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Karate Kid Ralph Macchio kicked off Dancing with the Stars

The mystical power of martial arts wasn't enough to save lanky Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio Tuesday, as he found himself kicked off ABC's competition Dancing with the Stars.

Macchio took the long walk instead of former Cheers star Kirstie Alley, whose celebrity and kid-gloves handling by the judges have kept her in the game despite an onstage tumble and losing a shoe during a different dance. On Monday, Alley managed a Viennese waltz and paso doble which drew praise from the judges, while Macchio earned the lowest scores of the night with disappointing efforts ocming off an injury.

Now it seems Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward and Disney Channel actress Chelsea Kane will face off for the show's vaunted mirrorball trophy next week; not even Dancing's devoted fan base is charitable enough to hand Alley a victory over two dancers who have dominated the show for many weeks.

Posted by deggans at 10:40:45 pm on May 17, 2011

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