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Who made the finals of ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

J.R. Martinez messed up his ankle and struggled a bit Monday night but made it to the finals anyway. CREDIT: ABC

J.R. Martinez messed up his ankle and struggled a bit Monday night but made it to the finals anyway. CREDIT: ABC

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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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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malleesmom

November 15th, 2011
10:49 pm

Hope had real potential early in this season. Based on clips shown she refused to listen to Maks and the judges until it was too late. One could see she just wanted out and the experience to be over. I am always amazed, after watching every single season, the most resistant “stars” rarely reach their goal. On to the finale.

Shaniqua

November 15th, 2011
11:02 pm

Rob needs to go, like now! I wish the Kardashians would move to Mars.

kong

November 16th, 2011
12:35 am

I miss the one and (thankfully only) Miss Personality herself, Nancy “Thunder Thighs” Grace.

MacGrace4theWin

November 16th, 2011
3:24 am

I stopped watching when Nancy was voted off. Thanks for the update.

pebblebeach

November 16th, 2011
5:50 am

Ricky Lake hands down…

Linda

November 16th, 2011
7:51 am

I know all of the people dancing with the stars work so very hard. I wish that a couple of the voted of early would get a second chance may on next years show. I agree that mt 3 favorites ended up in the finals. I wouldnt want to be a judge it has to be an extremly tough job I feel like they do a great job

ItIzMe

November 16th, 2011
8:01 am

I’m glad she’s gone. She was the least skilled dancer, and her attitude this past week was terrible. I like Maks, but his arrogance has rubbed off on her. I disliked her remarks to the judges… particularly to Carrie Ann. She had the attitude where she thought she was a good dancer and that the judges were “hating” on her, but in fact, she was no where as good as she thought. I’m really satisfied with the top 3. Kudos to Rob for stepping it up when it really counted. I love Ricki and JR, but I’m looking for JR to take the mirror ball.

Crap

November 16th, 2011
8:08 am

Linda: The judges absolutely do a great job of assessing the skills; it’s the voters who have turned this into a popularity contest. Not that I’m unhappy with the finalists, but no way Chynna and Kristin didn’t have the skills to still be around – long after Chaz, Hope and David A. Ricki takes the ball.

jake's mom

November 16th, 2011
8:29 am

Hope can’t dance and has a vile potty mouth…so glad she’s off the dance floor! The finals will be great!

FCM

November 16th, 2011
8:55 am

Rikki’s scores were bogus….Her cha-cha was stiff …. and her dances lacked emotion. They called JR out on it and should have called Rikki out too. The whole thing is obviously skewed toward her.

At this point Rob, Hope and JR were the only ones who should be left.

sue

November 16th, 2011
10:00 am

I agree with FCM, the judges likes Derek.Derek did all the dancing, and Rikki was stiff. I think the show will not make it another season. the judges do not know how to be bias. JR still did good with his injured ankle, and they gave him a very low score. People are getting tirede of watching a show they feels has been rigged by the producers.The year that Doony Osmond won was surely a set-up, he did not do good the whole season. He begged for the trophy and the producers awarded it to him!

Chipmunk

November 16th, 2011
10:04 am

Stopped watching it weeks ago when producers insisted on focusing on the freaks they had on the show. Co workers mentioned the gay freak was on the show once again last night. Goodbye DWS you were mildly entertaining until you pushed the freak agenda

Nina

November 16th, 2011
10:04 am

My choice is between Rob “booty-shaking” Kardashian and JR “twinkle-toes” Martinez!!!!

not a soccer person

November 16th, 2011
11:53 am

Hope was vile. No wonder the US choked with that ego.

DancingFan

November 16th, 2011
12:06 pm

I was somewhat of a fan of Hope’s earlier in the season. However, lately she has gotten a bad attitude. The bad attitude coupled with he lack of dance skills resulted in her exit and I am glad.

It should have been JR, Ricki, Chynna, and Kristin in the semi finals. However, I will say that Rob has vastly improved and deserves to be there as well.

Looking forward to the finals.

Tiberius

November 16th, 2011
12:41 pm

The three best dancers out of the remaining four made the finals, which is as it should be. Finally.

Now, to some of the earlier comments.

First, Donny Osmond earned that mirror ball trophy – hands down. He was a very good dancer with a few ups and downs during the early season, but he brought it all during the finals AND proved he was as good a showman as he was a dancer that night. That’s how you win – form and showmanship.

I agree that Chynna and Kristin left too early. If they had more fan support base (or didn’t suffer Chynna’s brain freeze), Rob would have probably been gone long ago. But Carrie Ann said it best about Rob this week; he’s the perfect contestant for this show. He started out as a very poor dancer and got better each week. No ups and downs, just continuous improvement each and every week. He deserves to be there in the finals.

Hope was a better dancer than many gave her credit for. Her instant jive was worthy of nines at least last week, and Len (as usual) got it right. Maks may have said what needed to be said, but after that he should have shut his mouth because Bruno and Carrie Ann dinged her for that jive; I believe due to his comments.

Either way, this has been a pretty good season for DWTS overall from a viewer standpoint.

Really?

November 16th, 2011
4:56 pm

I can’t believe people actually still watch this show. The “Sing Off” is so much better. THAT’S talent.

Spanky

November 16th, 2011
6:35 pm

I’m starting a petition to bring back The Gong Show!!

Kardashian should win.

November 16th, 2011
7:48 pm

Hope Rob Kardashian wins. He probably is the best dancer remaining. He has worked hard and made tremendous improvement. He should win despite the fact he’s a Kardashian. Glad Hope is gone, and, unfortunately, that was a waste of Maxsim’s talent. Try as they might, they couldn’t do anything make Hope seem feminine — no one believes it. She shouldn’t even have been on the show — are they going to bring every Olympic winner on the show despite the fact they don’t have any other eye-catching characteristics (no beauty, an awful personality, whatever). Brandy Chastain would have been a better choice. Go, Rob, go.

DeDe

November 16th, 2011
8:12 pm

Okay Carrie Ann targeted Hope and Max every week with her little snide remarks. Carrie Ann picks a favorite and goes from there. And Carrie Ann, I for one am tired of hearing your remarks about Rob’s butt. I am voting for J.R. He does not have former experience in dancing like Ricki does. He worked hard and improved and has a great attitude and smile. Rickie is so busy fawning over Derrick, yuk she is old enough to be his Grandmother. Both J.R. and Rob should win ahead of Rickie.
By the way does anyone remember her talk show? It was worse than Jerry and Maury’s show. I mean the dregs of the human race were on her show.
I was forced to listen to it for a time by co-workers who watched it.
Anyway, I think they need to get rid of Carrie Ann and Len and get 2 new judges.

Rodney Ho Moe

November 16th, 2011
9:16 pm

Dammmm that Karina has a nice a$$!!!

stare k

November 16th, 2011
9:19 pm

I think the hae chosen the best couples .I want JR to win .Rickie 2nd place . They should stop getting peopel older than 45 to keep up wit a 24 yr. old . No way they can keep up with the younger peopel .Put the mig age togeather & the younger group togeather .Nacy Grace for one overstayed her welcom ,she was to stiff w/young person . We need more blacks on the show .What about The Jackson sisters .

pearl

November 16th, 2011
9:28 pm

the stars get to pick the teachers or assigned by the producer or by random?