DWTS 12, Week 8 – Ralph Macchio And Karina Smirnoff Doing a Viennese Waltz That’s Never Been Done Before And More

TV Guide has a new interview up with Karina. She gives a hint of how her and Ralph’s new dances (the Viennese Waltz and the Cha Cha) are coming along. Sounds like they have something edgy, sexy, and different planned for tonight for their Viennese Waltz. This is sounding cool so far. Here is a take. Be sure to read the link for the full interview.

You’ve said your Viennese waltz is one that’s never been done before.
Karina Smirnoff: It’s going to be so awesome! I requested this song in the beginning of the season, so I’ve been waiting to do this for a while. It’s just going to be a completely different spin on the Viennese waltz. It’s usually romantic and elegant, but ours is dark, edgy and sexy. Ralph is so different and so sexy and so dominant in it. It’s really cool. He’s totally into the character of the dance. I’m so excited about it.

How do you think the judges are going to react to it, especially Len? Is it still a traditional routine?
Smirnoff: It’s still traditional. I’m not changing the moves. They’re all Viennese waltz elements. Len won’t say we broke any rules. The only difference is the mood. I think it’s going to take everyone by surprise, but I think it’s going to work. We’re both really pumped about it. It’s just a fresh twist on something you’ve seen plenty of times before. I think the judges will love it. I hope they will!

How’s the cha-cha going?
Smirnoff: Great! It’s so funny because that was the team dance last week and Ralph was nervous about doing all the moves and shaking his hips and stuff, but he slowly got comfortable with it and now he can’t wait to do a whole routine. It’s going to be hot and fun. Let me tell you, he’s really gotten into the cha-cha. He is shaking it and working it! Between this and the Viennese waltz, this will be the sexiest you’ll ever see him!

The cha-cha’s also the Instant Dance. What’s your plan? Are you not worried about the music?
Smirnoff: Yeah, I’m not worried about it. It’s choreographed in a way that’s adaptable to whatever music they give us. It’s obviously not completely done, but we have most of it down and I left some leeway if we need to change anything. We have option A or option B, and we’ll just work on it in those 30 minutes or whatever before we have to dance.

How has Ralph been handling not only having two dances, but one where he doesn’t even know the music?
Smirnoff: It’s so tough, especially at this point in the show, but he’s been doing well. You do get really tired sometimes, and you have brain farts. Like I could tell him to step right and he’ll step left. And I’ll say, “No, right!” And he’ll keep stepping left! [Laughs] It’s hard, but we always pull through at the end of the day. This show is a testament to how powerful the human mind and will is for the pros and the celebrities. I was talking to Mark Ballas today and he was like, “Are you OK?” I said yes, but I’m just, like, exhausted. It’s an effort to talk. It took me four hours to get out of bed today!

Also and according to Karina and Ralph’s tweets, it appears Ralph is nursing an injury of some sort. Let’s hope and pray this injury won’t set these two back in any way tonight. They deserve to be in the finals in my opinion.


Hey guys, sorry for being MIA. @ and I r dealing with an injury and hoping to be ok by Monday. Please pray for a quick recovery!
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Karina Smirnoff


Been down this wk dealing w/some serious pain management, but as someone once said “nothing’s gonna ever keep me down” :-) @
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Ralph Macchio