'Dancing With the Stars' results: Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff will be outsiders at the finale

dwts-results-week-9-ralph.jpg "Dancing With the Stars" graciously took care of the obvious work early on during the week 9 results show. Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward, Season 12's highest scorers, will compete in the finale.

That left Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio as the duo vying for the last spot. They're the oldest and some of the least consistent contestants this season, and though they both have had their promising moments, the finale was never a guarantee for either of them.

But for Kirstie, at least, it's a reality. She and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will progress to the finale, leaving Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff in their dust.

It's rough to see the "Karate Kid" go, but the right man went home. Ralph just hasn't kept up with his competitors since his injury two weeks ago -- and it's hard to argue with the scores.

And our readers. Again, Zap2it readers overwhelming predicted this week's elimination, with 66.7% of the vote.

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