Dancing With the Stars Recap: Hines Ward & Kym Johnson Perfect, But Mark & Chelsea Lead

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The semifinals of Dancing With the Stars featured laughter, injury, tears, joy and plenty of raw emotion. That and a new Winner Take All Cha-Cha twist!

According to the hosts, the idea was conceived as a reward for high-scoring contestants. DWTS scores, after all, are often trumped by the viewers' votes.

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas had the most to gain from getting an extra 15 points no one else would receive, and they got them, landing in first place.

This isn't to say that Chelsea didn't nail the routine (although Hines Ward gave her a run for her money) or the other two she performed Monday evening.

Mark and Chelsea

With her long legs and seductive looks, she earned a perfect 30 score for her rumba, and another 28 for her tango. The 15-point bonus gave Kane 73.

The winner-take-all element somewhat overshadowed Kym Johnson’s injury and return, resulting in a nearly-perfect night between herself and Ward.

First, we saw the awful footage of the rehearsals when Kym, in an effort to up their game and take risks, fell on her neck and was crushed by Hines.

Cut to shots of Kym in a neck brace, the ultimate gamer, more concerned about lost rehearsal time than her own well-being, leaving via ambulance.

Then cut to Kym sans brace, doing the Argentine tango and delivering a routine fitting of the perfect 30? The dance hit all the right notes, and steps.

Emotional and cathartic, it was amazing to watch the two. Then they went and delivered ANOTHER perfect routine in the salsa for back to back 30s!

Kym and Hines

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been on a roller coaster all season, and that certainly applies to her life as a whole. Would this be a high?

Not quite, but it certainly wasn't a low point, either. Kirstie and Maks more than held their own and earned 27s in both waltz and paso doble Monday.

Ralph Macchio’s knee is better, but his dancing was not. He and Karina Smirnoff received a 23 for their “The World Is Mine” salsa, setting them back.

Followed up by another low-ish 25 in their Argentine tango and they are ripe for the chopping block tonight. Of course, with the votes, you never know.

The scores from the Dancing With the Stars semifinals ...

  • Mark Ballas and Chelsea Kane: 73 (30, 28, 15).
  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 60 (30, 30).
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 54 (27, 27).
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 48 (25, 23).

We'll be posting all the routines for you shortly. For now, what did you think of the winner-take-all twist, and who do you think is in danger tonight?

Also, who do you think will win Season 12?

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Kristy has no grace when dancing. She did loose weight BUT NOT ENOUGH.... She is old and all she was doing all the time is argue, argue, argue. I feel the "russian/rumanian" had a fit, because Kristy was trying to cheat on the voting. I AM GLAD Hines was the winner!

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For me, the winners are Chelsea and Mark. They were the best. Altough Kirstie was good, she was not as good as Chelsea. This is the second time that someone that is not the best wins the trophy.
I was very disappointed. DWTS should come up with another type of voting, as it is turning to be the most popular, and not the best dancer. This is not the purpose of the show.
Chelsea and mark deserve the trophy. I guess that even Kirstie was not expecting to be in second place.

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It is quite clear to my husband and myself who should have won Dancing with the Stars. It only shows how "popularity and being a football star" envelopes most people and their minds. It's too bad that the judging wasn't done on dancing and not popularity. Hines did nothing but move a few feet and shake a butt while Chelsea and Kirstie had the tougher routines. It was absolutely a big SHOW for the STEALERS.......too bad. We have completely lost interest in Dancing with the Stars after this big farce! Judges showed their partiality. Mark and Chelsea were the winners and they certainly should have earned the title.

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I won't be watching anymore... it was clear from the start that the judges had their favorites and as I like Kristie Alley as much as the next person; she made it all that way?? Please.. as far as I am concern,, Mark and Chelsa should of win,, she was the best dancer..

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I too think Kirstie has progressed nicely and dancing has helped her with the weight loss, (keep goin Kirstie) But as far as the deserving couple would be Hines and Kym. I really like him and he is trying soo hard..

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I think Kym has the most perfect body. She could be the new Barbie. I am not gay, just an observation....nice

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noone else but Kim and Hines!!!!!

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It's quite obvious that Carrie Ann Inaba is a Hines FREAK. She seems unable to see that CHELSEA KANE IS THE BETTER DANCER. It's ridiculous that she makes up reasons to lower Mark and Chelsea's scores while praising Hines for mediocre and lacluster performances. The man can't hold a frame, but she's on her feet every time he dances. Kirstie? Why the hell is she on this show in the first place??? The show is a sham if Chelsea doesn't win it.

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Hope Hines and Kim will be the champion, though Hines is not that good like previous male ballroom dancers, but I like his attitude much better than Mark Ballas, He think he is good but with Dereck is compete, he is totally out of the scene. no doubt Mark's parent are very good, but sorry not Mark, I also hate his hairdo, likes going or coming out from jail. Kirsti is a comedian and not, not, not a ballroom dancers.

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who cares?no abc in this house,other than the soaps!

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente