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'Dancing With the Stars' results: Kendra, Romeo and Kirstie ponder elimination

With just three weeks to go until the finale, it's still anyone's game on "Dancing With the Stars" -- which means it's just as uncertain as to who will go home next. Kirstie Alley, Romeo and Kendra Wilkinson all ended up on the bottom half of the leader board after the week 7 performance night, putting them at the highest risk. So when Zap2it caught up with each of them on the press line last night, we tried to gauge their confidence going into the results show."Definitely, I'm more than nervous," Romeo told reporters after his somewhat scandalous low score, which was knocked down a point after guest judge Donnie Burns became confused over whether he was handing out a 7 or an 8. "I was traveling a lot this week, I actually missed a full day. It was my toughest week, and I'm really drained, but I came and gave everything I got." Tied... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-results-kendra-romeo-and-kirstie-ponder-elimination.html

Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Who's Going Home? Will Shirley Ballas Join the Show?

Two stars likely facing elimination tonight on 'Dancing With the Stars' are Romeo and Kirstie Alley, who are both tied in last place with 60 points. All the dancers started out with 30 points after performing in group dances. Romeo and his partner Chelsie Hightower then scored 30 points (out of 40) with their Samba while Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned the same for their Jive. It's likely all going to come down to fan bases. The pairs spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line to discuss what they think of their loyal followers. The scene stealer of the night was guest instructor Shirley Ballas, Mark's mother, who takes no prisoners when it comes to being a dance teacher. She shared her thoughts with TV Squad on whether or not she'd join the show as a pro partner. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/03/backstage-interviews-at-dancing-with-the-stars-whos-going-ho/

'Dancing With the Stars': Chelsea Kane becomes a Deadmau5 convert, plots her finale freestyle

Mark Ballas and Chelsea Kane don't just have the most adventurous choreography on this season of "Dancing With the Stars," they're also earning a reputation for unexpected song choices. Already tackling Panic at the Disco, the "Harry Potter" score and Chelsea's ex-boyfriend's band, The Summer Set, the two choreographed their intense Paso Doble to "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" by Canadian house DJ and producer Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). Electronica might not be in the usual repertoire for the "DWTS" house band, but it was an appropriate choice considering the artist now holds a special place with the partners. "I love his music," Ballas told Zap2it after their May 2 performance. "It actually got to the point where it was annoying to her because it's all I would play."Noticing she wasn't an immediate fan of the electronic music, Mark decided to break her down. "He changed my ringtone to Deadmau5," Chelsea says. "He sent me pictures of... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-chelsea-kane-becomes-a-deadmau5-convert-plots-her-finale-freestyle.html

'Dancing With the Stars' Diary: Ralph on the rise -- and Kirstie in jeopardy

Zap2it's weekly "'Dancing with the Stars' Diary" offers fans a backstage pass to everybody's favorite only reality competition that throws celebrities at the mercy of that fickle mistress we call dance.It may take two to Tango, but it takes twelve to Cha-Cha-Cha. The remaining six competitors and their partners had to take on two dances for week 7 of "Dancing With the Stars" -- their regularly scheduled performance and a group number with two other pairs. And since this was the very loosely defined "Ballroom Greats" week, assisting at the awfully crowded judges' table was world-renowned ballroom dancer Donnie Burns. He's in charge of the World Dance Council, the winningest Latin dancer ever and a friend of my beloved "DWTS," so I'll refrain from acknowledging how much he annoyed me. (You see what I did there?)The pool of competitors is down to just the very best, so how did it all play out? Observations, scores... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-diary-ralph-on-the-rise----and-kirstie-in-jeopardy.html

'Dancing With the Stars': Hines Ward is a silent assassin with his tango

In the training montage before his tango on "Dancing With the Stars" Monday (May 2), Hines Ward noted that he's been called a "silent assassin" in his NFL career -- because he doesn't talk much, but he performs when it counts.Well, he pretty much killed his routine Monday night.Ward and Kym Johnson's tango scored a 36, tying him with Ralph Macchio for the night's best. Part of that 36 was a perfect 10 from judge Bruno Tonioli, who called the dance "masterful." The Steelers wide receiver has been at or near the top of the leader board for much of the season. Performances like the one he had Monday are why.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-hines-ward-is-a-silent-assassin-with-his-tango.html

'Dancing With the Stars': Ralph Macchio quick-steps up the leader board

Another member of the "Dancing With the Stars" cast joined the 10 club Monday (May 2).Ralph Macchio, who started the season strong but had faltered some in subsequent weeks, grabbed one of the highest scores Monday night with his quick-step routine with Karina Smirnoff. The judges had nearly universal praise for the dance, particularly for his footwork on the difficult dance.Macchio also earned his first 10 of the season, from guest judge Donnie Young, and his total of 36 (combined with 30 from the group routines earlier in the show) tied him with Hines Ward for the highest score of the night. We're with the judges too -- it was clearly one of the night's best performances. What did you think? Does this mean that Macchio is once again a favorite?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-ralph-macchio-quick-steps-up-the-leader-board.html

'Dancing With the Stars': Kirstie Alley's jive divides the judges

It's not often that you see the "Dancing With the Stars" judges give scores of 6 and 9 to the same dance. But it happened to Kirstie Alley on Monday (May 2).Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's jive to "La Bamba" drew a wide range of reactions from the three usual judges and guest Donnie Young, with Len Goodman calling it "uneventful" and giving it a 6. Bruno Tonioli, meanwhile, said that "as entertainment, it was superb" and awarded the couple an 8. The 9 came from Young; Carrie Ann Inaba gave them a 7.The score of 30 was one of the lower individual scores of the evening, but of course the judges' tally alone doesn't determine Alley's fate. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think: At which end of the scale would you rate the dance?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-kirstie-alleys-jive-divides-the-judges.html

'Dancing With the Stars': Kendra Wilkinson, Louis Van Amstel perform an elegant tango

Kendra Wilkinson has come a long way on "Dancing  With the Stars."The judges once criticized the reality star for not being lady-like, but Wilkinson proved them wrong with her tango on May 2.Wilkinson and professional partner Louis Van Amstel's tango was beautifully elegant and one of her best performances on the show yet.Bruno Tonioli told Kendra, "You've never looked more elegant" and said she was still sexy. Carrie Ann Inaba was "proud" of Kendra and praised her confidence. Guest judge Donnie Burns pointed out the choreography's difficulty and said she handled it fairly well. Len Goodman agreed about the dance's difficulty and said the steps were "clean and clear,"  but he wished the dance was more crisp. Here are the judges' scores:Burns: 8Inaba: 8Goodman: 7Tonioli: 8Combined with an earlier group score, the couple ended the night with a 61 out of 80.What did you think of Kendra and Louis' tango, Zappers?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-kendra-wilkinson-louis-van-amstel-perform-an-elegant-tango.html

'Dancing With the Stars': Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas' intense paso doble

Chelsea Kane said it herself: She's in it to win it.Chelsea and her professional partner Mark Ballas took their intensity up a notch on "Dancing With the Stars" on May 2. They danced an aggressive paso doble while wearing equally intense black outfits. The couple received a standing ovation from the audience, but mixed reviews from the judges.Len Goodman was confused by it, liking some parts and then saying, "What's that?" at other parts. He thought it may have been "too aggressive" and did not have enough refinement. Bruno Tonioli said she danced with "violent intensity" and praised their creativity. Carrie Ann Inaba said, "Out with the old, in with the new!" and loved that they pushed the boundaries wide open. Guest judge Donnie Burns was, like Len, confused, and compared it to Hell's Angels. Here were the judges' scores: Burns: 8Inaba: 9Goodman: 8Tonioli: 9Combined with their group score of 30, Mark and Chelsea ended... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-chelsea-kane-and-mark-ballas-intense-paso-doble.html

'Dancing With the Stars': Which Team Cha Cha was the best?

Welcome to Ballroom Thunderdome!It was time for the Team Cha Cha competition on "Dancing With the Stars" where the contestants break off into two teams and compete against each other. The two highest-scoring couples from last week got to choose their team -- high school dodgeball style. Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas chose Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff and Romeo and Chelsie Hightower. Macchio worried at first that he wouldn't be able to keep up with the younger Disney star and rapper, while Kane didn't want to lose to a group of parents. Romeo was a little bummed about being chosen last, but got over it.The three couples danced the Cha Cha to Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in  sparkling black outfits and scored pretty good remarks from the judges. Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli gave them a 7, while Carrie Ann Inaba and guest judge Donnie Burns scored the three couples with an 8.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/dancing-with-the-stars-which-team-cha-cha-was-the-best.html