I can't believe I'm going to eat my words, but Kirstie won me over in one episode! Actually, it's more like one segment! I was totally expecting her to be another Cloris Leachman, i.e. all jokes and no talent, but she rocked! I'm excited to see what she does this season and I hope she makes it far. I love that Maks seems to be having such a good time, especially after a disappointing season last time. Kirstie has always had an over-the-top personality and that will work in her favor. So many times we've seen actresses suddenly become shy and have trouble performing in front of an audience (hello, Jennie Garth!). Although Kirstie's laugh sometimes grates and I wasn't at all happy that she was paired with Maks, my favorite pro, I'm thrilled with her now. I hope she keeps it up and shocks everyone by winning! Plus, if she's lost this much weight already, think how much more she'll lose by the finals!
Ralph was obviously also a big surprise! I don't know that I would call him a ringer because he took dance classes 30 years ago. Yes, he may have some basic technique, but that doesn't always mean a person will have talent in a different type of dance. As for the SYTYCD comparison, there are plenty of incredibly talented dancers who audition for that show and don't make it far because they aren't good outside their own specialty.
I'll echo the "poor Tony" sentiments. I felt that way the second I heard he was paired with WW. I'm not a fan of hers and figured she'd be another "shopping cart" for Tony. Like someone else said, if he couldn't win with Melissa, he likely won't get another chance.
I've been an admirer of Petra's ever since she showed so much grace after her horrible tragedy in the tsunami. I hope she sticks around for a while and not just because of Dmitry.
For me, this show is about being surprised by people. I never would have picked Ralph and Kirstie to be the top scorers! I love that two of the oldest performers are kicking butt! I will say that I thought Kirstie deserved a 24 as well. I thought she was just as good as Ralph. Unless he improves dramatically next week, I think Mike will be the first to go.