It was guilty pleasure week on DWTS, so it was only fitting that there would be a massive stumble and that Ralph Macchio -- the king of the "guilty pleasure" -- would be part of it when his partner Karina Smirnoff slipped and fell over his gigantic matador coat.
It doesn't get cheesier than that, does it? File that under sentences I never thought I'd say. That said, they did recover, just like Kirstie Alley did after her fall. It was a testament to their staying power and their partnership. But seeing a good old-fashioned wipe-out wasn't the only guilty pleasure of the night.
This week, Hanson played "MmmBop" among other songs to introduce the concept of the "guilty pleasure," which apparently means you're embarrassed to admit you like the song. Unfortunately, the playlist in tonight's episode pretty much represented my entire iPod collection. So, I have no guilt about these songs! I just feel guilty that the members of Hanson appear to be in their mid-50s now. Who knew?!
Also, not all the "guilty pleasure" songs fit the dances.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the samba to "Baby One More Time," and while their dance was really, really good (and have you noticed how much weight Alley has lost?!), it definitely didn't fit the song.
That was followed by Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke's tango set to "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, which didn't work at all. In fact, had they chosen a better song, they may have done better in the eyes of the judges (they earned a 22 total).
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower earned the first 10 of the season from Carrie Ann Inaba with their tribute to the movie Titanic, which was kind of perfect in every way, from the fluid water-like gown Chelsie wore to the choice of dance -- the waltz worked perfectly for the romance. The second 10 of the evening happened immediately after when Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas kicked booty during a quick step set to "Walking on Sunshine."
But the night really belonged to Ralph Macchio who, though he didn't get the highest scores, proved he really is what he appears to be. He has heart. He IS Daniel-san from the Karate Kid -- all heart and passion and truth. He seems extremely genuine and real.
This season, especially now, I am so hard-pressed to pick a favorite. I love almost all of them. But I have to believe that it's Kendra Wilkinson who will pack her bags Tuesday night. Her shimmy-filled Samba set to "La Vida Loca" was fun and festive, but she is the weakest link now. It will either be her or Chris Jericho and my money is on her.
Who do you think will go home?
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