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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.

Viewers can vote via phone and text message for their favorites ONLY on the night they perform; online voting ends at 11AM ET/8AM PT the day following the performances.

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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

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.
Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following today, Tuesday, 8 November 2011.

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: Compare Paso Doble

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • “Sweet Dreams” by Beyoncé
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 24
  • Theme from: “Superman”
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “The Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Paso Doble (Week 9)

  • Song: Theme Song to “The Legend of Zorro” by James Horner
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Score: 21 (7,7,7) Week 4 (Movie Week)
  • “Flash’s Theme” from “Flash Gordon”
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer
  • Score: 21
  • “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Paso Doble ( Week 9 )

  • Song: “Can’t Be Tamed” by Miley Cyrus
  • Score: 21

DWTS 13: Compare Tango

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10) Week 4
  • Theme from: “Psycho”
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 25 (9, 8, 8)
  • The Addams Family Theme”—from The Addams Family
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Score: 25 (9,8,8)
  • “Ghostbusters Theme” by Ray Parker Jr.
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8) Week 5
  • “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8) Week 5
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Tango (Week 8)

  • Song: “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by The Ames Brothers
  • Score: 24

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya

  • Score: 23 (8,7,8) Week 3
  • “It’s My Life” by No Doubt
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani
  • Score: 21 (7,7,7) Week 4
  • Theme from: Mission: Impossible
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer
  • Score: 19 (7,6,6)
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” from “The Phantom of the Opera”
Team tango: David Arquette & Kym Johnson, Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus,
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “Disturbia” by Rihanna