DWTS 15: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Kirstie Alley is back and this Emmy Award-winning actress has the fans and fun factor. We like her chemistry with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Age: 61

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Season: 12

  • Winners: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
  • Second: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Third: Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas

Best dance:

  • Cha cha cha (30)
  • Paso doble (27)

Worst dance:

  • Waltz (22)
  • Rumba (21)
  • Jive (21)
  • Quickstep (20)

The first time Alley and Chmerkovskiy danced the cha cha cha it was the first week to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. They earned a 23 (8, 7, 8). It was the second highest score of the night. Week 2 was when they received their lowest score, 20 (7, 6, 7) for the quickstep to “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall.

Week 2 wasn’t much better with a 21 (7, 7, 7) for the rumba to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, but the pair also had a fall. Chmerkovskiy was apologetic. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba perhaps made an overstatement by saying, “Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment.” It wasn’t exactly a tragedy because no one was hurt, but Inaba also noted that after that mishap  “something magical happened.”

Week 3 was the waltz for a 22 (7, 7, 8) to “The Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes and only judge Bruno Tonioli on their side. Alley had a slight problem with her shoe during the performance, but ever the trooper, she was able to get it back on.

The team improved the next week (America Week) with a foxtrot to “American Woman” by the Guess Who for a 23 (8, 7, 8). Did a visit from the Dance Doctor (John Travolta) help?Head judge Len Goodman will couldn’t get behind the team.

Yet during Guilty Pleasure Week, Alley and Chmerkovskiy scored a 26 (8, 9, 9) with a nine from Goodman and Tonioli for their samba to Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.” The next week featured four judges (Donnie Burns was the guest judge) and the team performed the jive for 30/40 points (9, 7, 6, 8) to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens. Consider that only Tonioli gave them a good score. Goodman gave the team a 6. So a revised score would make this a 21.

Week 8 saw the team do much better; they received their first perfect score from Tonioli for their Argentine tango with a total of 28 (9, 9, 10) to Astor Piazzolla’s “Cite Tango.” Their instant dance (salsa) also received a respectable score of 25 (8, 9, 8) with Goodman giving them their highest score (“Cobrastyle” by Teddybears ft. Mad Cobra).

In the semi-finals they beat Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff who scored 25 and 23 (Argentine tango and salsa respectively). For their Viennese waltz to Adele’s “One and Only,” they received a 27 (9, 9, 9) and for the paso doble to Cream’s “White Room” they earned the same score.

During the finale, they would have the lowest score from the judges: 27 (9, 9, 9) for both the samba (“Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes) and freestyle (“Perfect” by Pink). The last night, they revisited their cha cha cha routine.

We like the chemistry between Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; she brought out the tender side of the bad boy of the ballroom. According to USA Today, Chermkovskiy will be quitting the show after this contract is up at the end of next year. It makes sense for him to pursue whatever he can with his current fame.

This time around, Alley will not have the energy problems she suffered from before when she seemed almost near collapse because of her dieting. She still has to contend with celebrities who are much younger and can do more daring moves. Who can compete with an Olympic caliber gymnast? So style and technique are going to be particularly important for this team. Their first dance will be the foxtrot.

One couple will be eliminated on Tuesday night on “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show.” Justin Bieber and Pitbull will perform on the show.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres tonight, Monday, September 24, on ABC at  8 p.m.  and the “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show” premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m.  on ABC.

Week 1 

Foxtrot to “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele

19 (6.5, 6, 6.5)

About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 24, 2012, in Dancing with the Stars: Season 15, Kirstie Alley and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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