Ralph Macchio is an Italian-American actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Billy Gambini in My...

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Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff had a great run, but ultimately fell short of the finals on last night's Dancing with the Stars results show.

The Karate Kid star says his elimination wasn't exactly a shock, but insinuated that the judges dug a hole for himself and Karina Smirnoff.

"We feel like the comments from the judges last night put us in a pretty tough position – even for our fan base – to pull it out," he says.

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"That was unfortunate because I thought some of the comments were disrespectful and not constructive for how I can better myself."

The actor felt like the judges were "making fun" of him and Smirnoff, and wasn't pleased. "I thought we earned respect over the season."

"It just felt like the playing field wasn't level for some reason last night. That was disappointing. But I was ready for this [elimination]."

Disrespected or not, it's hard to argue that any of the top three don't belong on merit, something that Macchio acknowledges freely.

Macchio believes Chelsea Kane is the best dancer of the remaining stars competing on the show, but thinks it's anyone's Mirror Ball.

Who do you think will bring it home?

 

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Ralph Macchio has enjoyed a great run this season, but did he do enough to earn a spot in the Dancing With the Stars finals last night? It doesn't look good.

His Argentine tango with Karina Smirnoff was a crowd-pleaser, both feisty and precise, yet the judges felt it lacked something in the emotional department.

Compared to his competition, it didn't smolder.

Tack on another low-ish score in the salsa and Daniel-san is, again, in the lowest scoring position and ripe for the picking on this evening's results show.

Is this the end? If so, Ralph did himself and his family - who we got to meet in the second segment below - so very proud. Here's him dancing Monday:

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After a cyst in his leg caused him to miss four days of rehearsal, Ralph Macchio struggled to even get on the floor this week on Dancing with the Stars.

It showed, as he and Karina Smirnoff earned the lowest scores of the night.

The 49-year-old actor and his partner scored a 25 out of 30 on their first dance and a 21 out of 30 in the "instant dance," which they barely rehearsed.

"For someone who's had limited time to practice, you did a great job," Len Goodman said. "The thing is, it lacked polish. You only get polish with time."

Carrie Ann Inaba added: "It's the hardest thing to dance when you're in pain." That it is. But will America take that into account and save Ralph?

Watch his performances below and vote in our survey ...

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It won't guarantee their safety in a reality show voted on by millions of fans, but Ralph Macchio, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane proved they were a cut above the rest of the competition last night on Dancing With the Stars.

The Karate Kid and Karina Smirnoff quickstepped to the top spot after their fall (literal and otherwise) last week, joining Hines and Kym Johnson with 66 each.

Chelsea Kane, a.k.a. the Disney dark horse, was right behind them with 64. She and Mark Ballas have been low fliers this season, but have a real shot to win.

Don't believe us? Watch her after the jump. First, here's Ralph and Karina:

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Monday was "guilty pleasure night" on Dancing With the Stars, an event that kicked off with Hanson rocking out to its famous '90s hit "Mmmbop."

That pretty much set the tone for the night.

Karina Smirnoff, whose Playboy cover could be considered a guilty pleasure in itself, took a spill that sent Ralph Macchio tumbling from the top:

Nevertheless, they rebounded enough to score 24 points, which kept them out of last, and it's hard to see these favorites leading us tonight.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Kane and Romeo proved they're contenders and blew up THG's rankings, each earning a coveted 10 and a pair of 9s to boot.

Romeo tried to live up to his name with Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," ending a waltz by passionately kissing partner Chelsie Hightower:

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After a strong start this season, Ralph Macchio took a step back last week on Dancing With the Stars. The issue? His lack of chemistry with Karina Smirnoff.

Yes, lack of chemistry with Karina Smirnoff. Future Playboy cover girl Karina Smirnoff. If that can't ignite a little romance into your waltz, you've got issues.

Fortunately, he got the memo this week, climbing back up the leaderboard with an inspired performance that tied him with Hines Ward for second place.

Watch his strong bounce-back effort right here:

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Despite some "weird" hand movements and a hairstyle modeled after Rod Blagojevich, Ralph Macchio raced to an early lead on Dancing With the Stars.

The Karate Kid star and partner Karina Smirnoff finished the first show with a total of 24 points, edging Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward for the top score.

Praised for "great showmanship" and technical merit, the 49-year-old actor shook off the rust to show he's a force to be reckoned with this season.

Ralph joked that he had to dust off muscles and movements that have been dormant for a quarter century. Looks like he's doing well thus far ...

Ralph Macchio Biography

Ralph Macchio, Karina Smirnoff Pic Ralph Macchio is an Italian-American actor, best known for his roles as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series, Billy Gambini in My... More »
Born
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Huntington, New York
Full Name
Ralph George Macchio
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