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DWTS 13: It’s a Cinderfella story for Rob and JR

BURBANK, Los Angeles County, CA–Hometown advantage didn’t work for Ricki Lake and Derek  Hough had won every time he had made the finals until tonight.

Lake seemed like a sure thing. First she was partnered with Derek Hough and some people were voting for him as well as her. Lake and Hough turned in the highest overall average of (26.6). When they made the finals, how could they miss? Hough had also made the finals with Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jennifer Grey and went on to win the mirrorball.

Yet early on the results show, the bad news came: Lake and Hough were the third place couple.

That meant war vet and soap actor JR Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff would be shaking their hips against reality TV celebrity Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke in the instant samba dance off.

Martinez, we know, is cool under fire, but not so Smirnoff who seemed to lose her composure during the dress rehearsals from the package shown on Monday night.  Martinez was also recovering from a bad sprained ankle from last week. Monday night, his cha cha cha performance got mixed reviews. Still soap opera fans are a loyal bunch and he also likely had the support of some military men as well.

His opponent Kardashian is Los Angeles-born and raised, graduating from USC. He had hometown advantage, but then her also had a handicap. It wasn’t his dancing, it was his sister’s decision to divorce. There was a national backlash against his sister. Would that result in fewer votes for the Rob Kardashian who was peaking at the right time?

Tuesday night, each finalist performed their favorite routine. Kardashian and Burke received a 26 for his foxtrot to “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Martinez and Smirnoff received a 28 for his jive to “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Then the two couples faced off on the samba and both earned perfect scores to “Shake Your Bon-Bon” by Ricky Martin.

This is how the two pairs stood point-wise.

JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 112

  • Cha Cha Cha = 24 (Monday night)
  • Freestyle = 30 (Monday night)
  • Jive = 28
  • Samba = 30

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 113

  • Waltz = 27 (Monday night)
  • Freestyle = 30 (Monday night)
  • Foxtrot = 26
  • Samba = 30

Kardashian and Burke were one point ahead with the judges, but had a 25.1 average over the season. Martinez and Smirnoff had a 26.4.

Of course, to fill the time up and to increase the suspense, there were performances by the eliminated celebrity contestants. Didn’t you miss Carson Kressley?

A re-do is not Mission: Impossible for Chynna Phillips.

Yet at the end of the night,  JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff won the mirrorball, giving Smirnoff’s her first win. Tonight was truly a Cinderfella story for two men: JR Martinez and Rob Kardashian. For them to finish one and two is sort of a fairy tale ending, isn’t it?

DWTS 13 FINALS: Rob Kardashian leads

Tonight, Rob Kardashian received his first perfect score for his freestyle performance. J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff also received a 30 for their freestyle, but it was Kardashian and his professional partner’s 27 for their waltz that gave them the lead with a score of 57.

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  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 27+30=57
  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 24+30=54
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 27+27=54

While Martinez and Smirnoff got full points for their freestyle routine, their cha cha cha got mixed reviews. Head judge Len Goodman gave them his lowest score of the night with a 7. Carrie Ann Inaba liked them slightly better with an 8. Bruno Tonioli gave the pair a nine.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough were good enough to get nines from all the judges for their cha cha cha and also for their freestyle.

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Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke


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Ricki Lake & Derek Hough


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J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff


TEXT: 3410

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DWTS 13, Week 9 results: So long Solo

As expected the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Goalkeeper, Hope Solo was the person who left the ballroom. Solo had the lowest score Monday night and also had a sour grape comment.

In reality, Hope Solo had never realized a good dance frame and never seemed comfortable in heels. Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a verbal altercation with judge Len Goodman earlier in the season as well. Solo and Chmerkovskiy had 49 points for their three dances on Monday night, compared to Ricki Lake and Derek Hough’s 67.

Solo and Chmerkovskiy were the best score (with David Arquette and Kym Johnson) for the cha cha cha with 24. The same score tied them with Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus, Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke and Ricki Lake and Derek Hough for the low score in the foxtrot. Solo and Chmerkovskiy were also the low score for the paso doble, tied with Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer and Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus with 21. Solo and Chmerkovskiy were the low score for the Argentine tango (24) and for the cha cha cha relay (4).

That means the three couples in the finals are:

  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 67
  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 56
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 65
Week 1: Viennese waltz
21 (7,7,7)
Week 2: Jive
19 (6,7,6)
Week 3: Cha cha cha
24 (8,8,8)
Week 4: Foxtrot
24 (8,8,8)
Week 5: Tango
24 (8,8,8)
Week 6: Rumba
20 (7,6,7)
Week 7: Samba
24 (8,8,8)
Week 8: Quickstep
27 (9,9,9)
Week 8: Instant Jive
25 (8,9,8)
Week 9: Paso doble
21 (7,7,7)
Week 9: Argentine tango
24 (8,8,8)
Week 9: cha cha cha relay
Score: 4

DWTS 13, Week 9 (semifinals): So long to Hope Solo?

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars,” there were some surprises and some heroics. At the end of the evening, Ricki Lake and Derek Hough were the top scoring team after three dances with 67 points. In second was Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke with 65 points.

With the final four, we only two locals: Los Angeles-born reality TV personality Rob Kardashian who attended USC and current Los Angeles resident Ricki Lake.

Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson in New York, but after her divorce, she had moved to Los Angeles. In September of 2010, her rented Malibu home burned down although she escaped without injury. In a way, Lake is exactly like the character who made her famous, Tracy Turnblad, a heavyset girl who could dance. She’s about 30 pounds lighter now and can she dance!

Lake and Hough scored a perfect 30 for their saucy samba. Kardashian and Burke got a 10 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba who must have been impressed by the butt shaking. Their samba performance tied them with J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff who also scored a 28.

This week in the Argentine tango, they tied for second with J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. However, Kardashian’s routine had more actual dance content. Also DWTS allows lifts in the Argentine tango, at the local Emerald Ball competition, no lifts are allowed in that dance.

Martinez and Smirnoff had little footwork and it was mostly stunts (lifts, dips and other tricks). The judges noted that for a non-dancer to perform such lifts was a real accomplishment, but that isn’t really what Argentine tango is about.

Los Angeles professional Argentine tango dancers Sandor and Parissa performed (along with DWTS pros Tony Dovolani, Kym Johnson, Kiki Nyemcheck, Sasha Faber, Oksana Dmytrenko, Anna Trebunskaya), but it was essentially stunt after stunt and didn’t give the audience any idea of the more nuanced aspects of the dance. Kardashian’s routine had more actual dance content than Martinez’s.

Hope Solo might have had difficulty with the higher Latin heel if she was using them, but her Argentine tango routine was also a series of tricks and without smooth transitions. Yet doing lifts and tricks with shoulder pain isn’t easy.

Kardashian and Burke were the top team in the cha cha cha relay and were also the last couple to perform.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the lowest scoring team of the night. Solo’s frame isn’t good–her shoulders are always forward and she still seems uncomfortable in heels. Both J.R. Martinez and Solo have problems with flexed feet but Solo’s is one that is more obvious.

Yet one must give credit to both Solo and Martinez. Martinez twisted his ankle badly on Saturday and yet soldiered through three routines without whining. Imagine Chaz Bono doing that. Solo has an old shoulder injury which she feels every time she’s holding a dance frame and had to take some pain management shots.

  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 30+29+8=67
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 28+27=10=65
  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 23+27+6=56
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 21+24+4=49
Hope Solo should go tonight. We love her energy, her determination and her smile, but she’s had problems dancing in heels and keeping a dance frame.
We hope J.R. Martinez will be able to continue and that his ankle will improve. If he won, it would be a DWTS Cinderfella story.  Yet ankle injuries to soft tissue heal slowly and while, unlike the women, he doesn’t have to wear heels, he does have to be stable enough to do lifts, pivot and lead. He seemed to be compensating by losing his frame and sticking his bum out. JR Martinez will be the Grand Marshall for the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena for 2012.

Ricki Lake as a winner would also be a triumph for a woman of a certain age and a heavier frame. And we love that fellow USC graduate Kardashian is showing how much confidence dancing can bring.

We hope the two locals, Lake and Kardashian, make it to the finals along with J.R. Martinez.

DWTS 13: Compare Argentine tango

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Argentine Tango

  • Song: ?
  • Score: 29 (9,10,10)

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Argentine Tango (Week 9 )

  • Song: “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
  • Score: 27
Mostly dips and lifts.
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – Argentine Tango

  • Song: “Libertango” by Bond
  • Score: 27

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Argentine Tango

  • Song: “Whatever Lola Wants” by Sarah Vaughan
  • Score: 24

DWTS pros and Sandor and Parissa:

DWTS 13: Compare Instant Jive

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard
  • Score: 30

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “The Best Damn Thing” by Avril Lavigne
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Land Of A Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett
  • Score: 24

Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
  • Score: 24

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Upside Down” by Paloma Faith
  • Score: 20 (7,6,7)

DWTS 13: Compare waltz

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Waltz (Week 8)

  • Song: “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach
  • Score: 30

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Waltz (Week 8)

  • Song: “You Make Me Feel” by Aretha Franklin
  • Score: 28 (9,9,10)

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Waltz  (Week 3)

  • Song: “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  • Score: 21

DWTS 13, Week 8: JR is a perfect 60

BURBANK, Los Angeles County, CA–Last night, was perfect for J.R. Martinez as he topped the leader board with perfect 30s for both his dances. That means, Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff had the first and second perfect scores of DWTS season 13.

The big breakthrough last night was Hope Solo. She finally was able to dance with heels and she received three nines for her quickstep. Solo, more than Lake, has the stamina. Solo and her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy ended the night tied for second with Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough.

Solo and Chmerkovskiy scored one point better on their instant dance.

The instant dance favors the female celebrities. If they’ve finally learned how to follow, then their professional partner will lead. All the professional dancers have experience with instant dances because most competitions require heats where the music played isn’t chosen beforehand.

For that reason, Smirnoff’s strategy and Martinez’s accomplishment (receiving a perfect score) are particularly noteworthy. Yet we also want to give Robert Kardashian credit for his efforts to lead. It’s not an easy experience for a total novice dancer like Kardashian and Burke has did a good job preparing him for it.

Nancy Grace seems a bit lost. Sure she’s older than the other competitors, but she doesn’t take the stage or emote. There’s a lot of stiffness between moves and she doesn’t take advantage of the still moments. We think it’s time for Grace to go although we do love her partner Tristan MacManus and we’ve finally managed to get used to his lovely accent.

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Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following today, Tuesday, 8 November 2011. .
Leader Board
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 30+30=60
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 28+24=52
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 27+25=52
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 27+24=51
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :  24+20=44

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
  • Waltz
  • “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach
  • Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)
Carrie Ann Inaba said that it went beyond his natural grace; Martinez and Smirnoff created "magic."

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Waltz
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
  • Score: 28 (9,9,10)

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Quickstep
  • Score: 27 (9,9,9)
  • “Valerie” by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Quickstep
  • Score: 27 (9,9,9)
  • “Take On Me” by A-ha

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Tango
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by The Ames Brothers
The Instant Dance
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Jive
  • Score: 30
  • “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard

Tonioli said Martinez's timing was impeccable and Inaba said no one was close to them.
Goodman said he had the X-factor AND the feel-good factor.
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Jive
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Land of a Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Jive
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “The Best Damn Thing” by Avril Lavigne
Solo has a killer smile! She finally seems to have the hang of walking and dancing in heels.
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Jive
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :
  • Jive
  • Score: 20 (7,6,7)
  • “Upside Down” by Paloma Faith
What is it with cartwheels this season? If you’re going to do a cartwheel, do it well.
Inaba felt Grace got lost in the dance.
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DWTS 13: Compare samba

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
  • “Jump in the Line” – Harry Belafonte
  • 30 (10,10,10)
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff 
  • Score: 28 (9,9,10)
  •  “Conga” by Gloria Estefan
Robert Kardashian & Karina Smirnoff
  • “I Go to Rio” – Pablo Cruise
  • Score: 28 (10,9,9)
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy :
  • Score: 24
  • “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer
  • 21 (7,7,7)
  •  “Get Down on It” by Kool & the Gang

DWTS 13, Week 7 Results: David Arquette quits the dance floor

David Arquette & Kym Johnson are gone. Arquette and Johnson are tied for the best cha cha cha of the season with 24 points. However, they are also the worst score for the jive with 18 points; Ricki Lake and Derek Hough are the highest scoring team with 23.

By average, Arquette and Johnson have a 22.3 average which is is above Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus with 21.1.  Grace and MacManus were actually the lowest scoring team of the week with 44. Arquette and Johnson had 47 points.

Week 1: Viennese waltz

  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)
  • “Somebody to Love” by Queen
Week 2: Jive
  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6)
  • “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars
Week 3: Rumba (Memorable Year Week)
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps
Week 4:  Paso doble (Movie Week)
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “The Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
Week 5: Tango
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
Week 6: Quickstep (Broadway week)
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “We Go Together” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John from “Grease”
Week 7: Cha cha cha (Halloween Week)
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band