Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio

Cheers to Ralph Macchio for proving he's alive and kicking on Dancing With the Stars.

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The all-grown-up Karate Kid could've been this season's Steve Guttenberg — an '80 relic who remains irrelevant. Instead, he's like the male Jennifer Grey — a movie star who's been out of the picture for years but returns triumphantly to have the time of his life.

Returning to the network where he first became a TV star on Eight is Enough, Macchio has emerged, along with Kirstie Alley, as Season 11's most likable contestant, thanks to his self-deprecating sense of humor. The 49-year-old actor dedicated this week's rhumba (set to the tune of "Stay Gold," from his breakthrough movie The Outsiders), to Phyllis, his wife of 24 years. That's sure to win favor with Dancing's older female audience. Len and Bruno might not have been blown away, but somewhere, Mr. Miyagi is smiling.

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