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Shocking finale trio on “Dancing With the Stars”

For the ladies: a gratuitous shot of Apolo Anton Ohno shirtless. CREDIT: ABC

For the ladies: a gratuitous shot of Apolo Anton Ohno shirtless. CREDIT: ABC

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When “Dancing With the Stars: All Stars” opened this season, the conventional wisdom was that the men would dominate.

But alas, we have an all-female finale instead because athletes Apolo Anton Ohno and Emmitt Smith were both cut last night.

Two former winners Kelly Monaco (season 1) and Shawn Johnson (season 8 ) join reality star Melissa Rycroft (third, season 8 ) for next week’s finale round.

Ohno has been targeted for elimination before and despite having the third-highest score among the five remaining dancers, couldn’t garner enough votes. Monaco’s soap fan base lifted her up. She was tied for last with 54 points with Smith but survived. Shawn and Melissa have the highest average scores among all the dancers to date. Monaco ranked seventh overall, behind both Smith and Ohno.

While this is the lowest-ranked “Dancing With the Stars” since season one, it’s also been one of the most unpredictable in terms of who goes home.

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3 comments Add your comment

Clay Aiken

November 21st, 2012
1:56 pm

I like Max’s little brother…. what about you Rodney :)

bap

November 21st, 2012
2:21 pm

This season had nothing to do with dancing….I called it “Gymnastics with the Stars” and now that Emmett is eliminated won’t bother to watch the finals. I wish Max’s brother and his “star” were eliminated long ago…then they’d have been able to head out to a deserted island somewhere and perfected their “routines” somewhere else!

Corbyn

November 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

How awesome is it that there are all ladies in the finals? For the first time in the history of the show there aren’t any males to steal the spotlight!
I have to say that I was surprised by Apolo’s early exit from Dancing with the Stars. Since Karina has been in pain for most of the competition it is a good thing that she finally gets to take a break. Dancing when you’re injured can’t be easy. You just never know with Dancing with the Stars so I’ve always got my DISH Hopper recording the new episodes each week. With four times more hard drive space to record than other DVRs I know that I don’t have to rush to delete something I haven’t watched yet. I wasn’t surprised by Emmitt’s departure from the show because even though he is charismatic he wasn’t really the best dancer out of the bunch. It was really nice to always see him with a smile on his face. My DISH co-worker really liked Apolo’s Rumba and I have to agree: it made me look at the song in a whole new light.