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Dancing with The Stars
Season Seven Review — Top 7 Couples

By Dr Matt 

Here are the weekly Recaps from the Top Thirteen Couples to the Final Three:

Intro       13      12      11      10       9       8       7       6       5       4      Final 3

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News Flash: Julianne Hough is having an apendectomy. From Samba to Surgery within 24 hours.

Here's my Less to Best Ranking for Week Number Six:
** Click the Pro's Name to see a Video of each couples Intro & Performance 
I haven't been adding links lately, because Dick Clark Productions has been on a rampage, shutting down every new YouTube posting of DWTS. Sorry!

    7 - CLORIS LEACHMANCorky Ballas  ( Judges Score: 5 + 5 + 5 = 15,   Judges Rank #7 )
                   Cha Cha Cha —

Cute "little" routine . . . with an emphasis upon the "little." Careful, small movements throughout, capped off with a surprising lift, where Corky grabbed an arm and a leg and sent her flying in a circle. Flatley was polite. Carrianne was more direct. She lamented the loss of a very good dancer last week, Toni Braxton, . . . while Cloris, a dancer of lesser ability, survives.

I've been hoping that the viewing audience will come to their senses and but an end to this charade! Yes, Cloris is fun and witty, but the show is about DANCING. It appears that the Producers may have had enough of Cloris's antics, so the Judges GET REAL and dish out three "5" scores.

    6 - WARREN SAPPKym Johnson  ( J-Score: 8 + 9 + 8 = 25,   J-Rank #3 )

Michael Flatley reminds us that dancing is not all about execution of steps and technique, . . . it's about "soul" and "passion." Flatley congratulated Warren for bringing sensitivity to this Rumba—which is a big order for a big man. But the steps and technique were lacking, so I'm expecting lower scores.

Surprise, surprise . . . 8, 9, 8 . . . what is UP with that? I think they forgot to watch Warren, and just enjoyed Kym's abundance talent and physical assets.

    5 - MAURICE GREENECheryl Burke  ( J-Score: 7 + 7 + 7 = 21,   J-Rank #6 )
                  Viennese Waltz —

I wasn't expecting much, and Maurice surprised me with a glimmer of grace. The judges got on Mr. Greene for NOT having chemistry with his partner. The Viennese is harder to do that one might expect. It takes more muscle control to do the slow dances.

    4 - CODY LINLEYJulianne Hough  ( J-Score: 8 + 8 + 7 = 23,   J-Rank #4 )
                  Samba —

I clearly remember how eye-popping Julianne's Samba was with Season 5 partner Apolo Anton Ohno—check it out. In comparison, this Season 7 routine was watered down to match Cody's ability level. His execution was clean and strong, but, as Bruno pointed out, it lacked the proper technique of Samba "bounce" (rise and fall).

Julianne is having her appendix removed tomorrow. Edyta is going to fill in until she's recuperated.

    3 - SUSAN LUCCITony Dovolani  ( J-Score: 8 + 8 + 7 = 23,   J-Rank #5 )
                  Mambo —

Every week, my review of Susan's dancing, and Tony's dance teaching, is about the same: Small and Tidy. But this week, she had a little more fire! Pretty good routine! Susan is "on the bubble" because she was in the Bottom Two last week.

    2 - BROOKE BURKEDerek Hough  ( J-Score: 8 + 10 + 8 = 28,   J-Rank #1 )
                 Rumba —

Brooke had a foot injury, so her practice time was cut in half. Given that deterrant, Brooke did a great job! Guest Judge, Michael Flatley, loved her performance. Carianne thought it wasn't her best dance, and Bruno thought she was struggling. So, Flatley's "10" score was flanked by two "8" scores.

    1 - LANCE BASS Lacey Schwimmer  ( J-Score: 9 + 9 + 9 = 27,   J-Rank #2 )
                  Jive —

Last week Lacey was critisized for choreographing a routine that looked MORE like "Dancing AROUND the Stars" instead of "Dancing WITH the Stars." So this week Lacey toned her part and beefed up Lance's part. The partnership was very balanced.

The judges liked it to the tune of three "9" scores! Lance and Lacey are back into the thick of the competition with this performance!

Elimination Prediction:

Who SHOULD Go? Cloris Leachman deserves the boot, and with three "5" score from the judges, . . . this could be the week when Cloris is kicked to the Curb!

I think Susan Lucci's Fans will rally and give her enough votes to survive. Plus, you have to wonder where the "Toni Braxton" votes are going to land? I think they are MORE likely to land with Susan, rather than Cloris.

Cloris & Corky Kicked to the Curb! 

Results Show Recap:

Fan Base was NOT enough to save Cloris Leachman this week, after the Judges awarded her not-so-hot Cha Cha three "5" scores.

Cloris was taking license to just "show up" in any scene she wanted. It was funny at first, but I'm thinking that the producers wanted Cloris out, so they could control the quality and continuity of the show.

Dr. Matt

P.S. Here's the Recap and Review for DWTS Week #7

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Dancing with the Stars Season Six  
Order of Finish:

Penn Jillette, Magician & Kym Johnson — 12th
Monica Seles, retired Tennis Player & Jonathan Roberts — 11th
Steve Guttenberg, Actor & Anna Trebunskaya — 10th
Adam Carolla, Comedian & Julianne Hough — 9th
Priscilla Presley, Actress & Louis van Amstel — 8th
Marlee Matlin, Actress & Fabian Sanchez — 7th
Shannon Elizabeth, Actress & Derek Hough — 6th
Mario, Singer & Karina Smirnoff — 5th
Marissa Jaret Winokur, Broadway Actress & Tony Dovolani — 4th
Cristian de la Fuente, Actor & Cheryl Burke — Third Place
Jason Taylor, NFL Football player & Edyta Sliwinska — Second Place
Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Figure Skater & Mark Ballas — DWTS Season 6 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars Season Five  
Order of Finish:

Josie Maran, Model & Alec Mazo — 12th
Albert Reed, Model & Anna Trebunskaya — 11th
Wayne Newton, Entertainer & Cheryl Burke — 10th
Floyd Mayweather, Boxing Champion & Karina Smirnoff — 9th
Mark Cuban, Billionaire Entrepreneur & Kym Johnson — 8th
Sabrina Bryan, Cheetah Girls member & Mark Ballas — 7th
Jane Seymour, Actress & Tony Dovolani — 6th
Cameron Mathison, Soap Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 5th
Jennie Garth, Actress & Derek Hough — 4th
Marie Osmond, Entertainer & Jonathan Roberts — Third Place
Mel B, Spice Girls member & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Second Place
Helio Castroneves, Indy 500 Champion & Julianne Hough — DWTS Season 5 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season Four  
Order of Finish:

Paulina Porizkova, Supermodel Alec Mazo — 11th
Shandi Finnessey, former Miss USA & Brian Fortuna — 10nd
Leeza Gibbons, Talk show host & Tony Dovolani — 9rd
Clyde Drexler, Retired NBA player & Elena Grinenko — 8th
Heather Mills, Charity Campaigner & Jonathan Roberts — 7th
John Ratzenberger, Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 6th
Billy Ray Cyrus Country Singer and Actor Karina Smirnoff — 5th
Ian Ziering, Actor & Cheryl Burke — 4th
Laila Ali, Boxing World Champion & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Third Place
Joey Fatone, 'N Sync Member & Kym Johnson — Second Place
Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic Gold Medalist & Julianne Hough — DWTS Season 4 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season Three 
Order of Finish:

Tucker Carlson, Political Pundit & Elena Grinenko — 10th
Shanna Moakler, Former Miss USA & Jesse DeSoto — 9th
Harry Hamlin, Actor & Ashly DelGrosso — 8th
Vivica A. Fox, Actress & Nick Kosovich — 7th
Willa Ford, Pop Singer & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 6th
Sara Evans, Country Singer & Tony Dovolani Withdrew (withdrew due to family matters)
Jerry Springer, Talk Show Host & Kym Johnson — 5th
Monique Coleman, Actress & Louis van Amstel — 4th
Joey Lawrence, Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 3rd
Mario Lopez, TV Host & Karina Smirnoff — Second Place
Emmitt Smith, retired NFL Running Back & Cheryl Burke — DWTS Season 3 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season Two  
Order of Finish:

Kenny Mayne, ESPN Sports Anchor & Andrea Hale — 10th
Tatum O'Neal, Actress & Nick Kosovich — 9th
Giselle Fernandez, TV journalist & Jonathan Roberts — 8th
Master P, Rapper & Ashly DelGrosso — 7th
Tia Carrere, Actress & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 6th
George Hamilton, Actor & Edyta Sliwinska — 5th
Lisa Rinna, Actress and TV host Louis van Amstel — 4th
Stacy Keibler, former WWE Diva and Actress Tony Dovolani — Third Place
Jerry Rice, retired NFL Wide Receiver & Anna Trebunskaya — Second Place
Drew Lachey, 98 Degrees member & Cheryl Burke — DWTS Season 2 Winners

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Dancing with the Stars — Season One  
Order of Finish:

Trista Rehn, The Bachelorette & Louis van Amstel — 6th
Evander Holyfield, Heavyweight Boxing Champ & Edyta Sliwinska — 5th
Rachel Hunter, Supermodel & Jonathan Roberts — 4th
Joey McIntyre, New Kids on the Block member & Ashly DelGrosso — 3rd
John O'Hurley, Actor & Charlotte Jørgensen — Second Place
Kelly Monaco, Actress & Alec Mazo — DWTS Season 1 Winners



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