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Ralph Macchio going home

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This was not the ending of “The Karate Kid” where Ralph Macchio’s character wins it all and Mr. Miyagi nods approvingly.

Instead, the classy actor failed to make  the finals of “Dancing With the Stars.” The voters couldn’t overcome the wide margin between his judges’ scores Monday night and those of third-place Kirstie Alley.

“The fans have driven us through every week,” Macchio said. “It inspired me. I’d run here every Monday to present what we worked on. My gratitude is overwhelmed.”

The 49-year-old over the weeks looked ageless and danced with determination and grit, even when injured. Unfortunately, he tended to appear a bit jangly, his arms and legs not quite the right ratio to his body for consistently fluid dancing. But he was always fun, seldom complained and came off sweet and likable.

Even without Macchio, the  final three should be intriguing.

There’s youth: Disney actress Chelsea Kane has been a natural and has a great partner in Mark Ballas. The judges were often tough on her and would sometimes find Ballas’ risky choreography a bit much, especially traditionalist Len Goodman.

There’s athleticism: Hines Ward, the University of Georgia grad and Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver. He has shown elegance and a cheerful persona on the dance floor. Sometimes, he was stiff, too, since his football build didn’t always translate on the dance floor.

But last Friday, when his partner Kym Johnson got hurt in the neck, he also showed his compassionate side for her. While she was worried about lost practice time, he worried about her. On Monday, he and she performed an incredible tango, one that earned them this season’s first perfect score. The tears were real. And that sealed their spot in the top 3.

Then there’s the roller coaster ride that is Kirstie Alley. She is a surprisingly good dancer but her endurance was an issue, especially in the early weeks. She’d start strong, then run out of steam. She had a couple of glitches – her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy buckled under her weight one week. Then her shoe got loose the next, causing her to take a break mid-dance. She placed a lot of pressure on herself to lose weight and got too weak at one point. Maks forced her to eat and sleep enough and she came on strong this week.

Given her popularity with the DWTS crowd, the 60-year-old actress could pull off an upset against two much younger competitors. If she did, she’d be by far the oldest winner to date.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

31 comments Add your comment

TVboy

May 17th, 2011
10:47 pm

i hope kirstie wins! she’s been the fan favorite and is clearly the biggest star on the show

mmmmmm

May 17th, 2011
10:54 pm

Go Kirstie Go Kirstie!!!

ZethByrd in LA

May 17th, 2011
11:32 pm

All of the last 5 contestants (including Romeo) have been great to watch. Too bad we have an “elimination” style show, instead of a demonstration of how they can dance and improve. I’m being inspired to learn to dance! Kirstie is only a little older than I am and is an inspiration, Chelsea is hard working and fun to watch, Romeo is a gentleman, as is Ralph, and Hines is a gentleman and an athlete. Great show this year!

Toni

May 17th, 2011
11:55 pm

I applaud kirstie, she is an inspiration for all of us women her age. She has truly come a long way, that’s what the show is all about. I really enjoyed this season will be sad to see it end.

jesse

May 18th, 2011
12:04 am

kirstie sucks ralph is much better

Suze

May 18th, 2011
12:10 am

If Kirstie wins it will prove once again that DWTS is no more than a popularity contest. She is not the best of the 3, but she does have a larger fan base. Hines and Chelsea are both great; I’m hard-pressed to pick one of them, but def not Kirstie.

GIVE ME A BREAK

May 18th, 2011
12:59 am

Kirstie really is the BIGGEST dancer on the show.

Kris

May 18th, 2011
1:46 am

I Love Kirstie but this is a competition and she is NOT the best dancer. Really her popularity as an actress has carried her along. Sometimes the judges do not get it right.

Mitzymy

May 18th, 2011
3:42 am

Kirstie should have gone a long time ago. It reminds me of the Palin girl. They really have no business on this show, but it pays $100,000.00 win or lose. I thought she would have lost at least 50 pounds by now, but it looks like she is gaining. I have no sympathy for someone who allows themselves to put this much weight on their bodies without it being hereditary.

Mo Schreibman

May 18th, 2011
5:42 am

This Ralph I did not like when he was on that Happy Days television program with that pinko boy of Andy Griffin and I do not like him any better here in the future. Why they did not ask that Putzi to be a contestant instead I do not know but do not get me started please because I have to get my blood pressure checked tomorrow Friday at the latest.

Gene Kelly

May 18th, 2011
7:19 am

“My gratitude is overwhelmed”?

He should stick to a script , ad libbing is obviously not his strong suit.

Disgusted

May 18th, 2011
7:40 am

Kirstie Shamu the Whale Alley – the no talent FAT LADY of the Circus – has had her 15 minutes in the spotlight and should have been gone much earlier…..ABC has proved with her and Bristol Palin that this show is an absolute SHAM and should be removed from the programming schedule. I feel sorry that Max has been burdened with such poor partners…..I hope he doesn’t try to do something stupid and hurt himself by lifting that 2 ton weight in the finals.

vickie

May 18th, 2011
7:55 am

Chelsea should have been gone the first week I don’t like anything about her.
Kirstie you go girl.

STeveW

May 18th, 2011
8:10 am

Is this a dancing competition or a weight loss competition? There is one clear top dancer all season. Watch the pros dance then compare…Chelsea is the only on who has the precision and crispness that you see the pros do. It is like they give the other dancers a break and say, “You did very well for all your natural handicaps (weight, age, slowness etc.).”

carlaroqs

May 18th, 2011
8:13 am

Mr G

May 18th, 2011
8:15 am

Great run Ralph, he certainly is a stand up guy; but I am all for Hines. Great dancer, great smile and certainly nice on the eyes. I have been impress with Kirstie, and she continues to rock.

BrendaH

May 18th, 2011
8:18 am

Of course it’s a popularity contest! Why do you think they ask you to vote? They don’t tell you how much weight the judges’ scores have, but they clearly have influence.

That Disney girl is obviously the best in talent and looks but remember Kirstie is (was) overweight and 60 years old. She had 2 strikes against her going in. Kirstie will always have the “sympathty underdog vote” Yeah!

Hines is good but I enjoyed watching Romeo better. If Ralph hadn’t become injured he would have done better but this is entertainment and the show has a limited time run. All in all this is the second best reality show on this season (my opinion only) the Apprentice is the best.

Brenda J.

May 18th, 2011
8:20 am

Wow! Some of you bloggers are so critical and mean spirited until it stinks. No, Kirstie is definitely not the best dancer, but she can dance, and I think that she comes out every week and gives it her all. To compete on this show is not easy and requires a lot of discipline and hard work, so I hope that Kirstie leaves knowing that if she could do this she certainly has what it takes to continue to lose weight. Regardless to Kirstie’s size, she can probably dance circles around some of you that are calling her fat. Kirstie – keep up the good work!

Disgusted

May 18th, 2011
8:22 am

Fat women who need a reason to feel good about themselves must be the ones voting for Kirstie to keep her in…….let’s hope she doesn’t self combust with all that lard…..she sure can’t dance!!!!!

elroy

May 18th, 2011
8:39 am

the voting for kirstie alley has been absurd. her partner is carring her. chelsea’s partner seems to be in love w/ her. he is over the op & gives too many facial expressions hen he dances. Ralph & karina were a good combo but karina craves tv attention which probably doesn’t help for votes. hines & kym are the best dace team. I hate bruno. he is a loud mouth, obnoxious fruit. started muting when he speaks.

dancer for money

May 18th, 2011
8:49 am

Well, once the show decided to rig it to keep the little Disney girl around, I was done.

Kirstie isnt good.

May 18th, 2011
8:51 am

The fat ice cream eating lady crowd is united for Alley, who never misses an opportunity to say a fat person cliche like “we are beautiful being who we are.. etc”

Disgusted

May 18th, 2011
8:53 am

If beautiful is the size of a billboard….i guess you are right…..not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bucket

May 18th, 2011
9:13 am

I thought the judges were way too harsh toward Ralph this week and too weighted toward Kirstie. I think the judges were afraid that what happened last year with Bristol Palin making it to the finals rather than Brandy would happen again with Kirstie and Ralph. So they tanked one of them (Ralph) to protect the two best dancers. I just think that was cruel toward Ralph because he was no Bristol Palin! But either way the two best couples are still in the running with Hines and Chelsea, so we should get a legit champion as long as Kirstie doesn’t win.

DancingFan

May 18th, 2011
9:26 am

I know that Kirstie has a big fan base, but I hope that the winner is actually the best dancer – which is Chelsea. Hines is good, but not as good as Chelsea.

Kirstie isnt good.

May 18th, 2011
9:56 am

Yes, Kirstie has a “big” fan base..

M

May 18th, 2011
10:15 am

Chelsea is definitely the best dancer but Hines has a HUGE fan base. People in Pittsburgh (and around the country) are insane about their Steelers. If the numbers of the call in votes were ever published, you can bet that Hines has double if not more than any other dancer. I bet they even threw in that Cha-Cha bonus points and gave them to Chelsea, just so SHE wasn’t voted off before the finals. Besides, both Hines and Kirstie’s stories were better than Chelsea’s.

sr cirtizen dawg

May 18th, 2011
10:15 am

Go Hines !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U da man !!!!!!!!!!!!

Tired of the Fat Lady

May 18th, 2011
11:09 am

Wish Kirstie would sing….then we could say that it is over The Fat Lady has sung………she sure as crap can’t dance…..Max…don’t try to lift that two ton weight…..

Ron

May 18th, 2011
2:15 pm

Hines is not the best by any means he is staying because of the fan base and the judges siding with him theres no way in the world he deserved 2 perfect scores monday. Ralph and Kirstie both are better then Hines. I think Kirstie is great Been a fan of hers for over 20 years. She is proof that if you set your mind to it u can do anything. Chelsae is just wow. She looks like she has been doing this for years and she gets judged so harsh because she is not a favorite of the judges.

1baddman

May 18th, 2011
6:13 pm

I thought Ralph did okay;he could have be better if giving a little more time; and the comments that were made about his partner’s dance routine was unprofessional.