Dancing with the Stars 2011 continues Monday evening on ABC withÂ its fourth weekÂ of competitiveÂ action.Â To celebrateÂ the hit reality show’s first ever Classical week, the nine remaining celebs and their pro partnersÂ—including the now-infamous pairing of actress Kirstie Alley and Maksim ChmerkovskiyÂ—will perform one of three intrinsically elegantÂ dances: The Waltz, the Viennese Waltz, and the Paso Doble. Here’s a look at who’s dancing what, and what you can probably expectÂ by night’s end.
Owners ofÂ the title of most-Googled couple, thanks to their week 3 Rumba-tumble in the ballroom, Alley and DWTS bad boy Chmerkovskiy will Waltz for votes. The 60-year-old Cheers actress is season 12’s most pleasant surprise, thanks to a spot-on week one Cha-Cha-Cha followed by near-equally solid week 2 and 3 offerings. If theyÂ can avoid falling over, look forÂ them toÂ be near the top of theÂ judges’ leaderboard once again at the closing of Dancing with the Stars 2011 week 4.
Also scheduled to WaltzÂ for Len Goodman,Â Carrie Ann Inaba, andÂ Bruno TonioliÂ are original Karate Kid Ralph Macchio and his Playboy controversy-embroiled partner, Karina Smirnoff. Like Alley, Macchio has enjoyed success on the show thus far, so if he can keep his Inaba-dubbed “creepy hand” in check, he should score well with the Waltz.
Three other couples,Â including Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya, and Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel,Â will take on the Viennese Waltz. Despite being likened to former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne HoughÂ byÂ Inaba following herÂ Cha-Cha-Cha last week, Kane earned just 21 points for the performance and enjoys the less-than-flattering distinction of being one of season 12’s most underscored contestants. She and Ballas will need to stick tightly to the rules ifÂ they want to break away from the pack.
Wilkinson, who entered season 12 as a favorite, hasn’t quite lived up to expectations thus far. To do well, she’ll need to channel her inner-lady and shoot for elegance. Leonard, arguably the weakest contestant remaining, will look to build on the week 3 success of his Paso Doble if he wants to avoid heading home Tuesday evening.
But week 4 isn’t all about flowy Waltzes. Looking to light up the DWTS ballroom with powerful Paso Dobles are Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke, Romeo MillerÂ and Chelsie Hightower, Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin, and Hines Ward and Kym Johnson. All fourÂ couples are genuineÂ seasonÂ 12 contenders and have received high praise from the judging panel. Nemcova and WardÂ enjoy the most momentumÂ thanks to strong week 3 offerings, but Jericho and Miller can’t be discounted.
Dancing with the Stars 2011 weekÂ 4 airs Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on ABC. Until then, check out WetPaint for additional detailsÂ on the couples’ upcoming performances.