‘DWTS’ Reveals Semi-Finalists; Maks Apologizes

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya (Photo: ABC)

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya (Photo: ABC)

[Spoiler Alert! Don’t read on if you don’t want to know who went home on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Tuesday night.]

After eight weeks of competition, we now have our final four set on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

This week’s elimination was neither shocking nor disappointing, unless you consider Bristol Palin surviving another week shocking. Because it’s game over for former NFL star and all-around nice guy Kurt Warner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya, who were booted from the ballroom Tuesday night.

Kurt, being the true gentleman that he is, didn’t take it too hard. After the show, he told reporters, “I think we all feel it’s unfair when we get kicked off. We felt for a long time that we should have gotten better scores than we did, so we’re disappointed. We’re all biased. But again, we know there’s so many things that go into this.”

“At this point,” he continues, “I’m just glad it’s me and not one of these other guys. I don’t want anybody to have to go home and everybody’s worked hard. The great thing for me is that I came on the show to have a great experience and winning wasn’t really even part of why I did this show. So it’s pretty easy for me to walk away.”

That means moving on to next week’s semi-finales are Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas, and Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The Season 11 winner of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Elsewhere on the show….

In a surprise move, Brandy’s partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy apologized for his outburst after judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s comments Monday night. The brouhaha was over Maks’ decision to start their “Instant Dance” not so instantaneously. During the results show, the dance pro said, “I’d like to apologize to the fans … I’m sorry and I lost my cool a bit. I’ll go back to being cool.”

Maks Calls Carrie Ann’s Comments ‘Stupid’

When asked if he had anything he wanted to say to Carrie Ann, Maks, well, wasn’t exactly cool: “Let’s do our jobs. I’m trying to do mine.” Quick-witted co-host Tom Bergeron quipped, “So being cool lasted for 12 seconds!”

Later Carrie Ann told Maks that “I’ve always respected all of you” and “I hope that you will let it go.” Brandy put her hand over Maks’ mouth to shut him up. Good move.

Then came another edition of “DanceCenter,” featuring Len Goodman, Kenny Mayne, and Jerry Rice, which was actually funny. When they did a close-up of Mark Ballas’ tattoo on his rib cage, they showed a grocery list instead of whatever the heck that tattoo really is. And on the list, the word “chicken” was misspelled as “chickin.” And the Brandy bit with a bottle of Brandy with the singer’s face taped on it was pretty darned funny too.

Adding to the fun were John Legend and the Roots, who performed “Wake Up!” and “Ordinary People,” while Taio Cruz performed his chart topper “Dynamite.” And the Encore Performance went to Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer’s Jive. Brilliance was indeed repeated.

Here are this week’s leaderboard totals (the first score is for the individual ballroom dance and the second is for the “Instant Dance”):

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: 27 + 30 = 57
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 29 + 28 = 57
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: 27 + 29 = 56
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24 + 24 = 48
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 24 + 23 = 47

What do you think of the final four? Are the right folks still in the game? Share your thoughts below.

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