'Dancing with the Stars' leaderboard topped by Chelsea and Mark
By Reality TV World staff, 05/17/2011
Dancing with the Stars' twelfth-season semifinals performance show ended with a sense of deja vu on the judges' leaderboard.
Just as they did during last week's eighth twelfth-season performance show, Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane and professional partner Mark Ballas finished in first place on the leaderboard during Monday night's live semifinals performance show.
Monday night's show featured the competition's four remaining couples dancing two routines that were each eligible to receive up to 30 possible points from Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, and then participating in an additional "winner-take-all cha cha" competition in which one couple earned 15 additional points for performing the best cha cha.
Kane and Ballas performed an Argentine tango which received 28 points from the judges and later followed it with a rumba that earned a perfect 30-point score. However, they then won the winner-take-all competition -- which vaulted them far into first place on the leaderboard with 73 total points.
NFL football star Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson finished in second place on the leaderboard -- the same position they had also finished during last week's performance show.
Ironically, Ward and Johnson had received perfect 30-point scores for both the dances -- an Argentine tango and a salsa -- they performed during the performance show's first two rounds, but lost the subsequent winner-take-all competition, leaving them in a distant second place with 60 total points despite their prior perfect scores.
Just as they had last week, actress and former Kirstie Alley's Big Life star Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished in third place on the judges' leaderboard with 54 total points.
After dancing an Viennese waltz that earned 27 points, Alley and Chmerkovskiy returned to the dance floor and performed a paso doble which received an additional 27 points from the judges.
Actor and The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff -- who had finished in fifth and last place on last week's leaderboard -- finished in fourth and last place on Monday night's leaderboard with only 48 total points.
Macchio and Smirnoff danced an Argentine tango which received 25 points and followed it with a salsa routine which received 23 points from the judges.
The judges' scoring and home viewer votes that were cast after Monday night's performances will now be combined and one of the four celebrity and professional pairings will be eliminated on Dancing with the Stars' eighth twelfth-season results show on Tuesday night.