So it's on to the evening's second dance for the four "Dancing with the Stars" semi-finalists. Ralph Macchio moved on to the salsa with partner Karina Smirnoff just oozing out of her leopard-print cat suit. Of course, his efforts gleaned a mere 23 points from the judges, who found little to praise. This time they were right for the mostpart. The choreography was just too bizarre; and Bruno Tonioli's remark about Ralph's "padded booty" was just rude and uncalled for. A score of 23 for this dance, and 25 for his earlier Argentine tango pretty much means Macchio's going home Tuesday night, unless viewer votes pull out a miracle.
Chelsea Kane just danced a perfect rhumba, earning a 30 for her sultry efforts. Combined with her previous score of 29, Kane is atop the leaderboard at this time. She is the one to beat, and Hines might be her biggest challenger.
Hines just stepped up to the plate, with a fiery salsa. It was playful and fun and happy according to the judges. His score for the dance: a perfect 30, keeping him neck-and-neck with Chelsea.
At the end of the second round, it's pretty clear the stage is set for the finals next week: Unless there's a huge misstep in the winner-takes-all cha cha cha round OR viewer voting, count on Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward to still be standing at the end of the elimination round Tuesday night.