Dancing With The Stars 2011: Kirstie Alley versus Chris Jericho
It was a night of ups and downs, literally, on DWTS. The stars got to pick songs that were guilty pleasures of theirs and it seems like the fun choice of music helped some of them relax and have a little more fun with the whole thing. As you would expect some dancers did better than others. Nobody was truly horrible, but there were some left at the bottom of the scoreboard (Chris Jericho, Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio). Here are this week’s Dancing With The Stars losers.
Chris Jericho took a huge tumble in the standings. Last week he was tied for second and the DWTS judges told him he was a contender. Going into rehearsals Chris wanted to keep that momentum alive, but it seemed like the burden of being a contender wore on he and partner Cheryl Burke. The two struggled to get the routine together and just couldn’t get much fire into their Tango set to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” His score of 22 puts him in last place this week and even he agreed it wasn’t his best week.
Kirstie Alley danced the Samba to Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and it was kind of like watching it in slow motion. I have nothing against Kirstie. What I am annoyed with is everyone on the show is indulging her. She says she wants her partner Maksim to choreograph for her like she was 25 and she wants to be held to that standard. That is commendable, but impossible. When you see her dance then you watch Chelsea it is like watching a time warp. Kirstie does everything slower and safer and clearly Maks is trying his best, but there are obviously limits to what she can do. The judges also indulge her by heaping praise on her. Sure, at times she is fine and does well and yes she has had a comedy of errors so far this season, but let’s not kid ourselves, she is nowhere near as good as any of the top three DWTS dancers. Her score of 26 has her right in the middle, but I think the both Kendra and Ralph who scored lower than her did a lot better than her.
You might also add Ralph Macchio here, but I am hesitant to do so. His partner Karina Smirnoff took a fall during their dance and that killed their score. He ended up with a 24, but his dance was fire and energy and very well done. Had there not been that fall they would have been much higher up the scoreboard.
You could argue that any of those mentioned here (Chris Jericho, Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio) could go home tonight. It is starting to look like there is a pretty obvious divide between those in the top and those closer to the bottom. If you happen to be closer to that bottom any week could be your last. Tune in to the 2-hour Dancing with the Stars elimination special tonight starting at 8PM on ABC to find out who gets sent home this week.
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