Dancing With the Stars is down to five couples toe tapping, side stepping and high kicking their way into our hearts.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson

Tonight we’ll whittle the field again and prepare for the semi-finals. This has been the most fair competition that I have seen. Past contestants included dancers and singer/dancers – hard for the first time competitor to compete with those with backgrounds in dance.

I also like the drama of Kirstie Alley. She has a larger than life personality that makes me want to jump up and cheer for her when things go as well as they did last night.

She’s had a rough season. First, she’s not as young as some of the others, not as thin, flexible, or fit. But she seems light on her feet at times – much lighter than expected. She also had a couple of tragedies during performances. First, Maks’ knee gave away with him and caused her to fall – every large girl’s nightmare. Then her shoe came off during a dance. But to her credit, she regained her composure, got up and right back into the sequence of steps. Last night she had stamina problems and got light headed after forgetting to eat. I’m sure the pressure to lose weight is huge and she has lost a lot of weight and is looking good.

And Maks has completely won me over. His passion, grace and determination makes him the real star on the floor. Of course his sexy physique and handsome face – not to mention the way he moves – doesn’t hurt. Last night they finished with a combined score of 53, putting them in third place and they even received a ’10’.

Ralph has injured his knee. He started out on top and has been declining ever since. Last night he danced in spite of obvious pain and showed everyone how dedicated he really is to this competition. But Karina is the female equivalent of Maks and she keeps right on making him look good. Last night, due to Ralph’s inability to use the injured leg as he should, they finished at the bottom with a score of 46.

Chelsea and Mark continue trying to put a youthful spin on the dances and I think the judges steadily attempt to communicate that the theatrics take back seat to the dance steps, yet they finished with the highest scores – 55. They were so good with the instant dance that I feel sure they will proceed. Plus, they have a lot of young fans – the kind who vote in this type of thing.

Hines is a surprise. A football player with plenty of muscle, he is agile and quick. I like his smile also. His partner, Kym, seems fun loving and adventurous. She has learned how to get the best from Hines. They finished in second place last night with a score of 54.

Romeo appears to be selling something besides DWTS – movie, music. But he has been quite good. I’m afraid he isn’t as lovable as Hines although I like his partner Chelsie. She has a lot of energy! It was enough to keep them off the bottom with a score of 52 putting them in fourth.

All this being said, this is the first season that I have ever voted – for anything. I don’t do Idol or Apprentice. But Dancing With the Stars just sucks me in.

The judges – Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba – are hilarious! Talk about theatrics and witty banter, these three have it in spades.

Last night the couples had to perform two dances. One routine was with their choice of music and choreographed in advance. The second was an ‘instant dance’. Although they could practice a routine of sorts, they didn’t have the music until twenty minutes prior to performing it.

Tonight, another couple will be eliminated. Stay tuned for updates.

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