Dancing With the Stars Semifinals Recap: Ricki Lake Roars Into the Finals

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The ninth week of Dancing With the Stars' 13th season saw Ricki Lake take the top spot back from J.R. Martinez, who had just done the same to her a week ago.

In the semifinal round, she came storming back from a so-so jive last week and notched a perfect 30 with her bouncy samba, catapulting her into the lead Monday.

The actress/talk show host then notched a 29 in the Argentine tango and another eight points in the cha-cha relay to finish with 67 out of a possible 70 overall.

Yeah, she's safe tonight. Everyone else? Let's find out in THG's DWTS recap:

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

Surprisingly, it was Rob Kardashian who gave Ricki a run for her money.

Rob and Cheryl Burke's sexy samba far out-ranked J.R. and Karina Smirnoff's paso doble in round one, during which J.R. rei-njured his already sore ankle.

J.R.'s tango later transported Len Goodman "to the back streets of Buenos Aires" and he redeemed himself with a 27. But Rob K. did him one better again.

Not only did he earn his first 10 of the season last night, but he won the big prize up for grabs in the cha-cha relay, during which only one 10 was available.

Each couple danced one after another to the same song, resulting in a 4 for Hope, a 6 for J.R., an 8 for Ricki and a 10 for Rob, landing him firmly in second.

This guy has been such a surprise, and continues to improve. How many people would have pegged him for the finals, and a legitimate chance to win?

Hope Solo appears to be on the chopping block after last night.

  • Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff

Rob out-paced J.R., but he out-paced Hope, who was called out once again for not being very graceful heading in and out of Maksim Chmerkovskiy's tricks.

Still, the couple was all smiles at the end of the night ... not a given.

"Maks was smiling because we should be smiling!" the soccer star said. "So Carrie Ann, thank you, Maks was smiling. This is my partner. Finally, we're happy!"

That's good at least. Wonder if she will be during the results show. She'll need help. Here's a look at how Monday's Dancing With the Stars scores shook out:

  1. Ricki Lake & Derek Hough (30, 29, 8) 67
  2. Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke (28, 27, 10) 65
  3. J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff (23, 27, 6) 56
  4. Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovksiy (21, 24, 4) 49

Who do you think has danced his or her last routine? Do you agree with scores, top to bottom? Is there any way Maks and Hope don't get the boot tonight?

Comment below, and vote for who you think will win!

 

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i swear, watching the finale' as we speak, ricki lake got third, okay, if a kardashian wins i will never tune in again....uggggg.

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stop condemning the just and acquiting the guilty in these matters. people dont want to admit some judges are just biased and corrupt and sway the vote to their picks while others have integrity and wouldnt be swayed. too many people bend their knee to corruption in decisions in the name of fame and fortune instead of making right decisions of integrity for the ones who truly deserve the blessings and prize

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I agree hope had EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANNOYED WITH THE JUDGES ESPECIALLY SINCE CARRY ANN WAS BEING NEGATIVE IN HER DISPOSITION THE NIGHT BEFORE TRYING TO TWIST IT ON MAX FOR THE QUIET REASON SHE WANTED TO KEEP THEM OUT OF THE FINALS IN ORDER TO PUT THE K'S IN THERE. THE OTHER JUDGE WAS DISREPECTFUL TO THEM IN THE PAST TOO. I WOULD BE ANNOYED TOO

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open rebuke is better than private shame and some of your ignorant comments dont need to be made about decent people on the show who have God's love and integrity in their heart and you dont know the testimony of their lives to criticize then in such and evil and demeaning way

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you better leave ricki alone. God will bless those who bless israel and curse those who curse israel. and leave jr alone too. the LORD rebuke you in JESUS name. its that bought and paid for hollywood kar.... name that they gave better votes than what he deserved and clearly hope was a better dancer than him. deal with yourselves cuz you all dont see through the eyes of integrity and God

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HOPE did a great job. It was the judges who were condemning at times to her and max and not always constructive. They didnt like it that max and hope stood up to their condemnation acting like they were disrespectful when in reality it was the judges being direspectful to them. see it through the eyes of integrity. also, a radio show talk host on 98.7 named mark here in richmond hill, georgia critized hope for not having regards for the judges. she was not disrespectful, she knew the judges were biased in their decision and we all know the judges. swayed the vote for rob to the audience. and mark, also called ricki and nancy a loser on the radio here in savannah, and another witness in the car heard it. he didnt say it in secret. it was publicly said. mark, you need to repent of your self righteous attitude and from seeing things wrong. the LORD rebuke you in JESUS name.

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Hope had every right to be annoyed with the judges. So did Maks.If you don't like Hope too bad. This is not your place to criticize her.

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Please get Derek off the show and don't let him on again. He thinks he is all it and he thinks he will win hands down. He is such a jerk. How do they pair couples at the beginning? If he had Hope or Nancygrace, where would poor Derek be now!!!! He already has won the Mirror Ball. Get him far away from the real world.

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i like big butts, i cannot lie!

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JR didn't look like he was having fun..time to go home. Hope, geez just get her off the show.