So the question is…

TELL US – WHO SHOULD GET THE BOOT 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!

TELL US – WHO SHOULD GET THE BOOT TONIGHT?

It was classical night on Dancing With The Stars Monday as the stars had to groove to classical music courtesy of a 46-piece orchestra.

The dances of the night were the paso doble, waltz or Viennese waltz. And with a few weeks into the show, it seems the top spot continues to be up for grabs as a new star led the leaderboard for the 3rd consecutive week.

In her taped package, Disney starlet Chelsea Kane made it clear she wanted to break away from the rest of the pack and that she did. Chelsea got the highest score of the night, a 26 for her “beautiful” Viennese Waltz with partner Mark Ballas. “It was magical, fabulous, beautiful and bewitching,” said Bruno, “and technically speaking, it was the best dance of the night.”

Coming close to Chelsea’s score were Hines Ward and Ralph Macchio, both earning a score of 25 for their dances. Hines continued to emerge as an early favorite with his explosive paso doble. “You’re really doing great,” said Len. Also earning rave reviews from the judges was Ralph, who also danced the Viennese Waltz.

Kirstie Alley continued to fall to the bottom of the pack despite getting a solid score of 22 for her elegant waltz which earned her a standing ovation. Kirstie, who complained of a hip injury, suffered another mishap for the second week in a row when her shoe came off during a dance move. Kirstie still managed to receive praises from the judges. “You didn’t miss a beat,” said Carrie Ann with Bruno adding she did “amazingly well.”

Kendra Wilkinson continued to disappoint after being declared the favorite to win the show before the premiere. With a score of 18 for her messy Viennese waltz, Kendra is at the bottom of the scoreboard, in serious danger of going home tonight.

The scores from last night below:

Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas: 26
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson: 25
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff: 25
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke: 23
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin: 23
Romeo & Chelsie Hightower: 23
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 22
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunskaya: 21
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis Van Amstel: 18

TELL US – WHO IS GETTING THE BOOT TONIGHT? IS IT KENDRA’S TIME TO GO?

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