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!


The lazy Katrashian needs to go. Can't stand the whole family.


I am so sick of the judges giving Ricki scores she didn't earn. Her first dance was full of mistakes and they still gave her great scores. I am so sick of Rob K. This is the first time he has danced all season. Cheryl and Derek do the dancing and just make their partners look good! I am so tired of the judges trying to manipulate the results. This is it for me and DWTS! JR was treated unfairly last night

Maryanne gaeta

I know J.R. will win dwts....last night he had a slowing down period, only because of his sprained ankle,,i hope that doesn't discourage voting, because this man has it all, grace, charm, personality, good looks, and is one hell of a dancer.....Ricki Lake is also a great dancer, but i don't see her winning....Hope Solo should be going home tonite.....and yes she has one of the worst attitudes of anyone who has ever appeared on dwts....And last but not least Rob Kardashian, did really good last night....I was suprised at how well he danced....I am not a fan of him or anyone of the Kardashians, and i doubt if he will win the trophy....If by chance he does win, i for one will never watch this show again...my money is on J.R. Martinez.....Totally love this man.....What class....the best dwts ever had........


1) Ricky needs to go I hate her she is not perfect
2) Rob is def. improving good dancing Kim better stay away so he can get votes !!
3) Hope still suxs and she lost it for USA at the World cup she can't even be a good goalie she didnt even win that and will not win this !!
4) RJ is the only one who shows class and should take it all and has shown people even if you are burned and scar you can do anything (Go RJ America is voting for you !!!!!!!)


Kardashin need to go with his big butt.


Kardashian, need to go away with his big butt.


Is it me....or does Hope have a major attitude???? Her scorn for the judges is written all over her face...very immature attitude...even Maks (who owns the whole show...lol...lol...) is behaving better than her! As an athlete she should know the worst thing you can be is a poor sport! Bye Bye Hope...


Go Derek


Get rid of the kardashian!


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