It has been practically a foregone conclusion since the first week that Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez would make the finals. Lake had the drive and film dancing experience. Martinez had the back story, a nice guy persona and genuine dancing skills.
So it came down to Hope Solo and Rob Kardashian for the third fimals slot, a spot taken up by unlikely candidates some season such as Bristol Palin (season 11) and Kelly Osbourne (season 9).
In the end, Solo was voted off. The soccer star had the lowest overall judges’ score of the night, with a relatively weak paso doble garnering her a 21, the worst score for any dance Monday.
Kardashian, who I targeted before the competition started to leave early, surprised me and most everyone else with passable dance steps and a hardy work ethic. Though he doesn’t exactly light up the stage with his personality, that Kardashian name apparently has more power than anyone who doesn’t watch E! network could ever imagine. Monday night, Kardashian received his first 10 for his samba, courtesy of judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
Martinez, the soap star and military hero who grew up in Dalton, suffered an ankle injury that stifled his paso doble, where he received his lowest score (23) since week two. He did rally to get a 27 for his Argentine tango but he was clearly in pain.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk