Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio: Dancing with the Stars Judges Were “Rude”

Ralph Macchio is placing part of the blame for his elimination from Dancing with the Stars on the judges. The Karate Kid star believes the judges’ “rude” and “inappropriate” comments about his performance on Monday night put him in a tough place.

“We were in a hard place for even our fan base to pull us out of,” Macchio explained to People magazine after his elimination on Tuesday’s results show.

Macchio, 49, feels the judges were “making fun” of him and partner Karina Smirnoff instead of showing them respect.

“That was unfortunate because I thought some of the judges’ comments were rude and inappropriate and not constructive for how I could better myself. We felt circled as the one couple who didn’t get praised and held up like the others did,” he said.

“It just felt like the playing field wasn’t level for some reason last night,” Macchio added. “That was disappointing. But I was ready for this [elimination].”

Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward will compete for the mirror ball trophy on next week’s season finale.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Kirstie and Maks Fall

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This week on Dancing with the Stars, the remaining 10 contestants had to tell a story in their routine using music and props. Petra Nemcova and Hines Ward tied in first place with 25 points apiece. Petra performed a heartfelt waltz which Len Goodman said had grace, elegance and fluid movement. Hines danced a samba. Carrie Ann Inaba said he performed the samba like he has “been dancing your whole life.”

Kendra Wilkinson and Chelsea Kane tied in second place with 23 points each. Len praised Kendra for her “gorgeous leg action” in the rumba while Carrie Ann described the routine as “hot, hot, hot.” Chelsea performed a cha cha cha. Bruno Tonioli said he feel the excitement in the routine. Carrie Ann advised Chelsea to work on her hip action.

Chris Jericho, Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio all landed in third place with 21 points. Chris performed a rumba. Judges liked the vulnerability Chris showed but thought he could work on his arms, fluidity and hip action. Despite falling at the beginning of her routine, Kirstie managed to pull off her rumba. Judges loved that she was able to overcome the fall. Ralph performed a rumba that Len thought needed a “bit of refinement.”

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Sugar Ray Leonard and Romeo took fourth place with 20 points each. While Len thought Romeo took a “huge step back” with his rumba this week, he praised Sugar Ray for improving. Carrie Ann agreed that Sugar Ray showed a lot of improvement.

Wendy Williams took fifth place with just 15 points for her foxtrot. None of the judges were impressed with her routine.

ABC Announces Dancer-Celebrity Pairings For Dancing With the Stars

The season 12 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In alphabetical order, with their professional partners, the 11 stars making their dancing debut are:
·       KIRSTIE ALLEY, television and movie star, joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who is back for his tenth season.
·       “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, radio personality, partners up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her fourth season.
·       CHRIS JERICHO, WWE star, teams up with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE, who is back for her eleventh season
·       CHELSEA KANE, Disney star, teams up with two-time champ MARK BALLAS, who returns for his eighth season.
·       SUGAR RAY LEONARD, boxing legend, joins ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her seventh season.
·       RALPH MACCHIO, movie star, teams up with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her eighth season.
·       PETRA NEMCOVA, supermodel, partners with DMITRY CHAPLIN, who returns for his third season.
·       ROMEO, rapper and actor, teams up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER, who returns for her fifth season.
·       HINES WARD, Super Bowl MVP, teams up with Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON, who returns for her ninth season.
·       KENDRA WILKINSON, reality star, partners with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, who returns for his eighth season.
·       WENDY WILLIAMS, talk show host, joins TONY DOVOLANI, who is back for his eleventh season.

All 11 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on MONDAY,
MARCH 21
(8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), with couples either performing the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the following week on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). AT&T will also offer customers exclusive mobile video footage of weekly backstage highlights to keep fans connected to some of their favorite couples all season long. Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast with voting closing at 8:00 a.m. ,PT/11:00 a.m., ET on Tuesday mornings.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

‘Dancing With The Stars’ 2011 Cast Revealed

“Dancing with the Stars” 2011 Season 12 begins a new season with two-hour premiere on March 21 (ABC-TV). The cast: KIRSTIE ALLEY, HINES WARD, CHRIS JERICHO, RALPH MACCHIO, WENDY WILLIAMS, TOM BERGERON, BROOKE BURKE, “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, ROMEO, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, KENDRA WILKINSON and CHELSEA KANE. Photo:ABC

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