'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' Semi-Finals Eliminations: Why Have All the Young Men Gone?
'Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars' Semi-Finals Eliminations: Why Have All the Young Men Gone?
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Let's hear it for the boys!

This is, after all, our last chance to cheer for any male celebrities on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars. With the eliminations of both Emmitt Smith and Apolo Anton Ohno in the semi-finals, there are only women left in contention for this season's Mirror Ball.

How did that happen?

It's Hard in the Middle

One of the big issues faced by both Emmitt Smith and Apolo Ohno was the problem of being in the middle of the pack. Apolo was never on top, and Emmitt had only one week there -- way back at the beginning of the DWTS season. Since then, neither man has managed to take the lead in any way.

When you consider the competition, being in the middle probably wouldn't be good enough.

About That Competition...

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough have been the couple to beat for many weeks now. If they hadn't made it to the finals, we would be talking about a huge upset. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, on the other hand, were solid middle-of-the-pack residents for most of this season.

But "most of this season" doesn't matter when you have a late surge like these two. Melissa and Tony have totally dominated the past few weeks, making it imperative for a lesser-known reality star to go for the finals.

As for Kelly Monaco, well... She has a really strong fan base.

Too Many Athletes

There were an awful lot of sports figures this season on Dancing with the Stars. Usually there's an athlete or two, sure, but we went into the semi-finals with three sports people still standing.

They would have split the "sports" vote as a result. And with Shawn being so dominant, the other two were in trouble.

Girl Power?

For most of this season, it's been the female dancers that have been noticeable. Only Gilles Marini (tragically eliminated in week 8) ever had any domination. The other guys? Not so much. Emmitt was a big teddy bear, and Apolo gave some great performances, but both men were always in the shadows of their female competition.

You have to stand out to win on Dancing with the Stars. This is all the more true in an all-star season. In the end, neither Emmitt Smith nor Apolo Anton Ohno managed to do this. Thus, we will not be seeing the guys in the finale.

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