Who doesn't love a Dancing With the Stars episode dedicated to America? With flags waving and red, white and blue flowing, it was a superb night of dancing and Uncle Sam costuming on Dancing With the Stars.
It was hard to separate from the pack this week. Hines Ward just can't be contained on the dance floor, but he better watch out. Chelsea Kane was again hot on his heels in this week's salute to America.
DWTS: Dancer breakdown
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
It was definitely not the finest week for Ralph Macchio. The consistently good dancer fell flat with lack of flair for the samba. The only way to describe it would be through the kind words of Bruno Tonioli: "The line dance and two-step was very, very good, but we're looking for a samba. You do a character very, very well. Give me sex, man!"
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke danced a beautiful Viennese waltz that was definitely not expected from the big wrestler. Carrie Ann Inaba put it best: "In some weird way, I feel like we've underestimated you."
We're pretty sure Len Goodman gets the creepy comment of the night: "It's so nice to see Cheryl showing off the Rocky Mountains there." Use your imagination, people.
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin
The quickstep is not an easy dance and Petra Nemcova found that out the hard way this week. She kept up with the pace pretty well but there was something off between her and Dmitry Chaplin. The judges noticed too.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Who knew dancing the foxtrot could be so cool? Romeo knew, that's who. Romeo and Chelsie, the young, hip kids of the dance floor, took a dated dance and made it somehow fit with their own vibe. Of course Len wasn't completely thrilled with that but Carrie Ann said, "That was so cool and so sophisticated! You have your own unique style."
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
We hate to be biased, but Hines Ward and Kym Johnson are just a joy to watch. Their rumba this week was just brilliant! He looked so dashing in his white service uniform. Okay, that was off subject. We weren't the only ones loving this football player's off-the-field moves. Bruno gushed, "Ease of move, musicality, and just the right amount of sensuality to make the ladies swoon!"
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
According to the judges, Kirstie Alley danced her best dance yet with her foxy foxtrot. This leaves us wondering why she got such a low score. She didn't lose a shoe or fall on the ground so maybe that was the problem. Kirstie and Maks had some hip-shaking moves we never thought we'd see from Alley -- and we loved it but just wish she could have had higher scores.
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel
Another foxtrot, this time courtesy of Kendra Wilkinson. She stepped it up this week, but Louis Van Amstel has to get Kendra Wilkinson out of her own head. She's such a fantastic dancer but she doesn't believe it. You can see her strategically thinking about her moves. It was miles better than last week, but she was our front-runner in the beginning so she has to get that confidence back! We saw it shine through a bit this week.
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Chelsea Kane has got the best facial expressions when she dances! She's cute as a button. Her samba had so much pizzazz this week, she fit right in with the fireworks! Mark Ballas knows just how to bring her quirky side out and showcases that week after week. She's killing it! Another creepy Len remark: "Yum, yum, what a bum! This was real good fun!"
Okay, so if we're counting right, out of eight couples, six showed a score of 26 or 22 -- interesting. Who was your favorite this week? Do you think Chelsea Kane could have squeezed out an extra point to tie Hines Ward for first place? Did Ralph Macchio belong in the bottom with Kendra Wilkinson and Petra Nemcova? Don't forget to check out the results show on Tuesday night and check back to SheKnows for all your Dancing With the Stars recaps and results!