From a mathematical perspective, it ought to get easier each week to predict which Dancing With the Stars contestant is getting the boot. I mean, we’re at the point in the season where I can count the remaining couples on one hand, so how hard can it be?
Right or wrong, I applied that logic heading into tonight’s Week 8 results-show telecast, smug in the relative certainty that I had already figured out whose dreams of the Mirrorball Trophy were destined be dashed. He (yes, he, because my beloved Kristie just had to be safe!) would come from the duo at the bottom of the leader board–Ralph Macchio or Romeo–and a bum knee (aka a ruptured baker’s cyst, for you sticklers out there) meant the smart money was on the demise of the erstwhile Karate Kid. Then again, perhaps potential sympathy votes for Ralph would be enough to doom hot new box-office star Romeo. (Hey, he’s got a hit movie out right now, isn’t that enough?)
But slap me with a spoon, who didn’t forget about results for a few minutes with Adele in the house? My heart sank momentarily near the end of hour one when Adele unexpectedly appeared to tell Tom her voice was “a bit knackered” –- leaving Aussie sensation Delta Goodrem to take over her scheduled cover of the Aretha Franklin classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
But I was ecstatic when the ever-fabulous 21 chart-topper hit the ballroom stage and ripped into “Rolling In the Deep” (“we could have had it awwwwwwllll”). If any spitfire diva can challenge my Kirstie obsession right now, it’s this spectacularly talented young woman. To me, she’s got all the fiery ferocity of “You Ought Know”-era Alanis Morissette, with a more emotionally complicated 21st century sensibility.
But enough about my iPod staples. As usual, the opening hour’s “Greatest Results Show Performances” made the minutes pass like hours, but all was forgiven when former DWTS competitor Michael Bolton (my greatest guilty pleasure ever has to be “Soul Provider”) got my ’80s nostalgia in high gear, performing “I’m Not Ready”(with special guest Delta Goodrem) from his brand spankin new album Gems: The Duets Collection.
Throughout the night, the infamous DWTS trio of Jerry Rice, Kenny Mayne and Len Goodman graced us with what were to me some less-than-hilarious Dance Center segments. (How come they harassed poor Kirstie the worst, those bad boys?)
But without further adieu, it’s time for the real moment of truth — tonight’s results:
FINAL TWO COUPLES LEFT “IN JEOPARDY” (THOUGH NOT NECESSARILY THE BOTTOM TWO)
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
“I’m surprised because that was one of my best dances last night, but at the same time, I’m not surprised because the competition this year, anyone could go at any time,” said a gracious Romeo, who joins Kendra Wilkinson, Chris Jericho, Mike Catherwood, Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard and Petra Nemcova on the DWTS sidelines. “This show has changed my life forever,” added Romeo. “I was terrified at dancing. I didn’t dance at my own prom.” As the show came to an end, he offered one last bit of inspiration: “I want to show kids, don’t be afraid to try, go out there, fall on your face a few times and get back up.” Then, with a special shout out to the judges and Chelsie (“You know, we can still dance after this…”) and a plug for his Twitter account (@RomeoMiller), it was time for the last dance. Keep shaking those hips, Romeo!
And with that, it’s your turn. Did Adele roll you in the deep? Which was your favorite Dance Center segment? (The copy machine/Royal Wedding ditty gets my vote.) How big was the lump in your throat watching those amazing brothers Hefa, Solano and Tu’iniua Tuita, ages 19, 16 and 12, fulfill their DWTS dream? And lastly, which of the semi-finalists have the most momentum going into next week? Sound off in the comments, and let us know in our poll if the right couple went home! –-Mitch Rustad