‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 13: Who’s Who in the Final Four

By Suzan Clarke

Nov 14, 2011 7:21am
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It’s the ninth week of “Dancing With the Stars” season 13, and there have been 75 dances and eight tough eliminations.

“Good Morning America” caught up with the top four to chat with them as they approach the home stretch.

Here’s a break-down of the final four and their partners, along with a tally of their highest and lowest scores for individual routines.

J.R. Martinez, 28. Actor and Iraq war veteran. He was injured while serving in Iraq, and has undergone 33 surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery, to repair the damage that has left his face partially disfigured. While he was in recovery, he started speaking to other burn patients at the hospital, sharing his experiences and listening to theirs. News of his story and efforts to help others quickly spread, first on a local level and then to national circuits, leading to appearances on “Oprah,” “60 Minutes,” and CNN, and transforming him into a popular motivational speaker. He joined the cast of “All My Children” as combat veteran Brot Monroe in 2008. Martinez, who has emerged as a fan favorite, has consistently scored at or near the top of the leaderboard, and has the season’s only perfect scores. His partner is 33-year-old Karina Smirnoff.

Highest score:  Tied. Perfect scores (two 30s) for his waltz and instant jive in week 8.

Lowest score: A tie for his jive in week two his Viennese waltz in week 1 (22 points on each performance).

Ricki Lake, 43. The actress and former TV talk show is another a favorite to win the mirror ball trophy, thanks to her top-scoring performances. Lake produced the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film examined natural childbirth in the United States and led to the publication of her first book, “Your Best Birth.”  She will return to daytime television with “The Ricki Lake Show” in the fall of 2012 and has recently completed work on a memoir due out in the spring of 2012. Her partner, Derek Hough, 26, is a three-time “Dancing With the Stars” champion.

Highest score: A tie for her tango in week four and her quickstep in week 6 (29 points for each performance).

Lowest score: Viennese waltz, 20 points, in week 1.

Hope Solo, 30. The starting goalie for the United States Women’s National Soccer team is widely considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. At the 2011 World Cup, Solo recorded two shutouts in group play and made a crucial save in a penalty shootout against Brazil in the quarterfinal, helping the American women advance to the semi-finals. The U.S. reached the final, falling to Japan in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw. Solo was awarded the Adidas Golden Glove by FIFA as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. Solo was awarded the Adidas Golden Glove by FIFA as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. Solo also is an Olympic gold medalist, but her fortunes on the dance floor haven’t been as golden. She started the competition on a shaky footing, and has consistently been criticized by the judges for poor dance technique, but her last performance won her her highest score of the season and the judges told her she’d had real improvement. Her partner, 31-year-old Maskim Chmerkovskiy, is the bad boy of the dance floor. He proved it this season when, in passionate defense of his partner’s harshly-judged performance, he got into a verbal dust-up with head judge Len Goodman. When he testily suggested that the popular judge “get out” of the industry, he faced strong criticism.

Highest score: Quickstep, 27 points, in week 8.

Lowest score: Jive, 19 points, in week 2.

Rob Kardashian, 24: Kardashian is the brother of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, and has his own strong fan base among “Dancing With the Stars” viewers. The only son of the late attorney Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner, Kardashian graduated from Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with a degree in business entrepreneurship, and has taken on several business ventures. He enjoys a modeling career as the face of the popular brand, Ocean Pacific, and in his spare time loves to maintain an active lifestyle, playing golf and basketball, running and skiing. His improvement on “Dancing With the Stars” has been impressive. He is partnered with Cheryl Burke, 27. Burke has won “Dancing With the Stars” twice.

Highest score: Quickstep, 27 points, in week 8.

Lowest score: Viennese waltz, 16 points, in week 1.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think of the final four? Which three stars will make it to the finals?

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