DWTS 15: Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff

Apolo Anton Ohno has been to the Olympics and back since he won on “Dancing with the Stars” during season 4. One of his main competitors is back, Joey Fatone and Fatone’s advantage is he has the same partner. Ohno is now paired with Karina Smirnoff.

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Season: 4

  • Winners: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough
  • Second: Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson
  • Third: Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Best dance:

  • Samba (30)
  • Paso doble (30)
  • Quickstep (30)
  • Freestyle (30)

Worst dance:

  • Cha cha cha (21)

Ohno and Hough were off to a rough start with they posted a 21–they weren’t the worst team (that was Billy Ray Cyrus and Smirnoff).  Ali and Chmerkovskiy received a 23 for second on the leaderboard, but things would quickly change the next week when Ali and Chmerkovskiy posted a 27 and Fatone and Johnson received another 24.  This was another one of those seasons when week 1 and 2 scores were combined leaving Ali and Chmerkovskiy in first place on the leader board. Fatone and Johnson would be two points behind with 48, but one point behind them was Ohno and Hough. Weeks 3 and 4, Fatone and Johnson had the top score although week 3 was a four-way tie (with Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke, the Heather Mills and Jonathan Roberts and Leeza Gibbons and Tony Dovolani).

Week 5 Ohno and Hough would post the high score (30) and Week 6, Ohno and Hough would tie for first (28) with Ali and Chmerkovskiy.  It was a tight race at the end with Fatone and Johnson and Ali and Chmerkovskiy in a tie for first (both receiving one perfect score) during week 7 when the contestants performed two dances. Ohno and Hough had the high score for week 8, but the team Fatone/Johnson and Ali/Chmerkovskiy would be tied with perfect scores of 60/60. Ohno and Hough were only one point behind. During week 10, Ohno and Hough received 88 points for 3 dances and were two points ahead of Fatone and Johnson.

Ohno is competing as an all-star, but without his partner, Julianne Hough. Instead Ohno is paired with Karina Smirnoff. Smirnoff has in the past lost focus, (remember Ralph Maccho) and has only one once, during season 13 with army vet and soap opera star J.R. Martinez.

Smirnoff did get to second place during her first outing on DWTS with Mario Lopez during season 3. She finished 4th with Macchio during season 12. She’s finished fifth three times: season 4 with the earnest but awkward Billy Ray Cyrus, season 6 with the surprising Mario and during season 9 with the earnest but unpopular Aaron Carter. She had the dubious honor of dancing with Steve Wozniak during season 8 for a tenth place finish.

Fatone and Johnson will be able to work on what they already know about each other and we’ll have to see if the Ohno/Smirnoff pairing has the right stuff for first place.


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 25, 2012, in Apolo Anton Ohno, Dancing with the Stars: Season 15 and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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