The semi-finals of "Dancing with the Stars" got off to a not-so-unexpected start, when it came to the judges' scores. The competitors were required to dance three dances on this night, two individual, and one "winner take all" cha cha cha. It was a wild and crazy night.
Kym Johnson and Hines Ward just turned in the most gorgeous, exciting, passionate and PERFECT Argentine tango, following an injury during rehearsals last week that could have been devastating for Johnson. A perfect score of 30 was handed out and rightfully so. The dance was just stunning; the choreography difficult intricate and almost impossible to fathom. Prior to the dance, we got a glimpse at the footage of Kym's injury on Friday that sent her to a Los Angeles emergency room. It happened during a very difficult and intricate lift attemp, with Hines somehow falling onto Kym's inverted back, sending her head and neck crashing into the dance floor. Through tears Kym was heard saying "I can't feel my arms." Luckily, she seemed fine tonight, and both she and Kym burst into tears upon finishing their dance. What an emotional moment indeed.
Chelsea Kane got less than stellar remarks from judge Carrie Ann Inaba and rightfully so, forher first dance of the night.. Her Argentine tango with partner Mark Ballas lacked emotion, passion and frankly she was dancing so far away from Ballas that they might as well have been in separate ballrooms. Of, course, Bruno Tonioli -- who has been her champion all season long --- went positively insane with praise for her performance. And Len Goodman sang her praises for her clean, precise moves. Frankly, she looked as stiff as a board (something they earlier chastized Ralph Macchio for earlier on for the very same dance). Granted, Ballas' choreography was filled with beautiful lifts (which required much more on his part). Kane ultimately earned a score of 29 for her efforts. Clearly, Kane has been the judges' favorite for much of the season, pretty much sealing the fate of the rest of the pack.
Ralph Macchio was first up, and as has been the case for most of the season, the judges continued to be very hard on the actor. Though he scored a '9' from Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli voiced there displeasure with both comments and scores, giving Macchio a miserable "8" for his Argentine tango. Though it wasn't a particularly intense dance, that wasn't due to his lack of ability, but choreography from Karina Smirnoff that just wasn't semi-finals worthy.
Kirstie Alley followed Macchio onto the dance floor with a glorious Viennese waltz that was just beautifully executed. She was literally dancing on air, and the judges' gushing praise was truly deserved. She scored 9s from each of them for 27.