Kirstie Alley has been named one of the front-runners on this season of ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ Girlfriend brought it week one and blew a lot of people’s minds, including mine. I was a bit skeptical about her abilities at first, but she has moves and a confidence about her that made her shine. But last night, Kirstie and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy ended up making a bit of a mistake during their routine – Maks dropped Kristie during their rumba routine to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow!” Could this mistake lead to her leaving the show this week? (The fall happens at 2:35 in the video if you want to see it. But in all honesty, Kirstie and Maks recovered well!)
Falling during a routine is something that “never happened before,” Chmerkovskiy says. “If it did I certainly could camouflage it. I guess [my leg] got a Charlie horse. It just gave out.”
Everyone loves a good fall, but this one wasn’t spectacular. It was more a hiccup followed by Maks gently placing Kirstie on the ground. The incident caused the entire ballroom to gasp, but both got up right after – with Maks wincing in pain – and continued the routine. While receiving the judges opinions, Maks looked visibly upset knowing that his slip-up could potentially cost Kristie her spot on next week’s show. The judges were sympathetic, with judge Bruno Tonioli telling them, “You can’t keep good talent down. Once you got up it was better than ever,” and judge Carrie Ann Inaba saying that “sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment.”
After the show, Kristie said that the idea of messing up on live television doesn’t seem so scary now that it has happened to her. No hard feelings from her, who called Maks a “a gladiator” in a tweet, and followed up with another post taking part of the blame: “Maks is too humble.. we all know it takes TWO to Tango..on our feet or on our asses.” The pair ended up scoring a respectable 21 out of 30 points from the judges.
She has a real knack for dancing, and kudos to Maksim for overcoming it and finishing strong. What a trooper! I think they deserve to be safe.
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