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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


TEXT: 3402

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough


TEXT: 3411

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: 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

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DWTS 13, Week 8: Nancy Grace leaves the dance floor

After posting the lowest score Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars,” TV host and former prosecutor Nancy Grace was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars.” Grace, who danced with new DWTS cast member Tristan MacManus, and lost weight doing it.

Grace was the oldest contestant at 52 during season 13. Donny Osmond with professional dancer Kym Johnson won season 9 of DWTS when he was 51. Jennifer Grey with professional dancer Derek Hough was 50 when she won season 11 of DWTS. Earlier this year, Kirstie Alley at 60 was the oldest contestant to make the finals last season.

This season, Kym Johnson and her partner David Arquette, won’t be making the semi-finals, but Derek Hough will. Johnson and her celebrity partner Hines Ward won season 12 (last season).

Of the three new professional dancers, MacManus was the one who lasted the longest. Petra Murgatroyd and her celebrity partner LA Laker Ron Artest (Mega World Peace) were the first couple eliminated. Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Valentin and his celebrity partner model and actress Elisabetta Canalis were the second couple eliminated. MacManus’ Irish accent made his pronunciation of third sound like turd to American ears.

  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Grace and MacManus, were never the best dancer for any of the dances unlike the previously eliminated David Arquette (who with his partner Kym Johnson tied with Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the cha cha cha with 24) or Chynna Phillips (who with Tony Dovolani had tied with J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff in the Viennese waltz with 22).  Grace and MacManus did have the lowest score for the waltz (21), the foxtrot (tied with Solo, Ricki Lake, Robert Kardashian with 26) and in the team dance (with David Arquette and J.R. Martinez with 26).
Grace and MacManus received their best scores for the foxtrot and tango (24) and their worst score was for the cha cha cha (16).
Week 1
Cha cha cha
Score: 16 (5,5,6)
“Cry Baby”—Cee Lo Green
Week 2
Score: 21 (6,8,7)
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”—Duke Ellington
Week 3
Score: 21 (7,7,7)
“Moon River”—Andy Williams
Week 4
Paso Doble
Score: 24 (8,8,8)
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”—Randy Newman
Week 5
Score: 22 (7,7,8)
“True”—Spandau Ballet
Week 6
Score: 24 (9,7,8)
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”—Monty Python
Week 7
Score: 21 (7,7,7)
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”—Charlie Daniels Band
Week 8
Score: 24 (8,8,8)
“The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane”—The Ames Brothers
 Jive (Instant Dance)
Score: 20 (7,6,7)
“Upside Down”—Paloma Faith

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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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 6: JR and Ricki on top; Chaz at bottom

Tonight on “Dancing with the Stars,” it was Broadway week and Carson Kressley was sorely missed. We’re glad they brought Kressley back as a “creative director.”

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Again, J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff were on top, but they were joined by Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough.

Both teams performed the quickstep and received two tens–both from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Head judge Len Goodman didn’t think these teams were perfection.

The real surprise of the night was who finished in third place: Nancy Grace and her partner Tristan MacManus. Nancy received her first nine. Not bad for the oldest competitor this season.

Chaz Bono and his partner Lacey Schwimmer returned to the bottom with a 19 for their tango performed to “The Phantom of the Opera.” Still, it is likely that Bono will survive tomorrow night’s elimination.

Probably the couple really in danger is soccer player Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy who were just one point ahead of Bono and Schwimmer with a 20 for their rumba to “Season of Love” from the musical “Rent.”

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  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 29
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 24
  • David Arquette & Kym Johnson : 23
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 22
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 20
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 19
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Walk Like a Man” from “Jersey Boys”
Kardashian and Burke would at this point be the second best team in the cha cha cha.
Here’s the scene from the musical:
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 24 to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 29 (10,9,10) to “Hot Honey Rag” from “Chicago”
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29 (10,9,10) to “Luck Be a Lady” from “Guys and Dolls.”
David Arquette & Kym Johnson : 23 to “We Go Together” from “Grease”
All of these teams scored better than the teams who had performed the quickstep during previous weeks.
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20 (7, 6, 7) to “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 19 (7, 6, 6) to “The Phantom of the Opera” from “The Phantom of the Opera.”
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 29
  • 1-800-868-3410
  • TEXT: 3410

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29

  • 1-800-868-3411
  • TEXT: 3411
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 24
  • 1-800-868-3405
  • TEXT: 3405
David Arquette & Kym Johnson : 23
  • 1-800-868-3406
  • TEXT: 3406

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 22

  • 1-800-868-3402
  • TEXT: 3402
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 20
  • 1-800-868-3408
  • TEXT: 3408

Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 19

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • TEXT: 3412
Of course, I have to leave you with clips from the movies “Sweet Charity” and Cabaret.” Tomorrow I’ll add the celebrity performances to this article.

DWTS 13, Week 5: JR on top; Kardashian and Arquette tie for second

Fire up the flux capacitor and bring back the big shoulders, big hair and bright colors for glam rockers of the 1980s. Yes, it was the 80’s week tonight on “Dancing with the Stars” and although Ricki Lake made it big in that decade, she fell from the top spot. It was J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff who were number one with Robert Kardashian and his partner and Cheryl Burke and David Arquette and Kym Johnson who were tied for second.

Lake made a splash on the silver screen as the lead in the 1988 “Hairspray.” She played a heavy set girl who could dance and changed the attitudes of others. Yet tonight, her foxtrot to Phil Collins’ “Easy Lover” only received 24 points.

J.R. Martinez was the only celebrity to receive a 10 (from Bruno Tonioli) with his samba to “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. His score was 28.

The big surprise of the night were the guys who came in second. Robert Kardashian with Cheryl Burke proved that he can dance with his rumba to “Hello” by Lionel Richie. Kardashian got a nine from Carrie Ann Inaba and eights from the other two judges. David Arquette who had a breakthrough last week in terms of characterization on the stage, turned in a 25 with a 9 from the tough head judge Len Goodman for his tango with Kym Johnson.


  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 28
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 25
  • David Arquette Kym Johnson : 25
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 24
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 24
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 21
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 21
  • Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya : 19

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • 1-800-868-3411
  • TEXT: 3411
  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8)
  • “Easy Lover”by Phil Collins


Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • 1-800-868-3409
  • TEXT: 3409
  • Score: 19 (6, 6, 7)
  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!


Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • 1-800-868-3402
  • TEXT: 3402
  • Score: 25 (9,8,8)
  •  “Hello”by Lionel Richie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • 1-800-868-3405
  • TEXT: 3405
  • Score 22 (7, 7, 8)
  • “True” by Spandau Ballet


J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • 1-800-868-3410
  • TEXT: 3410
  • Score: 28 (9, 9, 10)
  • “Conga” by Gloria Estefan

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • TEXT: 3412
  • Score: 21, (7, 7, 7)
  • “Get Down on It” by Kool & the Gang

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • 1-800-868-3406
  • TEXT: 3406
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • 1-800-868-3408
  • TEXT: 3408
  • Score: 24  (8,8,8)
  • “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

During the live shows, the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges’ scores alone do not decide a couple’s fate.

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) and online voting will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone and text lines will stay open until 30 minutes after the end of the show in your local time zone. Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following day.

In the Dancing with the Stars Results Show, the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition. The scoring is divided evenly between the judges and the viewers at home, ensuring unpredictable outcomes at the end of every show. When the final two couples remain, the ultimate dance-off will determine who wins the trophy.

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DWTS 13, Week 2 Results: First George Clooney…

Elisabetta Canalis is having a bad year. First she broke up with George Clooney this summer and now she’s the second celebrity to exit “Dancing with the Stars” with her partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

Canalis was stiff as a board last week for a score of 15 for the cha cha cha. She did better this week, performing the quickstep to “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and earning a score of 21.

Canalis without Clooney didn’t have the fan base. This team wasn’t the lowest scoring. They were in the middle of the pack, tied with Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke (jive), last week’s co-leader Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani (jive) and TV commentator Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus (quickstep).

Below this four-way tie were Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with 19 for the jive, David Arquette and Kym Johnson (jive) who were tied with Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya (quickstep) at 18 points and at the very bottom was Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer (jive) with 17.

Bono should have gone–not just because of his low score, but also because his knees are already suffering.

At 42, Bono isn’t the oldest contestant. This week’s leader actress Ricki Lake is a year older at 43 and has lost 12 inches already. As boyish as he may look Arquette is 40. Kressley is a slender 41.  Political commentator Nancy Grace is the oldest celebrity this season at 51. Yet of these over 40 celebrities, Bono, who has better rhythm than Kressley, is the one who seems the most out of shape for this type of competition.  Knees are tricky and very important to dancing. His popularity might work against him and it would be unfortunate if Bono injured himself.