It never fails: no matter what you think you know about the contestants on Dancing with the Stars, you can always get proven wrong. Early in the season, I picked Ralph Macchio as someone who had potential to go all the way, but now that he is injured I think he’s starting to show signs of wear. It doesn’t help that while his partner Karina Smirnoff is a terrific dancer, she’s not the best choreographer and has trouble dancing down to his level. (Also, the fringed orange pants she has to wear this week are just cruel.) Ralph and Karina have the cha cha, which cannot be the easiest dance for a guy with knee problems, but they get through it fairly well and Ralph is affable and popular with the audience. As much as I like him, I’m really starting to think that Hines Ward is going to win this season.
Of the remaining dancers, I think Kirstie Alley is the weakest. After she fell a few times earlier on in the season I was glad to see her master a difficult dance like the Argentine tango. That said, I don’t think that “not falling” should be something you get praised for, pointswise. She managed to bring some sex appeal to the dance, and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy handled the lifts beautifully. She might hang on another week, but I just don’t think she belongs in the finals unless something really spectacular happens.