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I’ve been watching Dancing with the Stars ever since it started seven years ago. For all those years I was able to pick who would be eliminated and once again I was right. Maria Menounos was eliminated just as I predicted.

Katherine Jenkins, William Levy and Donald Driver will be dancing next week for the Mirror Ball Trophy, once again as I predicted. It is sad though not to see Derek dancing in the finals but I think he needs some time away to get recharged and get new ideas for his dances. Once again Cheryl and Mark are in the finals and a newcomer, Peta, will be there. Will she be able to handle the pressure and get Donald Driver to perform at his best? We’ll see.

Tuesday’s night elimination was fun to watch and I especially enjoyed seeing Julianne Hough. But her singing and gyrating was rather weird. She is a good singer but I do like her better as a dancer. She also seemed pleased when asked how her “boyfriend” is doing – it’s Ryan Seacrest you know. I think she can do better but then as my mother used to say, there is no accounting for taste and you can’t pick them for anybody.

Next week are the finals so good luck to the stars and their professional dancers. Rumor has it that next season may feature previous stars – the most popular ones who didn’t make it to the finals. No names yet but rumor also has it that the ratings for DWTS is down and maybe this will spice up the show with familiar faces. Heck it worked for “Survivor” a couple of times maybe this will work for Dancing with the Stars.

Last night’s Dancing with the Stars showcased ballroom and Latin dances for the six remaining stars. It seems that the Fox Trot was the headliner dance. Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan and William Levy danced the Fox Trot with William Levy receiving the highest score of the night a perfect 30. Poor Melissa Gilbert messed up at the beginning of her dance and for that the judges gave her a 24. Roshon Fegan’s dance was simple and not very complicated but that was all he needed to do to get a 29 for his Fox Trot.

Donald Driver’s Tango was very powerful and he was very good, even Len liked it. His score was a 27.

The two ladies, Maria Menounos and Katherine Jenkins who is a wonderful performer, both danced the Viennese Waltz. Katherine’s waltz was excellent but the judges didn’t like it very much and scored her with a 26. However, Carrie Anne and Bruno loved Maria’s waltz but Len wasn’t impressed with it because it didn’t have the hold sequence that is required in a waltz – I totally agree with Len on that one, the dance was too theatrical for me. But Maria came out with a score of 28.

The second round of dancing was a lot of fun to watch and really showed the talent of the stars along with the professional dancers. It was a “trio” dance where a star danced with two other professional dancers. Right away I saw what a difference another professional dancer makes to push the stars to perform better. Melissa’s samba was sexy, hot, fun and she did a great job with Max and his brother Val. I also noticed that the height difference between Melissa and Max is obvious. If you pair her with Val, Melissa isn’t stumbling or trying to reach out of her comfort level but looks great paired with Val. Val isn’t as tall as his brother Max and seems to be the perfect height for Melissa. So if Melissa is eliminated, I would blame it on the producers who have in the past not paired the stars with a pro that is the same height as they are.

Donald’s Jive was great and he has really come into his own these past few weeks. I hope he hasn’t peaked too soon.

Roshon’s Pasa Doble was good but I liked the comment from Len when he said that he was watching two skinny fries chasing the ketchup bottle.

William’s Pasa Doble was also very good and had a good story line where he was Zorro coming to the rescue of the fair maiden.

Maria’s samba was more of a Bollywood type of dance and not really a Samba. Len didn’t like it and neither did I.

Katherine’ cha cha was fun to watch. I thought it got a bit too busy .But at the beginning of the dance a piece of her costume was caught on her leg. But Katherine being a great performer continued on and at the right moment that included a kick, she kicked it off.

The elimination night will eliminate two stars. This is getting really hard to predict. All the stars performed at their top of the game. My preference for elimination is Maria and Roshon. Many of the dances Maria performed were gimmicks and not true ball room dancing and as for Roshon he has worked very hard but not hard enough to win the “mirror ball” trophy.

I guess you have to be careful what you say to the judges when you are facing the dance elimination. Jaleel White made a comment just before the dance off about Len. He said, “Len is the old guy outside the grocery store who won’t give a kid any money!” Whoops!

As a result, Jaleel and Roshon were in the elimination dance and Jaleel did not get anyof the judge’s votes. He should have said instead of Len that all the judges on Dancing with the Stars won’t give a kid money. As a result, they all saved Roshon to come back next week.

Actually, Roshon did a good job dancing the Rhumba but I think Jaleel looked stronger. But when you give a “left-handed” compliment to one of the judges, you won’t get his vote.

Now there are only six left. The biggest surprise was that Melissa Gilbert was saved thanks to her fans. This is wonderful, hope she does a fantastic job next week so Maks can give the judges a hard time!

Watching the second week of Dancing with the Stars, I just couldn’t figure out why the judges gave Melissa Gilbert and Maks a 20 for their Quick Step? I think they did a great job and Maks pushed Melissa to try difficult steps. But they seemed to have a lot of criticism about the dance. Granted, she did slip but I’m sure it was because of her dress being so long. Or is it because they don’t particularly like Maks? You know about the kerfuffle he had last season with the judges, where Maks called the judges out on some of their scoring. Is this season retribution towards Maks? If so, that’s not fair to Melissa Gilbert. She is doing a great job in performing on her level and I’m sure in a couple of more weeks she will be dancing great.

Then there was Gladys Knight’s Quick Step. She did well for a woman “her age” on this dance. I hope she stays around a couple more weeks, I do like watching her.

Most of the other stars’ performances were good also but Mark and Katherine Jenkins are real contenders this season. Katherine is so cute, she is shy about moving her “naughty bit” but she performed!

Then there was Gavin DeGraw. Poor Karina, she has a dud this season. He is a singer and songwriter but has absolutely no musicality in his body! And wassup with that hat he wears all the time? I saw a tweet from a viewer and they were wondering what is underneath his hat? He’s probably bald and there is nothing under the hat!!

Tony has a lot of work to do with Martina Navratilova! It was nice to see her last week but this week she was nothing but a sack of potatoes dancing!

However, my prediction will be Gavin being the first to leave the show.