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Photo Gallery: Surprises propel Las Vegas favorites into DWTS finals

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The bottom two — Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough and Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel — on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani on ABC's Dancing With the Stars. Launch slideshow »
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Tom Bergeron, Samantha Harris, Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

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The group hug goodbye on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Fans of Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond rallied in overwhelming numbers to save him from the bottom in the semifinals and propel him into next week’s finals of Dancing With the Stars. Rock wild child and Las Vegas regular Kelly Osbourne also was saved from elimination, and as a result, model Joanna Krupa, who had been safely in second place, was eliminated from the contest.

This means Las Vegas now has two of its favorites in the finals. Despite receiving high scores and incredible praise from the judges, Joanna and her Las Vegas Academy professional partner Derek Hough were axed in a stunning upset in last night’s semifinals.

The December Playboy cover girl was gracious in defeat: “It’s been such an amazing experience. I came in an underdog. I’ve grown as a person. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. Now I’m rooting for Kelly to win it all.”

Kelly said afterward: “I am speechless for the first time in my life. All I can say is thank you to my fans for voting me onward.”

Donny added: “It was intense, and I just thank my fans for getting me to the finals. We’re down to so few people that the group hugs have become less crowded!”

In his first dance on the Monday night performance show, Donny nearly stumbled, becoming tangled momentarily in Kym’s flimsy gown that could have led a very revealing wardrobe malfunction. Last night after the results show, he commented on that incident: “There’s no room for mistakes. It would be so much easier if they got rid of the cameras.”

Former The Bachelor star and last season contestant Melissa Rycroft, who had spent the weekend with fiance Tye Strickland celebrating their bachelor and bachelorette parties here at the Palazzo and The Venetian, returned to the show for a demonstration dance number with some of the cast’s professionals. Singers Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis performed their new singles on last night’s show, which also featured the surviving Bee Gees celebrating the group’s 50th anniversary by performing “You Should Be Dancing.”

As we predicted in our spoiler-alert results story here last night minutes after the live East Coast broadcast, blogs this morning are filled with angry and negative comments about the voting procedures on the ABC show. Many complained that the 800-number voting time was too short. Most said it shouldn’t be a popularity contest and that the expert judges -- Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba -- should carry more weight in the voting. Many urged them to have the final say as to who should be kicked out each week.

Next week’s finals will be Donny, Kelly and singer Mya with their pro partners Kym, Louis Van Amstel and Dmitry Chaplin, respectively. We’ll have live Twitter reports as the dance floor events take place, followed by the judges’ scoring, and then on Tuesday, our spoiler-alert story of the winner shortly after the live broadcast ends.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground. Read more of Robin's stories at VegasDeLuxe.com.

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