Dancing with the Stars Season 12 Semifinal Results: Final Three Revealed

Jessica May 18, 2011 21

Ralph Macchio eliminated from DWTSThe judges and fans have spoken, and the Dancing with the Stars finalists are: Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley. We bid a sad goodbye to Ralph Macchio in the Semifinals. As hard as they tried, the fans could not save Ralph from elimination. If nothing else, Ralph gets a trophy for character. He had to have been one of the nicest, most down to earth contestants on the show, and a pretty darn good dancer and showman to boot.

Congratulations to the finalists and before I dish on the conspiracy theories, I will say I really liked all the couples who were in the Semifinals and would be upset to see any one of them go. I just wished the scoring and voting process had played out like it was meant to, without giving any one couple the benefit of an extra 15 points.

The winner take all cha cha round seemed to be the show’s way of removing some power from the fans, so much so that power voting didn’t help. The results are supposed to be based on be 50% judges’scores and 50% viewer votes, calculated in some weird mathematical way that I don’t even pretend to understand. The 15 point bonus; however, seems to throw that formula off.

The irony here is that in Season 11, we complained the Tea Party fans had too much power and were constantly saving a non-dancer, non-performer from elimination, and many called upon the show to stop the madness. So what exactly do we as fans, want? More or less power than the judges? I think a 15 point spread would have worked wonders last season. DWTS is a bit too late with this disguised ‘judges save’card they played. Most everyone this season was on equal footing and did not need this bonus round. That’s what makes it so suspicious. Was the show trying to boost a couple who had low votes? Was the show trying to eliminate Ralph in particular with those undeserved lousy scores? And if they didn’t want Ralph, can someone please tell me why? Lastly, will we ever get through a season without conspiracy theories?

Next week the three finalists will battle it out in three dances – including the freestyle and a ‘judges’pick – for the Season 12 MirrorBall Trophy. The live Dancing with the Stars finale performance show will be just one hour, starting at 8 p.m. May 23 on ABC.

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  • bernice latwis

    I think the 15 point save was for the chelsea ( disney chick) to be saved. Dwts is on a disney run channel.Tea Party voters are entitled to vote if they are fans so last season should have nothing to do with it. Fans 50% and Judges 50% was the original idea.  If my vote means nothing, I dont need to watch.

    • Carol

      SEND KIRSTIE ALLEY HOME.  FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR VIEWERS, QUIT GIVING HER SCORES THAT SHE DOES NOT EARN.  SHE IS STILL TOTTERING ABOUND AS A SEMIFILANALIST AND ROMEO AND CHELSEA ARE GONE????? WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG.  THIS HAS BEEN A DISAPPOINTING SEASON WITH CARRIE ANN AND LEN PICKING FAVORITES AND GIVING THEM EXTRA POINTS  AND IT IS SO NOTICABLE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ONES WHO ARE NOT THE JUDGES FAVORITES.  THEY GET LOWER SCORES THAN THEY DESERVE. 

      EVERYONE IS SO TIRED OF KIRSTIE STILL BEING ON THE SHOW.  SHE ACTS SILLY, CAN'T DANCE AND IS RUDE AND THROWS TEMPER FITS WHEN SHE GETS MAD AT MAKS, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE WOMAN IS THE WORSE DANCER ON THE SHOW.  AND HERE SHE IS IN THE SEMIFINALS. 

      ABSOLUTELY NOT FAR……

      I HAVE WATCHED FOR YEARS BUT THIS YEAR IS THE LAST DWTS FOR ME. 

      READ THE REVIEWS…..

      I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO IS TOTALLY DISENCHANTED WITH DWTS. 

      KICKING ROMEO OFF WAS SOOOOO WRONG. 

      • Karen

        I totally agree with Carol, Kristy being on here all the way to the end was blasphemy to DWTS. I don't think the scoring all depends  at the end to the public.

        With the scoring from the judges being mostly 10's for Chelsea (which she deserved) and Kristy getting  under that (should have been lower than it was, it shold have been Chelsea against Hines.

        I won't be watching DWTS anymore and I have been faithful all seasons till now but there have been 3 seasons out of the 12 that were absolutly crazy of who went to the finals. Either you aren't adding the scores correctly or someone is paying off the judges or station. I am totally out of watching this show.!!!!

      • Sue

        you are soo right…..

  • http://aol.com bermudadol

    I really enjoy watching DWTS, but during this season I have been very frustrated with the scoring process. The last and final straw for me was to have Romeo and Chelsea outed for their outstanding performance- They received a complimentary verbal critique from the judges, but did not earn a single 10 based on the judges review. The dance was intricate and outstanding. This was not the first time that they executed such great moves. Ralph M. and his partner were not as smooth for obvious reasons, but were "saved" to continue in the current week–go figure!

    Now I love Kirstie, but when Max dropped her, they were even given good scores for their dance the week of that snafu- Under normal circumstances in  competition, judges would have issued stiff penalties for such an infraction, but why were these oopsies overlooked?

    Youth and creativty in dance is vibrant and refreshing. The judges should maintain an open attitude  towards  creativity and the artistry of dance movement.  In particular, Len is seldom sensitive and receptive to new interpretations. This is highly unfortunate. As evidenced via the scores,  dancers are penalized for the judges lack of receptiveness.  This has been evident on a weekly basis. This attitude serves to impede the success of the younger dancers. 

    It has also been wonderful to have younger dancers like Bristol Palin, Romeo and Chelsea included in the season line-up. Keep up the diversity!

  • Pat

    I'm very disappointed in this year's final 3, same as last year. Kirsty Alley shouldn't be there and doesn't deserve to be there. Ralph is 10 x the dancer. She waddles around the dance floor, doesn't do the quality of dance Hines or Chelsey is doing, including Ralph. Don't understand why she is there, except that she is older. Maybe if she was pleasant and polite I might agree but she is vile. She is not a nice person. Just wants the publicity. Only hope she gets booted off first. I'll pray!!!!

    • Sue

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  • fred

    Time to watch other channels and shop those sponsors Personally I think the cha cha round made the show look like it decided who was going to win. They probably could announce the winner today. Probably the foot ball player. The judges zero on one couple ablout midseason and everyone else gets lower scores

  • Andrea

    What the producers want the producers get and it's been clear who they've wanted almost from the beginning.  Last year Brandy was eliminated supposedly by the fans votes.  Please!  If the producers had wanted Brandy in the finale she would have beaten out Bristol!  But Brandy was a better dancer than Bristol and threatened one of the other couples so Brandy was eliminated by the producers not by the fans votes.  It's the producers who control the fans votes.

    Same thing with Ralph.  Ralph is a much better dancer than Kirstie [although I'm glad she's in the finale] and he's a much bigger threat to Hines and Chelsea so out he goes.  Hence, the producers get what they want even if it means much better dancers are eliminated. 

    The fans didn't like the outcome of last season so the producers came up with this ridiculous winner takes all cha-cha to placate those who were so insensed last season and let's face to placate the judges [who were so rude to Ralph and Karinna].  In other words the producers decided to CHEAT!

    I think it's time for this show to end.  I know I'm done watching it.

    • Bell

      Unfortunately, it is the fans saving these bad dancers.  It is a popularity contest and not a dance contest.  Fans are voting for their favorite and not the best dancers.  Kirstie should not have been in the top three.

  • SueM

    Supposedly the winner take all cha cha was planned all along.  I don't buy it.  It was thrown in to preserve Chelsea whose fan base doesn't match Kirstie, Ralph, or Hines and ABC/Disney wanted to keep their entry in the competition in the finals.  I'm figuring they pressured the judges to pick the weakest of the remaining contenders to force his elimination.  After last week's knee injury and dancing through pain (but not as well as he would have without the pain), Ralph was the obvious choice.  Does anyone other than the judges (supposedly) feel that the other dancers were that much better than Ralph?  Personally I didn't think they were all that different and each dancer had some flaws, but the judges were primed to pick someone to eliminate who wasn't Chelsea and they chose Ralph.

    Plus 15 points is just too much to give all at once.  Maybe a 15, 10, 5, 0 arrangement would have been fairer, but 15 take all?  No way!  The voters have been totally cheated of their voice.

    This little gimmick has just ruined what seemed to finally be a fair season: all the dancers seemed to come from relatively the same place and all made progress.  No obvious ringers; no polarizing competitors; validating the email for on-line voting to prevent the Tea Party fraud from last season.  And now the producers have to be the ones to cheat.

    I won't threaten to never watch again, because I know there's a chance I will watch, but I truly hope they get the message that this 'fix' was viewed as the wrong kind of fix.  Oh and please get Bruno some Valium.  Usually I find him amusing; this season he's been a little scary.

    • Jessica

      Agree 100%

  • PJ

    Game shows are not allowed to cheat so why are Competition Shows?  The most insulting thing of all about the 15 pt. Winner Take All Dance was that the judges even blamed it on US the voters! Nonsense!  If we had wanted Chelsea, we would have voted for her. This truly is my last season for DWTS — as one of the commenters noted, we finally got a fair, level playing field of contestants (no stars that actually dance for a living like Nicole and Jennifer) and then the producers pull this stunt!  Also, it was hard to watch the way the judges treated Ralph Macchio. This guy seemed like such a nice guy and the judges took every opportunity to bash him, even humiliate him.  It was the strangest, rudest treatment of a contestant that I have ever seen on this show or any other.  I don't know any of these people personally, of course, but geez, he seemed as nice and sweet and hard-working as anyone else on the show but he was treated horribly by the judges.  Didn't seem like he could do anything to please the narcissistic judges who have decided the show is all about them.  Notice that they didn't even comment when he was eliminated.  Not a thank you for being on the show or we will miss you from one single judge. First time I've ever seen that — usually they are fawning all over someone who was eliminated even after they give them horrible scores! What decent, sane person would want to be on this show after watching the way Ralph Macchio was treated? The money isn't worth the character assassination. In addition, ABC should be fined for allowing the stunts of potty-mouthed judge Bruno.  He is disgusting.  This show starts at 7:00 pm in my area of the country.  It is prime time; it is supposed to be a family show.  This Bruno guy acts like a porn star.  Where is the FCC when you need them?

    • Bell

      That's because you're voting for your favorite and not the best dancer

  • lynsu

    As fans, we have made DWTS the highest rated show on TV.  We watch, because we are part of the show through voting.  Fans are allowed to vote for their favorite, whether they are the best dancer or not.  If that weren't true, how can we explain some of the champions?  Emmet Smith, while a wonderful man, wasn't the BEST dancer that year. Lawrence Taylor, as a finalist? PlEEEASE! Many good dancers have been voted off so that a FAN FAVORITE will be spared.

    What basically happened w/ Chelsea is that, while a wonderful dancer, she didn't have the fan support, the producers decided to save her w/ the bogus 15 points.  My thinking is that the judges knew from the beginning she would be awarded the 15.  No question about it.

    Okay, I get it, but the voters should be pissed.  Palin rec'd the VIEWERS' votes last year to save her…there was no conspiracy on anyone's part.  This year, the show took us out of the equation.

    This is the a much bigger conspiracy.  Where's the outrage?

    by the way,  Bruno should go.  I'm tired of his off-color comments.

    • Bell

      I find no problem with the judges trying to save the best dancer.  It's a dance contest, not a popularity contest.  Come on fans.  IT'S A DANCE CONTEST!!!

      • Sue

        Bill IM with ya, this is suppsed to be based on dancing ability , not popularity.There is no way Kirstie should have come in second. It was so painful to watch the oaf dance…….

  • Donna

    Chelsea and Mark definitely were the winners.  They were the best dancers, but I guess the judges made sure she didn't win.  Noticed the show was fixed when Carrie Ann told the British visiting judge he had to vote  a 7 not an 8 for a certain dance (Ralph Machio).

    • Bell

      I agree Chelsea and Mark were the winners, but it was the fans voting for their favorite instead of the best dancer that causes the problem.

  • Sue

    There is no way in hell Kirstie Alley should be in the top three, much less the top 20.She can not dance. Chelsea is better than Hines, and he is awful good ! But Kirstie, love her as an actress not a dancer….

  • Sandra77

    Kirstie danced very well and deserved to be in the final 3 over Ralph.  Ralph handled the ballroom dances well, but he was just too stiff in the latin dances – his cha cha was really not good.  And his hands were not good (looked like claws), and I believe the judges told him about this repeatedly, yet he and Karina ignored that critique and did not work to fix it (the judges may have come down on him because he and Karina were ignoring that critque from week to week).  As for the show being just a dancing contest and not a popularity contest, that's just sticking your head in the sand.  If the show were not also an entertainment show/popularity contest, they why allow an audience vote and why let that audience vote count for 50% (as much as the judges' vote)?  The audience does not know how to judge ballroom dancing (or any other kind of dancing, for that matter) – they're no experts – they just know who they like and what they like, and vote accordingly.  If this were a real dance competition, all the judges would be from the ballroom world and know ballroom dancing (only Len Goodman is from the ballroom world), and there would either be no audience voting or the audience voting would count for only 25% or less of the final result.  No one gets to control who the audience votes for, or how many votes each single audience member can give (some audience members just vote once with the 5 or 12 or how many votes they are given from week to week, while some create numerous email addresses and a single audience member will vote 100 or 300 times or more).  The premise of the show is that the audience has as much power to select the winner(s) as do the judges, therefore the show is as much a popularity contest as a dancing contest.