So I guess it makes me wonder-if the producers planned something but decided not to use it, would they still be able to get out of it or would they have to do it? This in reference to the 'winner take all' dance happening regardless of whether or not they wanted a certain couple in the finals over Ralph. I'll stick with the conspiracy they wanted Ralph out, given the negative attitude towards him Monday and everything being so lovey to everyone else. Last season may have been more of a disaster of one of the worst dancers ever overstaying her welcome, but it's not the first time that has happened, nor will it be the last. So why put this challenge in place now? Why do a dance off 3 and 4 seasons after Sabrina Bryan? That really only resulted in saving one bad dancing couple. I think they make the rules up as they want the season to happen. Makes me wonder if the producers have felt any heat over that. Another thing-why 15 points? That's what seemed odd to me was how many points were being given out, and why it seemed like they knew just how many points someone needed to make it over another. I don't even think the marathon dances or the judges ranked dance in the second night of the finals gave more than 10 points to the top couple.
'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Maks On, Wax Off
Three couples head into next week's season 12 finals; Stevie Nicks performs
By Annie Barrett | Published May 18, 2011
To no one's surprise, the karate kid who earned 25 less points than the leader during Monday's semifinals was sent home on week 9 of Dancing With the Stars. Ralph Macchio, a fountain of enthusiasm and youth, returned to his family just like he made a point to do after every Hollywood job in the '80s. Throughout his exit interview, I kept gazing up at the three sad blondes onstage (Kym, Kirstie, Chelsea), who were clearly genuinely crushed to see him go.
Ralph definitely loved being on Planet Mirrorballus, but after the judges' tepid response to his efforts this week, it seemed like he was ready to leave. I liked how he brought up his week 1 dance ("the place erupted," awww) instead of his recent, more troubling experiences, and I loved how Karina acknowledged that she'd had a blast this season. She totally did, and Ralph is to thank. He's a perfect DWTS contestant to me: Fun, nerdy, clueless about the ballroom, and dying to be there. Loved this couple.
Ralph may not have been the strongest dancer, but his fans will likely believe that Monday night's Winner Takes All Cha-Cha (which awarded 15 extra points to Chelsea and Mark) was the twisted knife at play in Ralph's demise. I learned today that the WTACC had been planned before season 12 had even begun, and was instituted as a direct result of early exits by talented dancers such as Brandy and Sabrina Bryan. So apparently even if the producers didn't want to put a specific couple ahead this week, the WTACC would have happened anyway. Weird!
For the more succinct version of the above paragraph, here's Karina after the show: “[The judges] said everything besides the actual words, ‘we don’t want you in the finale.'"