Kane is Able: Chelsea Takes Command on Dancing With the Stars

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Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas all but assured their place in next week's finale by taking a Winner Take All dance in Monday's Dancing With the Stars semis.

We can debate whether or not this new scoring wrinkle is fair, but what's not up for debate is how far the Disney Channel star has come in recent weeks.

Capturing the Winner Take All Cha-Cha and its 15 extra points will help her cause, but she also scored a combined 58 in the other two routines last night.

Speaking on Kane's behalf in a pre-recorded segment, friend Joe Jonas said of Chelsea, “she’s doing such a great job. I think this is just the beginning.”

She'll be tough to beat next week in any case. Watch her 15-point Cha-Cha win over Hines Ward below and her performances with Mark after the jump ...

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I think Chelsea has a good chance (see my first comment) but I think Hines Ward will take the mirror ball. He plays it all straight, dances really well, and has a totally gorgeous dance partner, with a #12 body, Kym Johnson. Besides, they make a great interracial couple, which is great all by itself. And, Balas does not get along all that well with the judges, which will hurt Chelsea.

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Chelsea's big problem is two-fold. Balas is just a bit too non-conventional and inventive in his choreography. Second, Len is too old to understand anything not mid-Victorian. Chelsea, despite both drawbacks has become a great dancer. I taught ballroom dancing, once upon a time, and I could see her making tremendous progress every week. I wish her luck!

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
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