dwts macchio samba 'Dancing with the Stars': Ralph Macchio's stiff patriotic sambaSome things just don’t go together. Two of those things are a soft-rock version of the Allman Brothers’ Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and the Brazilian samba. Of course, that didn’t stop the geniuses at “Dancing with the Stars” from mashing up the two for the first dance of the night — from erstwhile frontrunners Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff.

From the first few steps, it was clear that Macchio’s jeans — super-dark cowboy-style wash — were stiffer than Bruno Tonioli’s enthusiastic critique. Macchio came off as uncomfortable and a little bit lost — and who can blame him? It’s like trying to sing “La Isla Bonita” while “Freebird is blasting into your earphones.”

Len Goodman and the afore-mentioned Tonioli both made a point of calling Macchio on his stiff hips.

“It needs fire down below, man,” said Tonioli. “You’ve got to get those hips going.”

Carrie Ann Inaba was the dissenting opinion, saying “I think that was a great and entertaining performance. Probably your most vivacious performance ever.”

Vivacious, yes. Graceful, no. And definitely not on par with last week’s “Romeo and Juliet” waltz.

What do you think — will the samba set Macchio back on the leader board?

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson